Portrait of Eric Chang

Eric Chang

Senior Director


Eric Chang joined Microsoft Research Asia (MSR Asia) in July, 1999 to work in the area of speech technologies. Eric is currently the Senior Director of Technology Strategy and Communications of MSR Asia, where his responsibilities include communications, IP portfolio management, and driving new research themes such as eHealth and urban informatics.

Prior to his new responsibilities at MSR Asia, Eric co-founded Microsoft Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in 2003 as the Assistant Managing Director. At ATC, Eric led teams to ship features for Windows and Windows Mobile and started a multi-disciplinary incubation team. Previously, Eric was the research manager of the speech group at MSR Asia and the acting University Relations Director for one year. A technology transfer result from his group is the Chinese version of Office XP, which incorporates the Mandarin speech recognition engine developed at Microsoft Research Asia.

Prior to joining Microsoft Research, Eric was one of the founding members of the Research group at Nuance Communications, a pioneer in natural speech interface software for telecommunication systems. While at Nuance, Eric worked on various projects involving confidence score generation, acoustic modeling, and robust speech detection. He also led the technical effort to develop the Japanese version of the Nuance product. This project led to the world’s first deployed Japanese natural language speech recognition system.

Eric has also developed speech recognition algorithms at M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory, invented a new circuit optimization technique at Toshiba ULSI Research Center, and conducted pattern recognition research at General Electric Corporate Research and Development Center.

Eric graduated from M.I.T. with Ph.D., Master and Bachelor degrees, all in the field of electrical engineering and computer science. While at M.I.T., he was inducted into the honorary societies Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi.

Eric has published papers in the fields of eHealth, speech processing, and machine learning in various journals and conferences. He is the author of several granted and pending patents. His research interests are spoken language understanding, machine learning, and signal processing.





Professional Activities: Editorial Board Member, Computer Speech and Language.

Visiting Professor, Nankai University and Zhejiang University

Program Committee Member, 6th National Conference on Man-Machine Speech Communication ((NCMMSC 2001).

Program Committee Member, International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing 2000.

Guest Lecturer, Tsinghua University and Peking University.

Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing, NIPS, Computer Speech and Language.

Program Committee Member, Pervasive Health 2010

Industry Forum Chair, ChinaSIP 2013

Tutorial Chair and Program Committee Executives, IEEE International Conference on eScience 2013


Ph.D. thesis: Improving Wordspotting Performance with Limited Training Data (Download)



Current Interns
Name School Time LinkedIn
Shengyu Zhao Tsinghua University 8/24/2017-8/22/2019 LinkedIn
Li Sun Southern University of Science and Technology 3/14/2019-8/2/2019 LinkedIn
Yilun Sheng Tsinghua University 4/17/2019-7/11/2019 LinkedIn
Yeshu Li University of Illinois at Chicago 5/13/2019-10/31/2019 LinkedIn
Xingyu Fan Chongqing University 5/14/2019-8/6/2019 LinkedIn


Previous Interns
Name School Time LinkedIn Current Position
Yan Xu Tsinghua University 3/29/2009-9/30/2009 LinkedIn VR at Microsoft Research Asia
Viet Anh D. Nguyen MIT LinkedIn
Kai Hong Tsinghua University 4/13/2010-2/25/2011 LinkedIn PhD Student at University of Pennsylvania
Yue Wang Shanghai Jiaotong University 3/15/2011-9/2/2011 LinkedIn Graduate Research Assistant at University of Michigan
Junyan Zhu Tsinghua University 3/15/2011-2/22/2012 LinkedIn Phd Student, EECS, UC Berkeley
Yue Chen Shanghai Jiaotong University LinkedIn  Software Engineer at Twitter
Jiahua Liu Tsinghua University 3/15/2011-3/22/2012 LinkedIn PhD Student at Tsinghua University
Jiajun Wu Tsinghua University 8/8/2011-7/18/2012 LinkedIn Ph.D. student at MIT
Tianren Liu Tsinghua University 3/13/2012-9/27/2012 LinkedIn
Tao Mo Tsinghua University 8/23/2012-11/20/2012 LinkedIn
Qipeng Liu Tsinghua University 10/9/2012-12/17/2012 LinkedIn Student at Tsinghua University
Gaoyuan Chen Tsinghua University 2/19/2013-7/10/2013 LinkedIn Student at University of Southern California
Yining Wang Tsinghua University 7/18/2013-8/29/2013 LinkedIn Student at Tsinghua University
Qiwei Feng Tsinghua University 9/17/2013-1/17/2014 LinkedIn Student at Tsinghua University
Peilin Zhong Tsinghua University 10/17/2013-6/30/2014 LinkedIn
Fang Zhang Tsinghua University 11/26/2013-2/27/2015 LinkedIn
Zhipeng Jia Tsinghua University 2/21/2014-2/27/2015 LinkedIn
Yuqing Ai Tsinghua University 6/23/2014-12/21/2015 LinkedIn
Liangbo Wang Taiwan University 7/1/2014-12/31/2015 LinkedIn
Dingfeng Liu Tsinghua University 3/17/2015-1/18/2016 LinkedIn
Liang Zhuo Tsinghua University 4/21/2015-6/21/2016 LinkedIn
Yuchen Yuan The University of Sydney 2/23/2016-10/11/2016 LinkedIn
Zhipeng Jia Tsinghua University 2/23/2016-7/5/2017 LinkedIn
Haoshuo Huang Tsinghua University 6/23/2016-10/28/2016 LinkedIn
Yue Yu Tsinghua University 11/29/2016-4/14/2017 LinkedIn
Ji Luo Tsinghua University 9/12/2017-9/3/2018 LinkedIn
Dingfeng Liu Tsinghua University 9/28/2017-7/24/2018 LinkedIn
Chuizheng Meng Tsinghua University 11/9/2017-6/29/2018 LinkedIn
Yeonghun Lee Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology 1/2/2018-3/29/2018 LinkedIn
Sirui Song Tsinghua University 1/25/2018-8/3/2018 LinkedIn
Melody Liu Tsinghua University 3/13/2018-6/19/2018 LinkedIn
Tuo Dai Peking University 7/19/2018-1/18/2019 LinkedIn
Yingjie Chen Peking University 8/9/2018-3/28/2019 LinkedIn
Jihee Soh Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology 10/8/2018-1/30/2019 LinkedIn
Mengran Fan University of Oxford 10/23/2018-2/22/2019 LinkedIn



Visiting Researcher

Name School Time LinkedIn
Yan Xu Tsinghua University 8/29/2009-Now LinkedIn
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