Renato De Mori
School of Computer Science, McGill University
I am Emeritus Professor at McGill University and the University of Avignon (Academy of Marseille)
I am LIFE Fellow of the Computer Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and
former Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society.
I have been Professor of Computer Science at the Université d’Avignon, France and Director of LIA CNRS France,
Professor and Director at the School of Computer Science at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Professor and Chairman at Concordia University, Computer Science, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Professor and Chairman at the Institute of Computer Science , University of Turin, Italy, Assistant, then Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, Italy.
Recent research activity and selected publications
Topic identification in human/human dialogues
Killian Janod, Mohamed Morchid, Richard Dufour, Georges Linares, Renato De Mori
Denoised Bottleneck Features from Deep Autoencoders for Telephone Conversation Analysis
IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing, Volume: 25, Issue: 9
Mohamed Morchid, Richard Dufour, Mohamed Bouallegue, Georges Linarès, Driss Matrouf and Renato De Mori
Compact Multi-View Representation of Documents based on the Total Variability Space
IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing, August 2015, 23 (8), 1245-1308
Xavier Bost; Grégory Senay; Marc El-Beze,; Renato De Mori
Multiple topic identification in human/human conversations
Computer Speech and Language, (2015) 18–42
Spoken language understanding
Gokhan Tur and Renato De Mori Eds. "Spoken Language Understanding"
J. Wiley 2011
Stefan Hahn, Marco Dinarelli, Christian Raymond, Fabrice Lefèvre, Patrick Lehnen,
Renato De Mori, Hermann Ney, and Giuseppe Riccardi
"Comparing Stochastic Approaches to Spoken Language Understanding in Multiple Languages"
IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing, 19, 6, pp 1569-1583, Aug. 2011.
R. De Mori, F. Bechet, D. Hakkani-Tur, M. McTear, G. Riccardi, G. Tur
Spoken language understanding: a survey
Signal Processing Magazine, IEEE; Volume 25, Issue 3, May 2008 Page(s):50 – 58
C. Raymond, F. Béchet, N. Camelin, Renato De Mori and Géraldine Damnati,
Sequential decision strategies for machine interpretation of speech,
IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing, 15(1):162-171, January 2007.
C. Raymond, F. Béchet R. de Mori and G. Damnati,
On the use of finite state transducers for semantic interpretation,
Speech Communication, 48(3): 288-304, March 2006.
Cettolo M., Corazza A. and De Mori R.
Language Portability of a Speech Understanding System
Computer Speech and Language, 12(1):1-21, Jan. 1998.
De Mori, R. and Kuhn, R.,
The Application of Semantic Classification Trees to Natural Language Understanding
IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, vol PAMI-17, no. 5, May 1995, pp. 449-460.
C. Pateras, G. Dudek and R. de Mori
Understanding Referring Expressions in a Person-Machine Spoken Dialogue
IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing,, Detroit, MI, pp.197-200, May 1995.
Automatic speech recognition
M. Benzeghiba, R. De Mori, O. Deroo, S. Dupont *, T. Erbes, D. Jouvet, L. Fissore,
P. Laface, A. Mertins, C. Ris, R. Rose, V. Tyagi, C. Wellekens
Automatic speech recognition and speech variability: A review
Speech Communication 49 (2007) 763–786
Best paper award 2009
Roberto Gemello, Franco Mana, Stefano Scanzio, Pietro Laface , Renato De Mori
Linear hidden transformations for adaptation of hybrid ANN/HMM models
Speech Communication 49 (2007) 827–835
R. Gemello, F. Mana and R. De Mori
Automatic speech recognition with a modified ephraim-malah rule
IEEE Signal Processing Letters , 13(1):p. 52-55, January 2006
Roberto Gemello, Franco Mana, Dario Albesano and Renato De Mori
Multiple resolution analysis for robust automatic speech recognition
Computer Speech and Language, 20(1), pp. 2-21, January 2006
Yannick Estève, Christian Raymond, Renato De Mori and David Janiszek,
On the use of linguistic consistency in automatic speech recognition
IEEE Transaction on Speech and Audio Processing, SAP-11(6):746-756, November 2003
R.De Mori, L.Moisa, R.Gemello, F.Mana and D. Albesano
Computation of robust acoustic features for automatic speech recognition
Computer Speech and Language, 2001, 15(4):341-354.
