Career

In 1994 Ben moved to BT Laboratories in the speech recognition group, where he specialised in noise and channel robustness and front-end processing. In particular he worked on reducing error rates for services such as automated directory enquiries and speech recognition from payphones. More recent work at BT considered the effect of performing speech recognition over mobile and IP networks where problems of packet loss and codec distortion are addressed. He was also responsible for the handwriting component of BT's SmartQuill which features in the Guinness Book of Records as 'the world's most intelligent pen!'. He was also involved in work to automatically detect the internal rotting of telephone poles. He holds three patents in the areas of speech processing and handwriting recognition.

In March 2001 Ben returned to the School of Information Systems (now the School of Computing Sciences) as a Senior Lecturer.

Ben has also spent some time in oil and gas exploration working on side scan sonar and seabed profiling.

Academic Background

Ben Milner received a PhD in robust speech processing from the University of East Anglia in 1995. Prior to this he received a BEng in electronic engineering

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