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Mikhail Belkin, Alumnus/Co-Pi

Misha Belkin was a co-PI on a grant from the Ohio State University Center for Cognitive Science on "Using manifolds to model phonological learning in infancy and early childhood" from 2011 through 2012.  His research focuses on designing and analyzing practical algorithms for machine learning based on non-linear structure of high dimensional data, in particular manifold and spectral methods. He is also interested in a range of theoretical questions concerning the computational and statistical limits of learning and mathematical foundations of learning structure from data. He is also becoming more and more interested in human cognition and its connections to machine learning.

Ilana Heintz, Alumna/Graduate Researcher

Ilana Heintz received her Ph.D. in Linguistics in 2010, with a dissertation on Arabic Language Modeling with Stem-Derived Morphemes for Automatic Speech Recognition. Her work on the Math-to-Mouth project involved modeling how children are able to learn to reproduce sounds they hear from adults, despite having entirely different vocal tracts. She is currently on the technical staff at Raytheon BBN Technologies.

Jeffrey J. Holliday, Alumnus/Graduate Researcher

Jeff Holliday earned a doctorate in Linguistics at OSU in 2012, writing a dissertation on The emergence of L2 phonological contrast in perception: The case of Korean sibilant fricatives.  He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Second Language Studies at Indiana University for three years before taking up his current position on the faculty in Department of Korean Language and Literature at Korea University. During his time at OSU, he worked as a research associate on the paidologos project and mentored several undergraduate researchers, including Chanelle Mays and Jeff Kallay.

Jeffrey Kallay, Alumnus/Undergrad Researcher

Jeff Kallay earned an undergraduate degree at the Ohio State University, with a major in Linguistics and a minor in Chinese. He collaborated with both Jeffrey Holliday and Ya-ting Shih on projects related to their dissertations, and was first author on a paper on Using spectral measurements to differentiate Mandarin and Korean sibilant fricatives presented at InterSpeech2012. He is now a graduate student in Linguistics at the University of Oregon, working in Lisa Redford's lab.

Eun Jong Kong, Alumna/Graduate Researcher

Eun Jong Kong earned a doctorate in Linguistics in 2009, writing her dissertation on The development of phonation-type contrasts in plosives: Cross-linguistic perspectives. While writing her dissertation, she worked as one of the primary managers of the data collected on the paidologos project and contributed her own large Korean corpus to the set of paidologos corpora. After graduating from OSU, she worked for two years as a postdoctoral researcher in the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin, extending her dissertation research to second language acquisition and sound change, collaborating on subprojects of the maths-to-mouth grantwork, and also developing new experimental expertise in the study of individual differences in speech perception and lexical access using eye-tracking. Since 2011, she has been on the faculty at Korea Aerospace University.

Fangfang Li, Alumna/Graduate Researcher

Fangfang Li received her PhD in Linguistics in 2008, with a dissertation on The phonetic development of voiceless sibilant fricatives in English, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese. She is an assistant professor at the University of Lethbridge, a phonetician and a developmental psychologist conducting research on child speech development. Her research interests include acoustic and perceptual development of fricatives in preschool-age children speaking different languages. She also is interested in gendered speech, its acoustics and acquisition in languages such as Mandarin Chinese.

Chanelle Mays, Alumna/Undergrad Researcher

Chanelle Mays earned a BA in Linguistics with honors in 2010, writing her thesis on Gender differences in English and Japanese "s" versus "sh", using data from the paidologos corpora. She then collaborated with Jeff Holliday in their award-winning paper at Interspeech2010.  While earning her BA, Chanelle also worked with Fangfang Li on gender differences in the realization of sibilant affricates in Songyuan Mandarin and with Ben Munson to collect perception data for Hyunju Chung's dissertation and for the Plummer et al. Interspeech2013 paper.

Elizabeth McCullough, Alumna/Graduate Researcher

Liz McCullough is a 2013 graduate of the Linguistics doctoral program at the Ohio State University. Her areas of interest include phonetics and both first and second language acquisition.  In her dissertation, Acoustic correlates of foreign-accented English, she explored the phonetic underpinnings of native listeners' perceptions of non-native speech.

Patrick F. Reidy, Alumnus/Graduate Researcher

Pat Reidy worked as a graduate research assistant on the learningtotalk longitudinal project while earning his doctorate in Linguistics at OSU, writing a dissertation on The spectral dynamics of voiceless sibilant fricatives in English and Japanese, before moving on to be a post-doctoral researcher in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin -- Madison.  The goal of his research is to understand how typically developing children and children with cochlear implants learn to produce consonant sounds, such as those at the beginnings of the words: sea, she, tea, and key.  Toward this end, he applies psychoacoustic and computational models to characterize how consonants become more and more differentiated from each other during language acquisition.

Ya-ting Shih, Alumna/Graduate Researcher

Ya-ting Shih received her Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 2012, writing a dissertation on Taiwanese-Guoyu bilingual children and adults' sibilant fricative production patterns. She collaborated in advising undergraduates Jeffrey Kallay and Jennifer Zhang, and she has co-authored conference papers with them.  She is from Kaohsiung, which is also where she gathered her dissertation data. She is now an Assistant Professor at Chung Yuan University.

Oxana Skorniakova, Alumna/Graduate Researcher

Oxana Skorniakova earned an MA in Linguistics in 2010, writing a thesis on Sensitivity to sub-phonemic variation: Evidence from a Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) goodness-rating task. She developed the experimental design in collaboration with Kiwako Ito, using eye-tracking data in combination with VAS rating to explore individual differences in response patterns to three phonetic continua. While she was a graduate student in Linguistics, she also collaborated with Fangfang Li and Chanelle Mays on gendered production of affricates in Songyuan Mandarin.