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Erick Oduniyi

Student Spotlight | February 2018

Major: Computer Engineering

Describe your work in a few sentences that we can all understand: The goal of this research is to understand the acoustical, linguistic, and statistical properties that support and influence language learning. To do this, we're building a speech recognition system that is modeled on baby-talk (also known as child-directed speech) and assessed on the ability to recognize typical adult speech. If you want to learn more about the project my research progress is available at:

Q: Who mentors your project?

A: Dr. Nicole Beckage and Dr. Jonathan Brumberg.


Q: What surprised you about doing research?

A: It's really creative.     


Q: What did you find most challenging about getting involved in or doing your project? What advice would you offer to students facing similar challenges?

A: I think trying to synthesize past research into a novel, interesting, and testable idea is really challenging. Turns out, a lot of people have really similar ideas, while some ideas are novel, but difficult to test. Whenever I have difficulty with a technical concept or task I go to my advisors. They always point me in the right direction.


Q: What do you like most about your project?

A: It's people focused. We're using engineering tools to better understand humanity.


Q: What advice would you give to a friend wanting to get involved in research?

A: First, think about questions you want to explore in a scientific setting. Then, find faculty who might have an interest in your question(s) or have projects and ideas you find interesting. Finally, contact them and have a chat about your interest and about the possibility of pursuing undergraduate research with them. Some faculty are really busy, so you may need to repeat this until you're involved in a research project! 


Q: How do you spend your time when you're not working on your research?

A: Studying, working on other projects, DJing at KJHK 90.7, and listening to people and their stories.


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