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Kong Aik is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. Before joining PolyU, he was a Senior Scientist and a Group Leader at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore, during which he held a concurrent appointment as an Associate Professor at the Singapore Institute of Technology.  He was a Senior Principal Researcher at the Data Science Research Laboratories, NEC Corporation, Japan, from 2018 to 2020. He received his Ph.D. degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 2006. After this, he joined the Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore, as a Research Scientist and then a Strategic Planning Manager. He was the recipient of the Singapore IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2013 for his contribution to voice biometrics technology, and the Outstanding Service Award by IEEE ICME 2020. Currently, he serves as an Editorial Board Member for Elsevier Computer Speech and Language (2016 - present) and was an Associate Editor for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing (2017 – 2021). He was the General Chair of the Speaker Odyssey 2020 Workshop. His research focuses on the automatic and para-linguistic analysis of speaker characteristics, ranging from speaker recognition, language and accent recognition, diarization, voice biometrics, spoofing, and countermeasures.

Research interests

  • Speaker recognition
  • Voice spoofing and anti-spoofing countermeasures
  • Paralinguistic information processing
  • Speech and language processing
  • Machine learning
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Digital signal processing

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Nanyang Technological University

Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, University Technology Malaysia


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