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Leiter des Fachgebietes / Head of Department

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhold Häb-Umbach

Raum: P 72.05.3
Tel.: +49 (0)5251 / 60 - 3626
Fax: +49 (0)5251 / 60 - 3627

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Sprechstunden mittwochs von 16:00 Uhr bis 17:30 Uhr nach vorheriger Vereinbarung (Tel: 05251/60-3625 oder per Email).

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Current Research Interests


Statistical signal processing and pattern recognition with applications to speech enhancement and speech recognition, but also to digital communications


Employment History

04/2001 - current

Full professor of Communications Engineering at University of Paderborn, Germany

1990 – 2001

Research Staff Member at Philips Research Laboratories, Aachen, Germany


02/2000 –01/ 2001

Sabbatical at Philips Natuurkundig Laboratorium, Eindhoven, The Netherlands


Appointment to Senior Scientist

08/1988 – 11/1989

Postdoctoral Fellow at IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA, USA

1983 – 1988

Research Staff Member at Department of Control Systems, RWTH Aachen University, Germany





Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University
Dissertation: Carrier Phase Synchronization on Fading Channels


Dipl.-Ing. RWTH Aachen University
Thesis: Open-Loop Phase Synchronization in a Digital Receiver

1977 – 1983

Study of Electrical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University


Honors and Awards




Fellow of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA)

Co-author of paper winning the best student paper award at IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop (ASRU), Olomouc, Czech Republic. Paper title: A Hierarchical System for Word Discovery Exploiting DTW-Based Initialization, by O.Walter, T. Korthals, R. Haeb-Umbach, B. Raj


Co-author of paper winning the best student paper award at International Workshop on Acoustic Signal Enhancement (IWAENC), Aachen, Germany. Paper title: Exploiting Temporal Correlations in Joint Multichannel Speech Separation and Noise Suppression Using Hidden Markov Models, by D.H. Tran Vu and R. Haeb-Umbach


Co-author of publication nominated for best student paper Award at Interspeech 2011, Florence, Italy. Paper title: A Versatile Gaussian Splitting Approach to Non-Linear State Estimation and its Application to Noise-Robust ASR, by V. Leutnant, A. Krueger and R. Haeb-Umbach


Weierstraß-Prize of the University of Paderborn for excellence in teaching


Co-author of Paper winning the best student paper award at International Workshop on Acoustic Echo and Noise Control (IWAENC), Tel Aviv. Paper title: An EM Approach to Multichannel Speech Separation and Noise Suppression, by D.H. Tran Vu and R. Haeb-Umbach


Senior Member, IEEE


Innovation Prize of Philips Research for managing a project, which brought the first name-dialing functionality to Philips moble phones


Innovation Prize of Philips Research for contributions to Philips' Large Vocabulary Continuous Speech Recognition System


"Borchers Plague" of RWTH Aachen University for dissertation with honors


"Springorum Plague of RWTH Aachen University for Dipl.-Ing. degree with distinction

1980 - 1983

Fellow of "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes" (German Academic Scholarship Foundation)



Service to the Scientific Community

 -        IEEE Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee Member, 2015 – 2017

-        Regional Publicity Chair, IEEE Workshop on Spoken Language Technology, Dec. 2016, San Juan, Puerto Rico

-        General Chair, ITG Conference on Speech Communication, October 2016, Paderborn, Germany

-        Exhibition Chair of Interspeech 2015, Dresden, Germany

-        Member of ITG (German Engineering Society) Technical Committee 4.3/4.4 on Speech Acoustics and Speech Processing; and member of Technical Committee 7.2 on Algorithms for Signal Processing

-        Associate Editor, Eurasip Journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing

-        Technical Reviewer for journals and conferences, including IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, IEEE Signal Processing Letters, Elsevier Speech Communcation, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, ICASSP, Interspeech, Eusipco, ASRU, SLT

-        Reviewer of grant applications to EU and DFG (German Research Foundation)

-        Guest editor IEEE Selected Topics in Signal Processing, special issue on „Natural Interaction with Intelligent Environments” (published in October 2010)



Administrative Responsibilities


2011 - 2015


Vice Dean of Electrical Engineering within Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics of the University of Paderborn



Professional Highlights


-       Co-author of Robust Speech Recognition - A Bridge to Practical Applications, Elsevier, 2016

-   Published more than 150 papers in peer reviewed journals and conferences

-        One of the two editors of the book Robust Speech Recognition of Uncertain or Missing Data: Theory and Applications, Springer, 2011

-       Ten competitive research grants by DFG (German Research Foundation) in last 10 years

-        Currently supervising 7 Ph.D. students


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