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Si Chen received her PhD in linguistics and her MS in statistics from the University of Florida in 2014. Si Chen has published 23 papers and book chapters and received 26 grants including grants supported by RGC, Education Bureau and the Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Sin Wai Kin Foundation. Si Chen is the Academic editor of the Journal PLOS ONE and a reviewer editor for Frontiers in Psychology. She has also been an executive committee member of the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong and the Chinese Language Interface Advisory Committee.


Her specialization lies in phonetics, phonology and statistical modeling. Thanks to extensive training in linguistics and statistics, she is able to utilize an inter-disciplinary approach in her research to address issues in language evolvement, language typology, the relationship between speech perception and production, and applications of acoustic techniques in second language acquisition and treatment of speech disorder. She has developed statistical models to solve challenging problems in phonology and simulate the human perception process. Recently she started to collaborate with doctors, engineers, musicians and speech therapists to design robot-assisted speech and musical training programs for autistic children.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, The University of Florida

Master of Statistics, The University of Florida

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Florida


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