• Hynek Boril, Ph.D.

      Associate Professor

      Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

      University of Wisconsin-Platteville

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About Me

I was born in Most, Czech Republic and received the M.S. degree in electrical engineering and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and information technology from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, in 2003 and 2008, respectively. In August 2007, I joined the Center for Robust Speech Systems (CRSS), Eric Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Texas at Dallas, as a Research Associate and in 2012 as an Assistant Research Professor. Since August 2015, I was with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville as an Assistant Professor and since August 2021, I have been an Associate Professor. Since August 2015, I have been also an Adjunct Research Faculty at CRSS, UT-Dallas. At UW-Platteville, I established the Pioneer Speech Signal Processing Laboratory (PSSPL) whose mission is to engage undergraduate students in research on speech technologies and connect them with graduate institutions and industry. I have authored/co-authored over 60 journal and conference papers. My research interests span the areas of digital signal processing, acoustic signal modeling, and machine learning, with the focus on automatic speech and speaker recognition, language and dialect identification, stress, emotion and cognitive load classification, automatic assessment of physiological traits from speech signals, robustness to environmental and speaker-induced variability, and language acquisition in infants. I served as an external reviewer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of University Programs-Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis (CINA), Dutch Research Council/Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) Talent Programme-Veni Scheme, and Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment of New Zealand (MBIE) Science Investment Round and was on the Editorial Advisory Board of the book 'Technologies for Inclusive Education: Beyond Traditional Integration Approaches' (Eds. D. Griol, Z. Callejas, R. L. Cozar) IGI Global, 2012. I was an independent expert in two patent infringement cases in the field of automatic speech and speaker recognition, two patent validity reexamination cases in the field of automatic speech recognition, a voice forensics case, and a feasibility/reliability study of gunshot detection systems.

Research Interests

Automatic Speech/Speaker/Language and Dialect Recognition

  • Vocal effort (Lombard effect/whisper), noise, and channel variability
  • Robust feature extraction front-ends
  • Online feature equalization
  • Acoustic modeling for varying environments
  • Limited resource tasks

Speech Analysis/Modeling/Assessment

  • Stress, cognitive load and emotions in human-human and human-machine interactions
  • Phonotactic modeling for language and dialect identification
  • Language acquisition in infants
  • Physiological traits in speech signals

Music Signal Processing

  • High-precision pitch tracking for real-time acoustic signal transcription and audio-to-MIDI conversion


Last Updated 2-18-2022