Alberto Abad obtained the Telecommunication Engineering degree and the PhD degree on 2002 and 2007 respectively, both from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (DEI) of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) and researcher at INESC-ID. He is the coordinator of the Human Language Technologies laboratory (HLT) at INESC-ID and the executive coordinator of the scientific area of Programming Methodology and Technology (MTP) at DEI. He is also an IEEE Senior member, an ACM member, an ISCA member, and an Associated Editor for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing journal.
Alberto Abad has developed his research career in the area of human language technologies for more than 15 years. His research interests include robust speech recognition, speaker and language characterization, applied machine learning, health-care applications, and privacy-preserving speech processing. During these years, Alberto Abad has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications in top-tier conferences and scientific journals of the field. He has been Principal Investigator of FCT funded project VITHEA and INESC-ID representative in the DIRHA European project, Biovisualspeech CMU-Portugal project, and TAPAS ITN. He has also been team member in various Spanish and Portuguese national and international projects, and team leader in international technological evaluation challenges achieving excellent results. He has supervised and co-supervised more than 25 M.Sc. thesis and 1 Ph.D. thesis (+5 on-going) and lectured in courses at both UPC and IST on a variety of topics, including signal processing, machine learning, programming principles, object-oriented programming, and compilers. Alberto Abad has been actively involved in research community activities, including conference organization, and closely collaborated with local industry and start-up companies.