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Invited by Dr. Lei Xie, Professor Jianwu Dang from Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) visited ASLP on Oct. 27, 2009. Professor Dang is a distinguished researcher in speech science. His research interests are in all of the fields of speech science, especially in speech production. During his short visit, he delivered a speech on Evolution of Human Organs and Speech.  
MPhil student, Zheng Lilei, wins Best Paper Award in HHME2009 held in Xi'an on Oct. 28-30. His recieved this award due to his paper titled with Antomatic Caption Generator for Mandarin Broadcast News.  
Invited by Dr. Lei Xie, Dr. Junfeng Li from Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), Dr. Nengheng Zheng from Shenzhen University and Dr. Xiao Wu from City University of Hong Kong visited ASLP on Nov. 02, 2009. Dr. Li gave a talk on his latest research achievements in speech enhancement. Dr. Zheng delivered a speech on speaker recognition. Dr. Wu talked about his research on Near-Duplicate Detection and Its Applications.  
Invited by Dr. Lei Xie, Professor Yo-iti Suzuki and Dr. Ito Akinori from Tohoku University visited ASLP on Aug. 18, 2009. Suzuki Yo-iti is a Professor in Acoustic Information Systems Laboratory in Human Information Systems Division, Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. His research interests include information processing in human auditory system, development of precise 3D virtual auditory displays, digital signal processing of sound signals, etc. Dr. Ito Akinori is an Associate Professor in Tohoku University. His research interests include speech recognition, multimedia retrieval and computer assisted language learning (CALL), etc. Professor Suzuki gave a talk on Development of 3D Virtual Auditory Display with Understanding of Spatial Hearing as Multi-modal Perception. Dr. Akinori delivered a speech on Retrieving Documents Relevant to a Spoken Document.  
Invited by Dr. Lei Xie, Professor Zhi-Qiang Liu from CityU of HK paid a short visit to ASLP from June 22 to June 25, 2009. Professor Liu has worked in both academic and industry for over 30 years.
He has taught in three Universities in Canada, the University of Melbourne, Australia, and City University of Hong Kong, SAR, China. He is currently a full professor in the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. He gave a speech on Media, Media Technology and Man during his visit.


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