Department of Engineering

Machine Intelligence Laboratory : Speech Group


  • In 2005 I graduated from the University of Pretoria (South Africa) with a B.Eng in Computer Engineering.
  • I went on to read for the M.Phil in Computer Speech, Text and Internet Technology at Cambridge University in 2006/2007.
  • Between 2007 and 2009 I worked in industry as an embedded software engineer/project engineer for an electronic system design house in South Africa.
  • I started my PhD in 2009 under the supervision of Prof. Phil Woodland in the Speech Group of the Cambridge University Engineering Department.
  • I succesfully defended my thesis and submitted the final version in December 2013.

Research Interests

  • Large vocabulary speech recognition
  • Confidence estimation
  • Spoken term detection (keyword spotting)
  • Novel acoustic modelling approaches
  • Machine learning


  • Demonstrator for CSTIT M.Phil course 2009-2010
  • Supervisor for 3rd year engineering module 3F1 "Signals and Systems" (Michaelmas 2010 & 2011)
  • Supervisor for 3rd year engineering module 3F3 "Signal & Pattern Processing" (Lent 2011)