Xuedong Huang

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Xuedong Huang
Dr Xuedong Huang.jpg
Born (1962-10-20) October 20, 1962 (age 56)
CitizenshipAmerican (since 1995)
Alma materHunan University
Tsinghua University
Edinburgh University
AwardsWired Magazine Next List 2016
2011 Asian American Engineer of the Year
IEEE 1993 Paper Award
Allen Newell Research Excellence Medal
Scientific career
FieldsSpeech Recognition
Natural Language Processing
Software Development
Carnegie Mellon University
Doctoral advisorMervyn Jack

Xuedong Huang (Chinese: 黄学东; born October 20, 1962) is a Chinese-American computer scientist and the key person behind Microsoft's spoken language processing technologies. He is a Microsoft Technical Fellow and company's Chief Speech Scientist. Wired magazine named him one of 25 Geniuses in Next List 2016. [1]


Huang grew up in Hunan, China and became a US citizen in 1995. He received his B.S. degree in computer science from Hunan University in 1982, his MS in computer science from Tsinghua University in 1984, and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh in 1989.


He joined Carnegie Mellon University in 1989 and worked with Raj Reddy and Kai-Fu Lee on speech recognition. At CMU, Huang directed Sphinx-II speech system research and achieved the best performance in every category of DARPA's 1992 benchmarking. He received the Allen Newell research excellence medal for his leadership in speech recognition in 1992, and IEEE Speech Processing Best Paper Award in 1993. He was elected to be a Fellow of IEEE in 2000, and a Fellow of ACM in 2017.[2]

Huang has co-authored over 100 papers and two books: Hidden Markov Models for Speech Recognition, (1987) and Spoken Language Processing, Prentice Hall](2000). In 2014 he coauthored a historical speech recognition review with Raj Reddy and James K. Baker for Communications of the ACM that reflected several generations of speech research.[3] In 2016, he led his team reaching a historical human parity milestone in transcribing conversational speech on the Switchboard task. [4] In 2018, he led his teams achieving more historical human parity milestones in Chinese to English Machine Translation on the WMT-2017 task [5] and real-time natural Text-to-Speech services on Azure. [6]

He is best known for founding and leading Microsoft's speech and language initiatives as well as his pioneering work on Microsoft's multimodal interactive MiPad prototype [7] as Bill Gates demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2001. Huang was instrumental in introducing Microsoft's Speech Application Programming Interface (SAPI) in 1995 and numerous speech and language services since then. From 2000 to 2004, Huang served as the general manager of Microsoft's Speech Platforms Group and shipped Microsoft Speech Server and other voice technologies used in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Windows Mobile and Microsoft Exchange Server. Microsoft Response Point received 2009's Technology of the Year Awards as the best VOIP phone system from the InfoWorld Magazine.[8] From 2009 to 2014, he served as the Chief Architect for Bing. He is currently a CVP leading Microsoft's world-wide Speech and Language responsible for Microsoft Cortana, Microsoft Translator, Office 365, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Azure, and many 3rd parties' speech and translation services.

TV and books[edit]

  • Robert MacNeil, William Cran, Robert McCrum (2005). Do You Speak American? page 191-197, Harcourt Trade
  • PBS TV: Do You Speak American? 2005
  • Xuedong Huang, Alex Acero, Hsiao-Wuen Hon (2001). Spoken Language Processing: a guide to theory, algorithm, and system development, page 1-980. Prentice Hall
  • Xuedong D Huang, Yasuo Ariki, Mervyn A Jack (1990). Hidden Markov Models for Speech Recognition, Edinburgh University Press


  1. ^ https://www.wired.com/2016/04/wired-nextlist-2016/
  2. ^ Cacm Staff (March 2017), "ACM Recognizes New Fellows", Communications of the ACM, 60 (3): 23, doi:10.1145/3039921.
  3. ^ http://cacm.acm.org/magazines/2014/1/170863-a-historical-perspective-of-speech-recognition/fulltext
  4. ^ https://blogs.microsoft.com/next/2016/10/18/historic-achievement-microsoft-researchers-reach-human-parity-conversational-speech-recognition/
  5. ^ https://blogs.microsoft.com/ai/machine-translation-news-test-set-human-parity/
  6. ^ https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-s-new-neural-text-to-speech-service-helps-machines-speak-like-people/
  7. ^ http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/features/2000/05-22mipad.aspx
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 20, 2009. Retrieved February 9, 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)