Short biography of Prof. Nobuaki MINEMATSU

Nobuaki MINEMATSU was born in Hyogo, Japan in 1966. He earned the bachelor of Engineering in 1990, the master of Engineering in 1992, and the doctor of Engineering in 1995, all from The University of Tokyo (UTokyo) and after that, he became a research associate at Toyohashi University of Technology (TUT), Japan. In 2000, he became an associate professor at Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, and since 2012, he has been a full professor there. From 2002 to 2003, he was a visiting researcher at Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (KTH). He has a very wide interest in speech communication covering the areas of speech science and speech engineering, especially he has an expert and practical knowledge on Computer-Aided Language Learning (CALL). He has published more than 450 journal and conference papers. He received paper awards from RISP, JSAI, ICIST, O-COCOSDA, IEICE in 2005, 2007, 2011, 2014, and 2016 and received an encouragement award from PSJ in 2014. He gave tutorial talks on CALL at APSIPA2011, INTERSPEECH2012, and CASTEL/J2017. He was a distinguished lecturer of APSIPA from 2015 to 2016. Recently, he has developed a web-based system that can remarkably facilitate learning and teaching of Japanese prosody. He already gave more than 100 tutorial workshops of his system in more than 30 countries for world-wide learners and teachers of Japanese. A large number of participants in Japanese speech contests use his system to correct prosodic control in their spoken Japanese. He is a member of IEEE, ISCA, SLaTE, IPA, APSIPA, IEICE, IPSJ, ASJ, PSJ, JSAI, LET, etc. He has made remarkable contributions to technical and scientific societies. For example, he served as editorial chair of IEICE from 2014 to 2016 and chair of SIG-SLP of IPSJ from 2016 to 2017, and has been serving as member of the PSJ council from 2016. He also served as secretary of Speech Prosody 2004, secretary of INTERSPEECH2010, co-organizer of SLaTE2010 (L2 workshop 2010), and program chair of O-COCOSDA2018.