Carnegie Mellon University

Alex Waibel

Alex Waibel

Professor, Language Technologies Institute


A language technologist, Alex Waibel is a leader in developing automated speech-to-speech and speech-to-text translation that can break down barriers between people and cultures.

  • Waibel is director of the International Center for Advanced Communications Technologies, or interACT, which does scientific research on cross-cultural education in centers at Carnegie Mellon, the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Lecture Translator — a technology developed by Waibel that can translate lectures in four languages — is nearing the point where universities can begin to use it.
  • Handheld translation devices developed by Waibel's lab were used this year in joint military humanitarian exercises that provided medical services in underserved areas of Thailand, enabling cross-lingual dialogues between Thai and English.

For an interview, email Byron Spice or call him at 412-268-9068.