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2014 : New Year, New Director !

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2014 : New Year, New Director !

In January 2014, Gilles Adda will succeed Joseph Mariani as director of the IMMI.

Joseph Mariani (64) has been in charge of the IMMI since its creation in 2007.

He is a Fellow Researcher at the Computer Science Laboratory for Mechanics and Engineering Sciences (LIMSI), a CNRS Research Unit.

He is graduated of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l‘Aéronautique et de l’Espace of Toulouse in 1973, and holds a Thesis in Engineering in 1977 and an Habilitation Thesis in Science in 1982.

After being an engineer at the ISPENA company, he joined LIMSI-CNRS in 1978, where he took the responsibility of the “Speech Communication” group from 1982 to 1985. He then became head of the “Human-Machine Communication” department in 1987 and Director of LIMSI from 1989 to 2000. He rejoined the Ministry of Research as Director of the Information and Communication Technologies Department until 2006. He then became director of IMMI since its creation in 2007. He spent a sabbatical year at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in 1985-1986.

His research topics concern Human-Machine Communication, and especially Spoken Language Processing. He promoted within LIMSI a transdisciplinary approach on those topics, and initiated a transversal project on an immersive Virtual Reality environment for simulation and experimentation.

He has been the first president of the “European Speech Communication Association” (ESCA), now “International Speech Communication Association” (ISCA), and launched the Eurospeech international conference (now Interspeech). He also co-founded and is the Honorary President of the “European Language Resources Association” (ELRA), where he initiated the LREC conference (“Language Resources and Evaluation Conference”). He led the “Francophone Language Engineering Network” (FrancIL) from 1994 to 2001 and was the first convenor of the “Coordinating Committee on Speech Databases and Speech Input/Output Systems Assessment” (Cocosda) from 1991 to 1993.

He has been a member of the CNRS Scientific Council and Ethics Committee.

Joseph Mariani received the Science and Defense prize in 1985. He is a Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters and in the National Order of Merit, a life member and a fellow of ISCA.

Graduate of the Ecole Centrale of Lyon in 1982, he completed at the University Paris-Sud, in partnership with an SME, an engineering PhD in data processing, on automatic subtitling of television programs for deaf people. He defended his PhD thesis in 1987.

In 1992, he joins the CNRS and the LIMSI where his research then relates to statistical Language Modeling applied to voice recognition, translation and information retrieval, where he hosts the topic “ Linguistic Modeling ’’ in the LIMSI group “Spoken Language Processing” (1992-2011).

His recent research relates to the methodological, ethical and practical aspects of the development of Corpora and evaluations in language engineering. Since 2011, he has been animating the research topic “Linguistic Resources” within the LIMSI. In 2010, he was awarded the CNRS Crystal of the INSIS Institute.

Gilles Adda, who has had a long-standing collaboration with the partners of the Institute of Multilingual & Multimedia Information (IMMI), i.e. the LIMSI, the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH) and the Technological Institute of Karlsruhe (KIT)/InterACT Center, was appointed Director of the IMMI on January 1st, 2014.

As for Martine Garnier-Rizet, Scientific Information Coordinator at the IMMI, she left the IMMI for a new position at the French National Research Agency (ANR). We wish her full success in her new functions.

Joseph Mariani, Director of the IMMI from 2007 to 2013
Gilles Adda, Director of the IMMI from 2014
Martine Garnier-Rizet, Scientific Information Coordinator at the IMMI from 2007 to 2013