Dan Ellis is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia Engineering, where he leads the Laboratory for Recognition and Organization of Speech and Audio (LabROSA), working on extracting high-level information from audio, including speech recognition, music description, and environmental sound processing. He also runs the AUDITORY email list of 2000 worldwide researchers in perception and cognition of sound.

His many awards and recognitions include: NSF Career Award (2003-2008); Speech Communication Best Paper Awards (2001-2003 and 2005-2007); developer or co-developer of best ranked systems for Audio Chord Recognition (2009), Audio Cover Song Detection (2006), and Audio Artist Identification (2004, 2005) at the MIREX evaluations of the International Conference on Music Information Retrieval; and co-developer of best performing system in the ETSI Aurora-2 Noisy Speech Recognition evaluation at the Eurospeech Special Event in 2001. Ellis received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, where he was a Research Asssistant in the Machine Listening Group of the Media Lab.

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