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Pascale Fung
Pascale_FongPascale Fung is a Professor at the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering and Department of Computer Science & Engineeringat The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST). She is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) for her “contributions to human-machine interactions”, and an elected Fellow of the International Speech Communication Association for “fundamental contributions to the interdisciplinary area of spoken language human-machine interactions”. She is the Director of HKUST Center for AI Research (CAiRE), an interdisciplinary research center on top of all four schools at HKUST. She co-founded the Human Language Technology Center (HLTC). She is an affiliated faculty with the Robotics Institute and the Big Data Institute at HKUST. She is the founding chair of the Women Faculty Association at HKUST. She is an expert on the Global Future Council, a think tank for the World Economic Forum. She represents HKUST on Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Societyand is on the Advisory Board of Building Agile Governance for AI & Robotics (BGI4AI). 

Prof. Fung was born in Shanghai to professional artist parents but found her calling in artificial intelligence when she became interested in science fiction as a child. Today, her research interest lies in building intelligent systems that can understand and empathise with humans. To achieve this goal, her specific areas of research are using statistical modelling and deep learning for natural language processing, spoken language systems, emotion and sentiment recognition, and other areas of AI. She is an Editor for Computer Speech and Language. She was an Associate Editor for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing and the Transactions on Association for Computational Linguistics. She was Technical Program Chair for IEEE ICASSP 2018 and will be TPC again in 2020. She was Program Chair for the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), Area Chair for the IEEE International Conference on Audio, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) from 2009 to 2014, Area Coordinator for Interspeech 2016, 2014, 2011 and 2010, Area Chair for EMNLP 2014, Technical Co-Chair for 2014 IEEE Spoken Language Technology Workshop, Technical Chair for the 2009 IEEE Workshop on Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding, and Chair of 2009 ACL 2nd Workshop on Building and Using Comparable Corpora. She has been Area Chair for EACL 2012, NAACL 2011, ACL 2008 and ACL 2004. She was Chair (1999) and Area Chair (2004) for EMNLP. She served as a Committee Member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Speech and Language Technology Committee (SLTC) for six years. She is the President and a Board Member of the ACL Special Interest Group on Linguistics Data and Corpus Based Approaches in NLP (SIGDAT). She has been a panelist and reviewer for the US National Science Foundation, the French National Science Foundation, and the Hong Kong Research Grants Council.

Prof. Fung received her PhD in Computer Science from Columbia University in 1997. She worked and studied at AT&T Bell Labs(1993~1997), BBN Systems & Technologies (1992), LIMSI, CNRS, France (1991),Department of Information Science, Kyoto University, Japan (1989~1991), and at Ecole Centrale Paris, France(1988). A fluent speaker of seven European and Asian languages, Prof. Fung has been particularly interested in multilingual speech and natural language issues.