Alan W. Black

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Alan W. Black
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Alan W Black
NationalityScotland Scotland
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom UK
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 Technology 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.

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