Tanja Schultz received her doctoral and diploma degree in Informatics from University of Karlsruhe, Germany in 2000 and 1995 respectively and successfully passed the German state examination for teachers of Mathematics, Sports, and Educational Science at Heidelberg University, in 1990.
In 2000 she joined Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she holds a position as Research Professor at the Language Technologies Institute. From 2007 to 2015 she was a Full Professor at the Department of Informatics of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany before she accepted an offer from the University of Bremen in April 2015.
Since 2007, Tanja Schultz directs the Cognitive Systems Lab, where her research activities focus on human-machine communication with a particular emphasis on multilingual speech processing and human-machine interfaces. Together with her team, she investigates the processing, recognition and interpretation of biosignals, i.e. human signals resulting from physical and mental activities, to enable human interaction with machines in a natural way.
Tanja Schultz received several awards for her work, such as the FZI award for an outstanding Ph.D. thesis (2001), the Allen Newell Medal for Research Excellence from Carnegie Mellon (2002), the ISCA best journal award for her publication on language independent acoustic modeling (2002) and on Silent Speech Interfaces (2015), the Plux Wireless award (2011) for the development of Airwriting, the Alcatel-Lucent Research Award for Technical Communication (2012), the Google Research Award and the Otto-Haxel Award (2013), as well as several best paper awards. She is the author of more than 350 articles published in books, journals, and proceedings, and is regularly invited as panelist and keynote speaker. Tanja Schultz serves as a member for numerous conference committees, as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions (2002-2004), as an Associate Editor for ACM TALLIP (since 2013), as editorial board member of Speech Communication (since 2001), and served as board member and elected president of the International Speech Communication Association ISCA for ten years.
Summary CV (4 pages, 09/2016) [PDF] (237 KB)
Full CV (German, 05/2017) [PDF] (676 KB)
Christian Herff (Dr.-Ing., University of Bremen 12/2016),
Speech Processes for Brain-Computer Interfaces. Referentin: Tanja Schultz, Koreferent: Dean J Krusienski (Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA)
→ PostDoc at CSL
Matthias Janke (Dr.-Ing., KIT 04/2016),
EMG-to-Speech: Direct Generation of Speech from Facial Electromyographic Signals. Referentin: Tanja Schultz, Koreferent: Alan W Black (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA)
→ Schaeffler, Herzogenaurach, Germany
Dominic Telaar (Dr.-Ing., KIT 12/2015),
Error Correction based on Error Signatures applied to automatic speech recognition. Referentin: Tanja Schultz, Koreferent: Walter F. Tichy (KIT, Karlsruhe, Deutschland)
→ Apple Inc., Cupertino CA, USA
Dominic Heger (Dr.-Ing., KIT 07/2015),
Advancing Pattern Recognition Techniques for Brain-Computer Interfaces: Optimizing Discriminability, Compactness, and Robustness, Referentin: Tanja Schultz, Koreferent: Rainer Stiefelhagen (KIT, Karlsruhe Deutschland)
→ Zalando SE, Berlin, Germany
Christoph Amma (Dr.-Ing., KIT 07/2015),
Modellierung und Erkennung dreidimensionaler Handschrift mittels Inertialsensorik, Referentin: Tanja Schultz, Koreferent: Tamim Asfour (KIT, Karlsruhe, Deutschland)
→ Founder Company Kinemic GmbH
Dirk Gehrig (Dr.-Ing., KIT 06/2015),
Automatic Recognition of Concurrent and Coupled Human Motion Sequences, Referentin: Tanja Schultz, Koreferent: Rüdiger Dillmann (KIT, Karlsruhe, Deutschland)
→ Human Motion Recognition Matrix Vision GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany
Tim Schlippe (Dr.-Ing., KIT 12/2014),
Rapid Generation of Pronunciation Dictionaries for New Domains and Languages, Referentin: Tanja Schultz, Marelie Davel (North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa)
→ Across Systems GmbH, Karlsbad, Germany
Felix Putze (Dr.-Ing., KIT 10/2014),
