Victor Zue, Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, CSAIL, and the Delta Electronics Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT has been elected Academician of Academia Sinica in the division of mathematics and physical science at its biennial Convocation on July 1-4, 2008.
The Academia Sinica is the national academy of the Republic of China (Taiwan). It supports research activities in a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from mathematical and physical sciences, to life sciences, and to humanities and social sciences. The Convocation of the Academia Sinica consists of more than 200 academicians, including 6 Nobel laureates. Academician membership is an honorary lifetime privilege. The eligibility of the academicians is not restricted to the residents of Taiwan or ROC citizens, although the academicians all have Chinese heritage. More than half of the academicians are oversea scholars and scientists.
In the early part of his career, Victor Zue conducted research in acoustic phonetics and phonology, codifying the acoustic manifestation of speech sounds and the phonological rules governing the realization of pronunciation in American English. Subsequently, his research interest shifted to the development of spoken language interfaces to make human-computer interactions easier and more natural. Between 1989 and 2001, he headed the CSAIL Spoken Language Systems Group which has pioneered the development of many systems that enable a user to interact with computers using spoken language.