Professor Roger Moore

Professor of Spoken Language Processing
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Prof. Roger Moore



Prof. Roger K. Moore studied Computer and Communications Engineering at the University of Essex and was awarded the B.A. (Hons.) degree in 1973. He subsequently received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the same university in 1975 and 1977 respectively, both theses being on the topic of automatic speech recognition. After a period of post-doctoral research in the Phonetics Department at University College London, Prof. Moore was head-hunted in 1980 to establish a speech recognition research team at the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (RSRE) in Malvern.

In 1985 Prof. Moore became head of the newly created `Speech Research Unit` (SRU) and subsequently rose to the position of Senior Fellow (Deputy Chief Scientific Officer - Individual Merit) in the `Defence and Evaluation Research Agency` (DERA). Following the privatisation of the SRU in 1999, Prof. Moore continued to provide the technical lead as Chief Scientific Officer at 20/20 Speech Ltd. (now Aurix Ltd.) - a joint venture company between DERA (now QinetiQ) and NXT plc. In 2004 Prof. Moore was appointed Professor of Spoken Language Processing in the `Speech and Hearing` Research Group (SPandH) at Sheffield University, where he is pioneering research that is aimed at developing computational models of spoken language processing by both mind and machine.

Other professional activities and achievements

  • Chair of Spoken Language Processing in the ‘Speech and Hearing’ research group, Dept. Computer Science, University of Sheffield.
  • Editor-in-Chief of ‘Computer Speech & Language’.
  • Editorial Board Member for ‘Speech Communication’, ‘Languages’ and the ‘International Journal of Cognitive Informatics and Natural Intelligence’.
  • Associate Editor for the ‘Advances in Cognitive Informatics and Natural Intelligence’ (ACINI) Book Series. 
  • Visiting Professor, Bristol Robotics Laboratory.
  • Visiting Professor, Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London.
  • 2014-15 Distinguished Lecturer International Speech Communication Association
  • Fellow of the International Speech Communication Association since 2008.
  • General Chair for INTERSPEECH, Brighton (6th-10th September 2009).
  • Chief Scientific Officer of ‘20/20 Speech Ltd.’ (now ‘Aurix Ltd.’) from 1999 to 2004.
  • Head of the UK Government’s ‘Speech Research Unit’ (SRU) from 1985 until its privatisation in 1999.
  • President of the ‘International Speech Communication Association’ (ISCA) from 1997 to 2001.
  • President of the ‘Permanent Council of the International Conferences on Spoken Language Processing’ (PC-ICSLP) from 1996 to 2000.
  • Author and co-author of over 150 scientific publications in Speech Technology algorithms, applications and assessment and related areas (h-index = 23).
  • Recipient of the 1999 NATO RTO Scientific Achievement Award for “repeated contribution in scientific and technological cooperation”.
  • Recipient of the 1994 UK Institute of Acoustics Tyndall Medal for “distinguished work in the field of speech research and technology”.
  • Founder Member of the European Speech Communication Association.


Prof. Moore is currently working on a unified theory of spoken language processing in the general area of `Cognitive Informatics` called `PRESENCE` (PREdictive SENsorimotor Control and Emulation). PRESENCE weaves together accounts from a wide variety of different disciplines concerned with the behaviour of living systems - many of them outside the normal realms of spoken language - and compiles them into a new framework that is intended to breathe life into a new generation of research into spoken language processing.

Prof. Moore is involved in collaborations aimed at Clinical Applications of Speech Technology (particularly for  individuals with speaking difficulties) and he is becoming increasingly involved in Creative Applications of Speech Technology through interactions with colleagues from the performing arts.


Selected publications (all publications)

  • A Computational Model of Language Acquisition: the Emergence of Words ten Bosch L, Boves L, Van Hamme H, Moore RK in FUNDAMENTA INFORMATICAE, 01/01/2009, DOI
  • Towards an investigation of speech energetics using `AnTon`: an animatronic model of a human tongue and vocal tract Hofe R, Moore R in CONNECT SCI, 01/01/2008, DOI
  • Reactive speech synthesis: actively managing phonetic contrast along an H&H continuum Moore RK, Nicolao M 01/01/2011,
  • A Bayesian explanation of the `Uncanny Valley` effect and related psychological phenomena. Moore RK in Sci Rep, 01/01/2012, DOI
  • C2H: A Computational Model of H&H-based Phonetic Contrast in Synthetic Speech Nicolao M, Latorre J, Moore RK, Association ISC in 13TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPEECH COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION 2012 (INTERSPEECH 2012), VOLS 1-3, 01/01/2012,
  • Spoken language processing: Time to look outside? Moore RK in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 01/01/2014, DOI
  • On the use of the `pure data` programming language for teaching and public outreach in speech processingMoore RK in Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH, 01/01/2014,
  • Spoken language processing: Where do we go from here? Moore RK in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 01/01/2013, DOI
  • Progress and prospects for speech technology: Results from three sexennial surveys Moore RK in Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH, 01/01/2011,