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Prof. Dr. Reinhold Häb-Umbach

Prof. Dr. Reinhold Häb-Umbach

Communications Engineering

Head - Professor

+49 5251 60-3626
+49 5251 60-3627
Office hours:

Wed. 16.00h -17.00h

Pohlweg 47-49
33098 Paderborn
Postal Address:
Warburger Str. 100
33098 Paderborn

Curriculum Vitae

Current Research Interests 

Statistical signal processing and pattern recognition with applications to speech enhancement and speech recognition, but also to digital communications 

Employment History

04/2001 - current Full professor of Communications Engineering at University of Paderborn, Germany
1990 – 2001 Research Staff Member at Philips Research Laboratories, Aachen, Germany  
02/2000 –01/ 2001 Sabbatical at Philips Natuurkundig Laboratorium, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
1997 Appointment to Senior Scientist
08/1988 – 11/1989 Postdoctoral Fellow at IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA, USA
1983 – 1988 Research Staff Member at Department of Control Systems, RWTH Aachen University, Germany



1988 Dr.-Ing. in Electrical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University
Dissertation: Carrier Phase Synchronization on Fading Channels
1983 Dipl.-Ing. RWTH Aachen University
Thesis: Open-Loop Phase Synchronization in a Digital Receiver
1977 – 1983 Study of Electrical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University 


Honors and Awards

2017 "Top 10% Paper Award" at IEEE Multimedia Signal Processing Workshop, Luton, U.K.. Paper title: Multi-Stage Coherence Drift Based Sampling Rate Synchronization for Acoustic Beamforming, by. J. Schmalenstroeer, J. Heymann, L. Drude, C. Boeddeker, and R. Haeb-Umbach
2017 Co-author of paper winning the best student paper award at Interspeech 2017, Stockholm, Sweden. Paper title: Hidden Markov Model Variational Autoencoder for Acoustic Unit Discovery, by J. Ebbers, J. Heymann, L. Drude, T. Glarner, R. Haeb-Umbach, and B. Raj
2015 Fellow of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
2013 Co-author of paper winning the best student paper award at IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop (ASRU), Olomouc, Czech Republic. Paper title: A Hierarchical System for Word Discovery Exploiting DTW-Based Initialization, by O.Walter, T. Korthals, R. Haeb-Umbach, B. Raj
2012 Co-author of paper winning the best student paper award at International Workshop on Acoustic Signal Enhancement (IWAENC), Aachen, Germany. Paper title: Exploiting Temporal Correlations in Joint Multichannel Speech Separation and Noise Suppression Using Hidden Markov Models, by D.H. Tran Vu and R. Haeb-Umbach
2011 Co-author of publication nominated for best student paper Award at Interspeech 2011, Florence, Italy. Paper title: A Versatile Gaussian Splitting Approach to Non-Linear State Estimation and its Application to Noise-Robust ASR, by V. Leutnant, A. Krueger and R. Haeb-Umbach
2011 Weierstraß-Prize of the University of Paderborn for excellence in teaching
2010 Co-author of Paper winning the best student paper award at International Workshop on Acoustic Echo and Noise Control (IWAENC), Tel Aviv. Paper title: An EM Approach to Multichannel Speech Separation and Noise Suppression, by D.H. Tran Vu and R. Haeb-Umbach
2009 Senior Member, IEEE
Innovation Prize of Philips Research for managing a project, which brought the first name-dialing functionality to Philips moble phones
1994 Innovation Prize of Philips Research for contributions to Philips' Large Vocabulary Continuous Speech Recognition System
1988 "Borchers Plague" of RWTH Aachen University for dissertation with honours
1983 "Springorum Plague of RWTH Aachen University for Dipl.-Ing. degree with distinction
1980 - 1983 Fellow of "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes" (German Academic Scholarship Foundation)


Service to the Scientific Community

-        IEEE Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee Member, 2015 – 2017

-        Regional Publicity Chair, IEEE Workshop on Spoken Language Technology, Athens, Dec. 2018

-        Technical Program Chair, IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 2017

-        Regional Publicity Chair, IEEE Workshop on Spoken Language Technology, San Diego, Dec. 2016

-        General Chair, ITG Conference on Speech Communication, October 2016, Paderborn, Germany

-        Exhibition Chair of Interspeech 2015, Dresden, Germany

-        Member of ITG (German Engineering Society) Technical Committee 4.3/4.4 on Speech Acoustics and Speech Processing; and member of Technical Committee 7.2 on Algorithms for Signal Processing

-        Associate Editor, Eurasip Journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing

-        Technical Reviewer for journals and conferences, including IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, IEEE Signal Processing Letters, Elsevier Speech Communication, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, ICASSP, Interspeech, Eusipco, ASRU, SLT

-        Reviewer of grant applications to EU and DFG (German Research Foundation)

-        Guest editor IEEE Selected Topics in Signal Processing, special issue on „Natural Interaction with Intelligent Environments” (published in October 2010)


Professional Highlights

-       Co-author of Robust Speech Recognition - A Bridge to Practical Applications, Elsevier, 2016

-   Published more than 150 papers in peer reviewed journals and conferences

-        Co-editors of the book Robust Speech Recognition of Uncertain or Missing Data: Theory and Applications, Springer, 2011

-       Ten competitive research grants by DFG (German Research Foundation) in last 10 years

-        Currently supervising 7 Ph.D. students

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