R. De Mori, Spoken dialogues with computers, Academic Press, 1998
N. Camelin, F. Bechet, G Damnati, and R. De Mori
Detection and Interpretation of Opinion Expressions in
Audio, Speech, and Language Processing, IEEE Transactions on
Volume 18, Issue 2, Feb. 2010 Page(s):369 - 381
Gayane Petrosyan, Martin P. Robillard, Renato De Mori
Discovering Information Explaining API Types Using Text Classification
Proc ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering, Florence Italy May 2015
E. Merlo, I. Mc Adam, R. De Mori,
Feed-forward and recurrent neural networks for source code information analysis, 2003
Journal of Software Maintenance, 3:1-2
C.Carpineto, R. De Mori, G. Romano, B. Bigi
An information theoretic approach to automatic query expansion
ACM Transactions on INFORMATION SYSTEMS, 19(1):1-27,2001
These research activities were mostly funded by the following European projects:
SMADA: Telephone directory assistance (France-Télécom, Swiss Télécom, CSELT, KPN, Univ Nijmegen, Politecnico di Torino) 2000 – 2003
DIVINES: Research on variability of speech features variability (France-Télécom, Telecom Italia, Univ Oldenburg, Multitel, Babel, Politecnico di Torino) 2004 – 2007
PASCAL: Machine learning and application Network of Excellence, 2004 – 2008
LUNA: Spoken language understanding for telephone applications (France-Télécom, Loquendo, Univ. of Aachen, Univ. of Trento, CSI Piemonte, Polish Academy of Sciences, IIJPT) 2006-2009
m2cr : neural machine translation MILA lab Montreal Canada, Univ of Le Mans France, LAMP Spain, 2015-2017
the Centre de National d’Etudes en Telecommunications (now Orange Lab) of France telecom and
the French Agence nationale de la Recherche (ANR)
Selected publications and research history
My research activity started with my doctoral thesis at the Politecnico di Torino on the design and construction of a system for Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) based on perceptions used for recognizing phonemes. The work is described in:
De Mori, R., Gilli, L. and Meo, A.R.
A Flexible Real-time Recognizer of Spoken Words for Man-machine Communication
International Journal on Man-machine Studies, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 317-326, October 1970.
With the purpose of having faster computers for real-time signal processing, I worked on Computer architectures, particularly on fast, parallel arithmetic units.
Selected publications in this field are:
De Mori, R.
Suggestion for an I.C. Fast Parallel Multiplier
Electronics Letters, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 50-51, February 1969.
De Mori, R., Rivoira, S. and Serra, A.
A Special Purpose Computer for Digital Signal Processing
IEEE Transactions on Computers, Vol. C-24, No. 12, pp. 1202-1211, December 1975
De Mori, R. and Cardin, R.
A Recursive Algorithm for Binary Multiplication and its Implementation
ACM Transactions on Computer Systems, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 294-314, 1985.
ASR research evolved with the use of syntactic and artificial intelligence techniques of which selected publications are in
SYNTACTIC PATTERN RECOGNITION-APPLICATIONS Edited by K.S. Fu, Springer-Verlag Publishing Co., 1977.
De Mori, R.
A Descriptive Technique for Automatic Speech Recognition
IEEE Transactions on Audio and Electroacoustics, Vol. Au-21, No. 2, pp. 89-100, April 1973.
De Mori, R., Lam, L. and Gilloux, M.
