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D. Wang Recognized for Scholarship

Dr. DeLiang Wang received one of the six University Distinguished Scholar Awards. This award, established in 1978, is bestowed upon senior faculty with exceptional scholarly accomplishments who have compiled a substantial body of research. The award is supported by the Office of Research. Recipients are nominated by their departments and chosen by a committee of senior faculty, including several past recipients of the award.

Dr. Wang has become one of the most prominent researchers in his field, making groundbreaking contributions to oscillatory correlation theory and solving the speech segregation problem.

Professor Wang's best-known work is perhaps his analysis of neural oscillator networks and his more recent endeavor in segregating the target speech from its acoustic inference. His research team has developed a variety of algorithms in machine perception that have advanced the state-of-art performance by large margins. His algorithms on pitch tracking, dereverberation, singing voice separation, mask estimation and localization-based separation are widely used in the research community.

According to one colleague, "His pioneering contributions in advancing oscillatory correlation theory and speech segregation put him at the forefront of his field, rivaled by few in his generation."

Another colleague wrote, "Professor Wang has built an extraordinary record of research accomplishments. Whether in terms of publication, impact or recognition, professor Wang has few peers."

DeLiang's scholarly work includes more than 100 articles in leading journals and numerous papers in conference proceedings and edited books. His papers are widely quoted in the literature. He has been continuously funded throughout his career, and currently leads a multimillion-dollar National Institutes of Health effort to help listeners with hearing loss better understand speech in noise.

Wang is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is a recipient of the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award and the Helmholtz Award from the International Neural Network Society. He currently serves as co-editor-in-chief of Neural Networks, a premier journal in his field.

Dr. Wang began his academic career at Ohio State in 1991 arriving from University of Southern California where he received his Ph.D. He gained his BS and MS from Peking (Beijing) University.

(Text partially contributed by University Relations.)