Alexander Waibel

How is Artificial Intelligence Changing Science?

Research in the Era of Learning Algorithms

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Prof. Dr. Alexander Waibel


Computer Science
Main Research Area: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Automatic Speech Recognition & Translation, Multimodal and Perceptual User Interfaces, Neural Networks

School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University

5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Tel: +1 412 260 0307

Institute of Anthropomatics
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Adenauerring 2
76131 Karlsruhe

Tel: +49 172 724 6380


  • 1986: PhD, Carnegie Mellon University (Computer Science), Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • 1980: M.S., Carnegie Mellon University (Computer Science), Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • 1979: B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), Cambridge, Mass. USA

Research Experience

  • Since 2020: Principal investigator of the research project „How is Artificial Intelligence Changing Science?“
  • Since 2004: Director of the International Center for Advanced Communication Technologies (InterACT)
  • Since 1990: University Professor, Computer Science, University of Karlsruhe, and School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2013–2014: Director of Engineering, Founding Director of the Language Technology Group at Facebook, Menlo Park, CA
  • 1988–1990: Research Computer Scientist, Computer Science Department, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 1987–1988: Invited Research Scientist, ATR Interpreting Telephony Research Laboratories, Osaka, Japan.
  • 1986–1987: Research Associate, Computer Science Department, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 1980-1985: Member of research staff, Computer Science Department, Carnegie Mellon University

Relevant Publications

  • Waibel, A. (2015). Sprachbarrieren durchbrechen: Traum oder Wirklichkeit. Nova Acta Leopoldina, NF 122(410), 101–123.
  • Waibel, A. (2019). Multimodal Dialogue Processing for Machine Translation. In S. Oviatt, B. Schuller, P. R. Cohen, D. Sonntag, G. Potamianos, & A. Krüger (Eds.), The Handbook of Multimodal-Multisensor Interfaces (Vol. 3, pp. 604–612). Association for Computing Machinery.
  • Waibel, A., & Stiefelhagen, R. (2009). Computers in the Human Interaction Loop. Springer.
  • Waibel, A., Stücker, S., & Müller, M. (2019). Neural Codes to Factor Language in Multilingual Speech Recognition. International Conference on Acoustics.
  • Waibel, A., Stücker, S., Müller, M., Niehues, J., Nguyen, T.-S., & Pham, N.-Q. (2019). Very Deep Self-Attention Networks for End-to-End Speech Recognition. The 20th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, Graz, Austria.