Richard Sproat

Phone: 503 748-2370
Fax: 503 748-1306

Current Appointments
Associate Director, Center for Spoken Language Understanding

Central Building, Room 130 (West Campus)

Research Area
Center for Spoken Language Understanding

Richard Sproat has worked in many areas of linguistics and computational linguistics including syntax, morphology, computational morphology, articulatory phonetics, text-to-speech synthesis, Chinese language processing, text analysis and normalization, machine translation, and the computational analysis of writing systems. Sproat has published over 80 articles and books in these areas.

Sproat received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985. He worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1985 until the split between Lucent and AT&T in 1996, when he joined Lucent's Bell Labs organization. In 1999 he moved to AT&T Labs and worked there until 2003, when he joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He joined OHSU in January 2008. In addition to his OHSU appointment, Sproat holds adjunct positions in the Linguistics and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments at UIUC.He is also a Visiting Scientist at Google Labs.

Sproat was Team Leader of the project "Normalization of Non-Standard Words" held in 1999 at Johns Hopkins University. This project represented a first attempt to put a variety of issues in text normalization on a firm formal/computational footing. He was also team leader of the 2004 project on Dialectal Chinese Speech Recognition, which modeled accent detection and recognition for Shanghainese (non-native) speakers of Mandarin. Finally he was Team Leader of the 2008 JHU Workshop Project on "Multilingual Spoken Term Detection: Finding and Testing New Pronunciations".

At OHSU Sproat's interests include AAC and medical informatics.