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Antetomaso '12 wins Grace Hopper 2011 Award

Posted on November 18, 2011

Congratulations to Stephanie Antetomaso '12 on winning a Grace Hopper 2011 Award! Stephanie's poster ("Unsupervised Phoneme Segmentation in Continuous Speech") won First Place in the undergraduate category from the National Conference for Women in Computing.

Here's Stephanie's abstract:

Children rapidly learn the inventory of phonemes used in their native tongues. Computational approaches to learning phoneme boundaries from speech data do not yet reach the same level of human performance. We present an unsupervised algorithm, inspired by approaches to text segmentation, that discretizes continuous speech into a sequence of phonemes. We present empirical results of our method on the TIMIT data set.

Stephanie is a student researcher for Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Wheaton College, Tom Armstrong, who told us that:

Stephanie previously presented this work at the 16th annual Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Northeastern Conference (CCSCNE) where she placed 2nd in a student poster contest.  She also presented our paper at the IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics in Germany. In Computer Science, conferences are for archival, peer-reviewed work where attendance and participation is mandatory for paper publishing.

Congratulations, Stephanie!

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