Alan W. Black

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alan W Black
Alan W. Black.jpg
Alan W Black
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
Coventry University
Known forSpeech synthesis
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
InstitutionsCarnegie Mellon University
Doctoral advisorRobin Cooper and Graeme Ritchie

Alan W Black is a Scottish computer scientist, known for his research on speech synthesis. He is a professor in the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1][2]

Black did his undergraduate studies at Coventry University, graduating in 1984. He earned a master's degree from the University of Edinburgh in 1986 and a Ph.D. from the same university in 1993. After working at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International in Kansai Science City, Japan and at the University of Edinburgh, he took a research faculty position at Carnegie Mellon in 1999. In 2008 he became a regular faculty member with tenure at CMU.[2]

Black wrote the Festival Speech Synthesis System at Edinburgh, and continues to develop it at Carnegie Mellon. He has also worked on machine translation of speech at CMU,[3] and is the co-founder and was chief scientist at Cepstral, a Pittsburgh-based speech translation technology company.[4][5]


  1. ^ LTI faculty listing Archived 20 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 2010-07-18.
  2. ^ a b Biographical sketch Archived 21 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine from Black's CMU web site, retrieved 2010-07-18.
  3. ^ Eisenberg, Anne (4 June 2001), "What's Next: Roaming the World With a Translator in Your Pocket", The New York Times, archived from the original on 4 March 2016, retrieved 18 February 2017.
  4. ^ Yeomans, Michael (13 April 2003), "High-tech translation", Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, archived from the original on 30 August 2008, retrieved 19 July 2010.
  5. ^ Cepstral leadership, retrieved 2010-07-18.

External links[edit]