Learning and Plan Refinement in a Knowledge-based System for Automatic Speech Recognition
IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Vol. PAMI-9, No. 2, pp. 289-305, 1987
ASR research evolved with application of statistical methods described in selected publications describing attempts to go beyond n-gram language models, maximum likelihood estimation and left-to-right parsing with stochastic context-free grammars:
Kuhn, R. and De Mori, R.
A Cache-based Natural Language Model for Speech Recognition
IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Vol. PAMI-12, No. 6, pp. 570-583, June 1990
Corazza, A., De Mori, R., Gretter, R. and Satta, G.
Computation of Probabilities for an Island-driven Parser
IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, September 1991, Vol. PAMI-13, No. 9, pp. 936-950
Normandin, Y., Cardin, R. and De Mori, R.,
High-performance Connected Digit Recognition Using Maximum Mutual Information Estimation
IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing, Vol. 2, no. 2, April 1994, pp. 299 - 311.
Corazza, A., De Mori, R., Gretter, R. and Satta, G.
Optimal Probabilistic Evaluation Functions for Search Controlled by Stochastic Context-free Grammars
IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, vol. 16, no. 10, October 1994, pp. 1018-1027
and neural models attempting to join optimizing hidden Markov models and acoustic features extracted with multilayer neural networks described in
Bengio, Y. and De Mori, R.
Use of Multi-layer Networks for Acoustic Property Extraction and Automatic Speech Recognition
Computational Intelligence, No. 5, pp. 134-147, August 1989.
Cosi, P., Bengio, Y. and De Mori, R.
On the Generalization Capability of Multi-layered Networks Used for Automatic Speech Recognition
International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, pp. 1531-1536, Detroit, MI, August 1989.
Cosi, P., Bengio, Y. and De Mori, R.
Phonetically-based Multi-layered Neural Networks for Vowel Classification
Speech Communication special issue on Neurospeech, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 15-30, February 1990.
Bengio, Y., De Mori, R., Flammia, G. and Kompe, R.
Global Optimization of a Neural Network - Hidden Markov Model Hybrid
IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, Vol. 3, No. 2, March 1992, pp. 252-259.
Bengio, Y., Cardin, R. and De Mori, R.
Speaker-independent Speech Recognition with Neural Networks and Speech Knowledge
Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 2, Edited by D.S. Touretzky, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 1990.
De Mori, R., Bengio, Y. and Cardin, R.
Data-driven Execution of Multi-layered Networks for Automatic Speech Recognition
7th Conference of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence proceedings, St. Paul, MN, August 1988, pp. 734-738.
De Mori, R. and Flammia, G.,
Speaker-independent Consonant Classification in Continuous Speech with Distinctive Features and Neural Networks
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Vol. 94, no. 6, December 1993, pp. 3091-3103.
Other selected publications:
Automatic Speech Recognition
De Mori, R., Laface, P. and Mong, Y.
Parallel Algorithms for Syllable Recognition in Continuous Speech
IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Vol. PAMI-7, No. 1, pp. 56-69, 1985.
Demichelis, P., De Mori, R., Laface, P. and O'Kane, M.
Computer Recognition of Plosive Sounds Using Contextual Information
IEEE Transactions on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, Vol. ASSP-31, No. 2, pp. 359-377, 1983.
De Mori, R. and Laface, P.
Use of Fuzzy Algorithms for Phonetic and Phonemic Labelling of Continuous Speech
IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Vol. PAMI-2, No. 2, pp. 136-148, March 1980.
De Mori, R., Gubrinowicz, R. and Laface, P.
Inference of a Knowledge Source for the Recognitiion of Nasals in Continuous Speech
IEEE Transactions on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, Vol. ASSP-27, No. 5, pp. 538-549, October 1979.
De Mori, R., Laface, P. and Piccolo, E.
Automatic Detection and Description of Syllabic Features in Continuous Speech
IEEE Transactions on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, Vol. ASSP-24, No. 5, pp. 365-379, October 1976.
Buss, E., De Mori, R., Gentleman, W. M., Henshaw, J., Johnson, H., Kontogiannis, K.
