Nelson Morgan

Nelson Morgan, Deputy Director of ICSI

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Nelson Morgan is a speech researcher and the former director of ICSI as well as a professor in residence emeritus at UC Berkeley. He led the speech research effort at ICSI from 1988 through 2012 and has been working in speech processing since 1980. With Hervé Bourlard, he was an originator of the "hybrid system" approach to speech recognition (neural networks used probabilistically with HMMs), and with Hynek Hermansky was the co-inventor of signal processing techniques that were used in millions of cell phones.

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Work Experience

  • Director, ICSI, 1999-2011, 2013-2014
  • Professor in Residence, Electrical Engineering, UC Berkeley, 2000-2014
  • Speech Group Leader, ICSI, 1988-2012
  • Chief Engineer, EEG Systems Lab, 1984-1988
  • Speech Researcher, National Semiconductor, 1980-1984


  • PhD, UC Berkeley, 1980
  • MS, UC Berkeley, 1979
  • BS, UC Berkeley, 1977

Awards, Honors, and Significant Achievements

  • More than 200 publications, including three books
  • Graduated 18 PhDs, 3 MSs, and numerous postdoctoral fellows
  • Holds patents in audio, speech, and biomedical signal processing methods
  • Co-originator of the hybrid HMM/ANN approach to speech recognition
  • Co-inventor of RASTA signal processing
  • Former co-Editor-in-Chief, Speech Communication
  • Member, Board of Trustees for the Toyota Technological Institute in Chicago
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board for IDIAP
  • IEEE Best Paper Award, Signal Processing Magazine, 1997
  • Fellow, IEEE
  • Fellow, International Speech Communication Association
  • Former member, International Advisory Board for the National Institute of Informatics (Japan)
  • Former member, International Speech Communication Association Advisory Council