Dr. Sarmad Hussain

Dr. Sarmad Hussain did his doctoral degree in Speech Science from Northwestern University, USA in 1997, with a thesis on Urdu phonetics and phonology. He also worked at Oxford University Phonetics Lab during his doctoral program, working on phonological aspects of stress in Urdu. He had completed his M.Phil. in Computer Speech and Language Processing from Cambridge University, UK, in 1993 where he worked on Urdu text to speech system and a BS in Electrical Engineering (with specialization in Computer Engineering) from University of Texas, Austin, USA, in 1992. Dr. Sarmad Hussain is currently a professor of Computer Science and heads the Center for Language Engineering at Al-Khawarizmi Institute of Computer Science, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. Before UET, he was heading the Computer Science Department at FAST National University, Lahore, where he was also the founding head of Center for Research in Urdu Language Processing. His research is focused on developing computing solutions for Pakistani languages, including research in linguistics, localization, language computing standards, speech processing and computational linguistics. He has been serving on many national and international committees. Some of his current international memberships included Security and Stability Advisor Committee of ICANN, Executive Committee of Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing, and Pakistan representative on the International Committee for the Co-ordination and Standardization of Speech Databases and Assessment Techniques. At national level, he currently serves on IDN ccTLD committee of Ministry of IT, National Standards Committee of National Language Authority and is the Chairperson of Society of Natural Language Processing of Pakistan. He has been awarded by Pakistan Science Academy for his work on Pakistani Languages.

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