Merlo, E., Muller, H. A., Mylopoulos, J., Paul, S., Prakash, A., Stanley, M.,
Tilley, S.R., Troster, J. and Wong, K.
Investigating Reverse Engineering Technologies for the CAS Program Understanding Project
IBM System Journal, Vol. 33, no. 3, 1994, pp. 477-500.
Merlo, E., Girard, J.F., Hendren, L.J. and De Mori, R.,
Multi-valued constant propagation analysis for user interface engineering,
International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering, v. 5, no. 1, March 1995, pp. 5-23.
Merlo E., Gagne' P.Y., Girard J. F., Kontogiannis K., Hendren L., Panangaden P. and De Mori R.,
Reengineering User Interfaces
IEEE Software, Jan. 1995, pp.64-73.
Kontogiannis K., De Mori R., Merlo E., Galler M. and Bernstein M.,
Pattern matching for Clone and Concept Detection
Automated Software Engineering, vol. 3, no. 1-2, pages 77-108, June 1996.
Belforte, G., De Mori, R. and Ferraris, F.
A Contribution to the Automatic Processing of Electrocardiograms Using Syntactic Methods
IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Vol. BME-26, No. 3, pp. 125-136, March 1979
De Mori, R., and Prager, R.
Perturbation Analysis with Qualitative Models
International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, pp. 1180-1186, Detroit, MI, August 1989.
The research in the period 1983-1996 was mostly funded by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada,
The Institute of Robotics and Intelligent systems (IRIS), a Canadian Center of Excellence.
Chief Editor, SPEECH COMMUNICATION (2003 - 2006t), Elsevier,
Associate Editor, SIGNAL PROCESSING (1979 – 1995) Elsevier,
Associate Editor, SPEECH COMMUNICATION (1981 –present), Elsevier,
Associate Editor, PATTERN RECOGNITION LETTERS (1982 – 2004) Elsevier
Associate Editor, COMPUTER SPEECH AND LANGUAGE (1986 – present) Academic Press
Associate Editor then Advisory Board member IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON PATTERN ANALYSIS
AND MACHINE INTELLIGENCE (1988 – 1994)
Associate Editor IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON AUDIO, SPEECH and LANGUAGE PROCESSING
Associate Editor, COMPUTATIONAL INTELLIGENCE (1991 – 2004)
Committes and services
General co-chairman INTERSPEECH CONFERENCE Florence (Italy) 2011
Member, (1983 – 1987 and 2003-2006) IEEE Speech technical commitee
Member (2003 – 2006) IM2 – Scientific Council, Swiss Network of excellence
Member (2003 – 2014), Scientific Council, Interdoctoral polytechnic Schools
Republic of Italy
Member (2002 2006) Canadian Chairs Review panel
Member (1999 – 2000) Interdisciplinary Committee Canadian Foundation for Innovation
Member: Scientific Council, Réseau Francophone de l'Ingénierie de la Langue,
Conseiller Scientifique : , Centre National d'Etudes des Télécommunications
Lannion, France Telecom
Vice-President, Research (1987 – 1994) Centre de recherche informatique de Montréal
Member (1990-1995), Executive Advisory Board, IBM Canada Toronto Research Lab.
Member (1991 – 1993) Advisory Panel on Software Engineering Industry, Science and Technology Canada
Member (1991 – 1996) Advisory Board, Information Systems National Research Council of Canada
Member then Chairman (1987 – 1990) Artificial Intelligence Associate Committee National Research Council of Canada
Member then Chairman (1989 -1994) Scientific Advisory Board Information Technology
Research Center, Ontario
Member then Chairman (1983 – 1986) Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Computing and Information Sciences Grant Section Committee
Member ‘1987 - 1990 1996-1999) Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Strategic Grant Committee Communication and Computers Panel
Vice-President (1986 – 1990), Canadian Society for the Computational Studies of Intelligence
Evaluator of research projects in Europe, America, Asia and Australia