Michael Wagner

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Michael Wagner PhD


Honorary Professor, Research School of Computer Science, Australian National University, Canberra

Honorary Professor for Biometric Security Systems, Technische Universität Berlin

Emeritus Professor of Computing, University of Canberra

I have been Professor of Computing at the University of Canberra since 1996 and Emeritus since 2014, specialising in software engineering, biometrics and computer security. I was the Head of the then School of Computing from 1996 to 2001, Head of the Discipline of Software Engineering from 2005 to 2011 and the Director of the National Centre for Biometric Studies from 2006 to 2010. Previously, I was the Director of the Australian National University’s TRUST Multimodal Authentication Project. I have taught a wide spectrum of subjects in universities in Australia (U Wollongong, UNSW/ADFA, ANU and UC), Germany (U Duisburg and TU Berlin) and Singapore (NUS and NTU). They range from software engineering and programming (Fortran, Pascal, Ada, Modula, C, C++, C#, and Matlab) to computer and network security, biometrics (voice, face, finger, iris), signal processing and communication theory. My research interests and current projects are in the areas of speech and speaker recognition; face recognition; speaker characteristics and emotion detection; language, dialect and accent recognition; and forensic speaker recognition.

I am also an Honorary Professor in the Research School of Computer Science of the Australian National University and an Honorary Professor for Biometric Security Systems at the Technische Universität Berlin, as well as a licensed radio amateur (VK1XYZ) with an interest in narrow-band speech coding and transmission.

I am the CEO and Chief Scientist of the National Centre for Biometric Studies Pty Ltd (NCBS), which is a company specialising in research and consultation in biometrics, particularly scientific forensic speaker recognition utilising cutting-edge voice analysis and statistical tools for the forensic comparison of voice recordings.

E michael.wagner@canberra.edu.au and michael.wagner@ncbs.com.au

T +61 (0)439 703097 (Australia) and +49 (0)176 63236208 (Germany)

Public Key: My PGP/GPG public key is linked here.

Postal Address Germany: Postal Address Australia:
Quality and Usability Lab
TU Berlin
Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7
10587 Berlin
Faculty of ESTeM
University of Canberra
ACT 2601

Academic Record

  • Study at Universität Münster (WWU, 1967-1970), Universität München (LMU, 1970-1973), Australian National University (ANU, 1974-1978)
  • Diplomphysiker (LMU, 1973) with a thesis on “Computer Simulation of Particle Trajectories in Supraconducting Magnets” (in German).
  • PhD in Computer Science (ANU, 1979) with a thesis on “Application of a Learning Technique for the Identification of Speaker Characteristics in Continuous Speech”.

List of Publications

My list of publications is linked here. Progressively, links to full-text versions of of papers are being added.

Recent Research Projects

  • Australian Audiovisual Speech Corpus, ARC Infrastructure Grant (2010)
  • From Talking Head to Thinking Head, ARC Thinking Systems Grant (2006-2011)
  • Speaker Characteristics and Emotion Detection
  • Speaker, Language, Dialect and Accent Recognition
  • Fuzzy methods in speech and speaker recognition
  • Face-Voice Recognition and Liveness Assurance
  • Forensic Speaker Recognition
  • Narrow-band Speech Coding and Transmission

Previous Research Projects

  • Neural network application in speaker recognition (PhD thesis 1974-1978, postdoc 1979-1981)
  • Speech synthesis (1974-1978)
  • Automatic segmentation and labelling of speech signals (1979-1981)
  • Isolated word recognition of spoken Chinese syllables (1981-1986)
  • Spoken language output systems in an industrial computer maintenance environment (Nixdorf, 1983-1984)
  • Use of prosodic information in automatic speech recognition (1986-1989)

Professional Organisations

  • Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) and Fellow, Engineers Australia (EA)
  • Member of the Board of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA, 1999-2007)
  • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Foundation President and Life Member of the Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA, 1988-1992)
  • Chair of the ASSTA National Spoken Language Database Committee
  • Member of the ASSTA Forensic Speaker Recognition Committee
  • Member of the ISCA Special Interest Group on Audio-Visual Speech Processing
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the ARC Network on Human Communication Science (HCSnet)

Previous Positions

  • Director, Research Institute of Information Sciences and Engineering, University of Canberra (2002-2003)
  • Head of the School of Computing, University of Canberra (1996-2001)
  • Senior Fellow, Dept of Computer Science, Australian National University (1996)
  • Principal Research Scientist, TRUST Project, Australian National University (1993-1996)
  • Senior Lecturer, Dept of Computer Science, University of NSW/ADFA (1986-1993)
  • Senior Lecturer, Dept of Computing Science, University of Wollongong (1984-1986)
  • Research Scientist, Nixdorf Computer AG, Paderborn (1983-1984)
  • Lecturer, Dept of Computer Science, National University of Singapore (1981-1983)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow (Wiss. Ang.), Lehrstuhl für Datenverarbeitung, TU München (1979-1981)
  • Research Assistant in Nuclear Physics, Universität München & ETH Zürich (1973-1974)
  • Tutor in Mathematics and Computer Operator, Universität Münster (1967-1970)

Visiting Positions

  • Visiting Professor, Shandong University, China (June 2013)
  • Visiting Professor, Beihang University, China (June 2013)
  • Visiting Professor, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Kuching (July 2013)
  • Visiting Professor, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Kuantan (August 2013)
  • Visiting Professor, Dept of Human Language Technology, I2R, and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (Nov-Dec 2009)
  • Visiting Professor, Laboratoire Informatique d’Avignon, Université d’Avignon (Sep-Nov 2009)
  • Visiting Professor, Cognitive Systems Lab, Institute of Anthropomatics, Universität Karlsruhe (Jul-Sep 2009)
  • Visiting Professor, Quality & Usability Lab, Deutsche Telekom Labs, Technische Universität Berlin (Jan-Jul 2009)
  • Visiting Professor, Lehrstuhl für Mensch-Maschine-Interaktion, TU München (2004)
  • Visiting Professor, Computer Sciences Lab, Research School of Information Sciences and Engineering, Australian National University (2003-2004)
  • Visiting Scientist, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Australian National University (2003-2004)

Other Professional Activities

  • Australian Law Reform Commission Adviser on the Review of the Privacy Act 1988 (2006-2008)
  • ACT Government Information Technology Advisory Board (1996-2000)
  • ACT Government Digital Divide Task Force (2001)
  • Software Engineering Australia (ACT) Board (1996-2001)

Teaching Experience

  • Software Engineering Methodology and Programming (C++, C#, C, Java, Ada, Modula, Pascal, Fortran)
  • Biometric Authentication (Voice, Face, Iris, Finger, etc)
  • Cryptography and Computer and Network Security
  • Speech Technology and Signal Processing
  • Communication Engineering