Cambridge University Engineering Department and Engineers' Association


Designer, deployer, D-damper

The art of design


Touch and go

Stirling work

Move on up...

The diamond fields of Cambridge

Can you hear me?




summer '96


In brief...

Congratulations to the speech recognition group which has for the third year running won an international competition for the best computer speech recognition system in the world. The group again beat off competition from much larger groups elsewhere in the world in the competition run by the US Advanced Research Project Agency in November 1995.

The team leader, Phil Woodland, said: ‘In previous years, the speech we were tested on was recorded on a high-quality microphone, with low background noise. This time, each team was presented with noisy speech from unknown desk-mounted microphones, as well as some noise-free speech’.

The winning software toolkit, HTK, was originally developed in the department without external funding (see enginuity, issue no 1), but is being further developed with funds from the EPSRC. A commercial version is being developed by Entropic Cambridge Research Laboratory, a company part-owned by the University.

Another research development during the year was the setting up of a Research Professorship in Petroleum Engineering, funded by a generous donation from Mr Hamid Jafar of Crescent Petroleum. Prof Andrew Palmer is to take up the post in 1996. This new area of research complements the strong existing research activity in geotechnical engineering, as well as work in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

This year’s CUEA conference, to be held on Friday 20 September, is on the theme of Structures for the Millennium. It will be chaired by Sir Jack Zunz, with speakers from industry and the University, and promises to be fascinating and very visual. Further information can be obtained from Dr M.D. Macleod, the department’s new Director of Research (mdm@eng.cam.ac.uk).