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Expert in Speech and Language, Audio Forensics, Recordings, Intelligibility Enhancement, Voice Morphing

Expert ID: 727530 New Mexico, USA

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Expert is a scientist who analyzes speech and language, especially with regard to their forensic implications. He has been employed by Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Aerospace Corporation and the University of California Phonetics Laboratory. He has served as an expert witness in the United States, Canada and Australia. He has completed projects for the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency and the United States Secret Service. He has held security clearances at Secret, Top Secret and Q levels. He will consider challenging assignments.

Expert's expertise includes analysis of recordings, enhancing the intelligibility of recordings, determining whether recordings have been altered, speaker identification, memory for voices, voice lineups, using voice to determine speaker veracity and voice morphing. He has done a special study of the communications of Flight 1549 that landed in the Hudson River.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Albuquerque, New Mexico - Rio Rancho, New Mexico

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1980 Degree: PhD Subject: Linguistics, with Specialization in Acoustic Phonetics Institution: University of California Los Angeles

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Acoustical Society of America: Expert led the Los Alamos National Laboratory research team that developed the “Animated Display of Inferred Tongue, Lip and Jaw Movement,” which was selected as an R&D-100 winner, which is accorded to the 100 most significant technical developments in a year, and was also selected as a National Merit Award winner by the Johns Hopkins National Search for Computing to Aid Persons with Disabilities. This technology uses acoustic analysis to infer a person’s articulatory positions when she or he talks into a microphone attached to a specially equipped personal computer. It has applications in speech therapy, in teaching the deaf to speak, and in improving the accuracy of computerized speech recognition.
Professional Appointments
REVIEWER: National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Strategic Defense Initiative Organization, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
Awards / Recognition
Ford Foundation Fellowship (Graduate);
National Defense Education Fellowship (Graduate);
Johns Hopkins University Award for Computing to Aid Persons with Disabilities ;
R&D-100 Award for Technological Innovation;
National Merit Scholarship (Undergraduate).

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Notable cases include:
Rodney King v. City of Los Angeles (for Mr. King);
"Elvis" recording (appearance on Good Morning America);
Alaska v. Exxon [Valdez] (for Exxon);
California v. O. J. Simpson (for Associated Press);
Daniel v. Kelly Oil (for Kelly Oil);
Homicide of Jon Benet Ramsey (for City of Boulder, CO);
Paula Abdul recording (for Ms. Abdul);
Queen v. Kashani-Malaki (Australia, for Kashani);
California v. Wm. and Emily Harris (Patty Hearst kidnapping);
48 Hours Mystery: The Mortgage and the Murder (CBS News).
Training / Seminars
As an author and senior instructor for the technical course Voice Input/Output for Computers (for the Learning Tree company) Expert has taught scientists, and engineers for companies and governmental agencies in the United States and abroad including IBM, Bell Laboratories, The United States Department of State, The United States National Bureau of Standards, Phillips, Siemens and others.
Marketing Experience
Expert led the Los Alamos National Laboratory research team that developed the “Animated Display of Inferred Tongue, Lip and Jaw Movement,” which was selected as an R&D-100 winner, which is accorded to the 100 most significant technical developments in a year, and was also selected as a National Merit Award winner by the Johns Hopkins National Search for Computing to Aid Persons with Disabilities. This technology uses acoustic analysis to infer a person’s articulatory positions when she or he talks into a microphone attached to a specially equipped personal computer. It has applications in speech therapy, in teaching the deaf to speak, and in improving the accuracy of computerized speech recognition.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Spanish Expert has analyzed recorded materials in Spoanish.

Fields of Expertise

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