Adaptive Cognitive Interaction Systems, Referentin: Tanja Schultz, Koreferent: Joachim Funke (Universität Heidelberg, Deutschland)
→ Senior Researcher "Kognitive Interaktionsstrategien" at CSL
Thang Ngoc Vu (Dr.-Ing., KIT 01/2014),
Automatic Speech Recognition for Low-resource Languages and Accents Using Multilingual and Crosslingual Information, Referentin: Tanja Schultz, Koreferent: Etienne Barnard (North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa)
→ Juniorprofessor at University of Stuttgart, Germany
Michael Wand (Dr.-Ing., KIT 01/2014),
Advancing Electromyographic Continuous Speech Recognition: Signal Preprocessing and Modeling, Referentin: Tanja Schultz, Koreferent: Philip Green (U Sheffield, UK)
→ PostDoc am Swiss AI Lab IDSIA, Lugano, Switzerland
Udhay Nallasamy (PhD, CMU 10/2013),
Adaptation techniques to improve ASR performance on accented speakers, Referentin: Tanja Schultz, Committee: Alan W Black (CMU), Florian Metze (CMU), George Saon (IBM Watson Research Center, USA)
→ Apple Inc., Cupertino CA, USA
Roger Hsiao (PhD, CMU 01/2012),
Generalized Discriminative Training for Speech Recognition, Referentin: Tanja Schultz, Committee: Florian Metze (CMU), Alan W Black (CMU), Monika Woszczyna (M*Modal, Pittsburgh, PA USA)
→ Raytheon BBN Technologies, Boston, MA, USA
Wilson (Yik-Cheung) Tam (PhD, CMU 07/2009),
Rapid Unsupervised Topic Adaptation - a Latent Semantic Approach, Referentin: Tanja Schultz, Committee: Alex Waibel (CMU), Stephan Vogel (CMU), Sanjeev P. Khudanpur (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore USA)
→ SRI International, Menlo Park, CA, USA
Stan (Szu-Chen) Jou (PhD, CMU 08/2008),
Automatic Speech Recognition on Vibrocervigraphic and Electromyographic Signals, Referentin: Tanja Schultz, Committee: Alex Waibel (CMU), Alan W Black (CMU), Charles Jorgensen (NASA Ames Center, CA USA)
→ Synopsys, Taipei, Taiwan
Qin Jin (PhD, CMU 11/2006,
Robust Speaker Recognition, Referentin: Tanja Schultz, Alex Waibel (CMU), Committee: Alan W Black (CMU), Douglas A. Reynolds (Lincoln Labs, MIT)
→ Associate Professor at Remin University of China, Beijing City, China
List of Publications of Tanja Schultz
Google Scholar Page of Tanja Schultz
Most cited publications:
T Schultz, A Waibel (2001): Language-independent and language-adaptive acoustic modeling for speech recognition. Speech Communication 35 (1), 31-51, 2001 (Best Journal Paper Award).
B Denby, T Schultz, K Honda, T Hueber, JM Gilbert, JS Brumberg (2010): Silent Speech Interfaces. Speech Communication 52 (4), 270-287, 2010 (Best Journal Paper Award).
T Schultz, K Kirchhoff (Eds). Multilingual Speech Processing, Academic Press, Elsevier 2006.
A Waibel, M Bett, F Metze, K Ries, T Schaaf, T Schultz, H Soltau, H Yu, Klaus Zechner (2001): Advances in automatic meeting record creation and access. In Proc. ICASSP 2001, vol 1, 597-600, 2001.
T Schultz (2002): GlobalPhone: A multilingual speech and text database developed at Karlsruhe University. In Proc. Interspeech 2002.
T Schultz, M Wand (2010): Modeling coarticulation in EMG-based continuous speech recognition. Speech Communication 52 (4), 341-353, 2010.
C Herff, D Heger, A De Pesters, D Telaar, P Brunner, G Schalk, T Schultz (2015): Brain-to-text: Decoding spoken phrases from phone representations in the brain,Frontiers in neuroscience 9, 217.
M Georgi, C Amma, T Schultz (2014):Recognizing Hand and Finger Gestures with IMU based Motion and EMG based Muscle Activity Sensing. BIOSIGNALS, 99-108.
F Putze, S Hesslinger, CY Tse, YY Huang, C Herff, C Guan, T Schultz (2014): Hybrid fNIRS-EEG based classification of auditory and visual perception processes. In Frontiers in neuroscience, volume 8, 2014.
F Putze, T Schultz (2014): Adaptive cognitive technical systems. Journal of neuroscience methods 234, 108-115.
NT Vu, D Imseng, D Povey, P Motlicek, T Schultz, H Bourlard (2014): Multilingual deep neural network based acoustic modeling for rapid language adaptation. In Proc ICASSP
L Besacier, E Barnard, A Karpov, T Schultz (2014): Automatic speech recognition for under-resourced languages: A survey. Speech Communication 56, 85-100
T Schultz, F Putze, A Kruse (2014): Technische Unterstuetzung fuer Menschen mit Demenz. KIT Scientific Publishing