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Alberto Abad obtained the Telecommunication Engineering degree on 2002 from Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). Between 2002 and 2006 he has been a PhD student at the TALP Research Centre of the Department of Signal Theory and Communications of the Technical University of Catalonia, where he was supported by a Catalan Government grant. His Thesis was related with multi-microphone approaches to speech processing in smart-room environments.

At UPC he participated in several European and National Spanish projects. He was also lecturer of a laboratory course about signal processing applications in the Telecommunication Engineering School of Barcelona during the academic years 2004-2005 and 2005-2006, and collaborating lecturer in the doctorate course of the Department of Signal Theory and Communications "Speech and Language Technology and Applications".

He is currently a researcher in the Spoken Language Systems Lab (L2F) of INESC-ID. He has participated in the TECNOVOZ project developing robust automatic speech recognition for telephone based applications and he is currently involved in the on-going Vidivideo and PostPor projects. His current research interests include robust speech recognition, speaker and language identification, computational acoustic scene analysis and multimodal audio-visual applications.

Isabel Trancoso received the Licenciado, Mestre, Doutor and Agregado degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal, in 1979, 1984, 1987 and 2002, respectively. She has been a lecturer at this University since 1979, having coordinated the EEC course for 6 years. She is currently a Full Professor, teaching speech processing courses.

She is also a senior researcher at INESC ID Lisbon, having launched the speech processing group, now restructured as L2F, in 1990. Her first research topic was medium-to-low bit rate speech coding. From October 1984 through June 1985, she worked on this topic at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey. Her current scope is much broader, encompassing many areas in speech recognition and synthesis, with a special emphasis on tools and resources for the Portuguese language. She was a member of the ISCA (International Speech Communication Association) Board (1993-1998), the IEEE Speech Technical Committee (since 1999) and the Permanent Council for the Organization of the International Conferences on Spoken Language Processing (since 1998).

She was elected Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing (2003-2005), Member-at-Large of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Board of Governors (2006-2008), Vice-President of ISCA (2005-2007) and President of ISCA (since 2007). She chaired the Organizing Committee of the INTERSPEECH'2005 Conference that took place in September 2005, in Lisbon. She received the 2010 IEEE Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award, and was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2011.