Secretary: Steve Cassidy

Steve did his first degree in Astrophysics in the UK during which he became interested in Computer Science. He went on to do an MSc in Artificial Intelligence at Edinburgh University and later worked on Expert Systems development for Logica, a software company in the UK.
After a few years in industry Steve set out to see the world and ended up teaching Computer Science at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.
He completed his PhD building models of the processes involved in reading acquisition, a combination of AI methods and cognitive psychology.
Steve then moved to his current location at Macquarie to work with Jonathan Harrington on acoustic phonetics.  While at Macquarie, Steve has begun to work on tools for corpus based speech analysis which is now his main research activity.

Member: Michael (Spike) Barlow

Spike obtained his PhD from the university of NSW in 1991 for work in speaker characterisation and prosody. Following that he spent a stint at the University of Queensland as a Fellow on a commercially funded speaker verification project. From 1994 till 1996 he worked in Japan at NTT's Human Interface Laboratories on Large Vocabulary Continuous Speech Recognition (LVCSR) and speech understanding. Since 1996 he has worked as a lecturer in Computer Science at the Australian Defence Force Academy (UNSW/ADFA), is one of the leaders of the ADFA Speech Processing Lab, and recently became the founding Director of the Virtual Environments and Simulation  Lab (VESL) there.
Spike's research interests include speaker characteristics, LVCSR, speech understanding, grammar modelling, prosody, and visualisation of speech phenomenon. He has been involved in ASSTA & the SST series since their inception, chairing SST-2000, co-chairing SST-98, and working on the SST-92 committee.