Meet Your Professor: Mark D. Skowronski

Posted on: November 11, 2013

Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Brief Bio:
Dr. Skowronski was born April 4, 1973, in Clearwater, FL. He attended the University of Florida and was conferred a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in May 2004. His research interests over the past decade have focused on signal processing techniques in various biological systems. He has researched biologically inspired noise-robust speech recognition methods for both man and machine, applied the signal processing paradigms used with speech to bioacoustic as well as electromyographic signals, and investigated models that seek to go beyond the assumptions of traditional models-linearity, normality, stationarity-such as Freeman's K-sets and Jaeger's echo state network. In addition to his academic research projects, Dr. Skowronski worked within the hearing aid industry developing personalized tuning methods for hearing aids and cochlear implants. As a faculty member of Michigan State University in the Dept. of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, he has investigated early speech detection of Parkinson's disease, acoustic detection of dysphagia, and acoustic modeling of dysphonic voice quality.

Things he wants students to know about him.
He is a research professor, cross collaborator, and experimentalist.

What he hopes his students learn from him, his scholarly work or teaching.
Seek a ground truth, question answers, and admit when you don't know.

Describe yourself in five words or less.
Engineer, researcher, experimentalist.

Favorite Quotation:
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

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