The University of Washington, Seattle is home to a broad community of speech and language research from several departments. Within the Electrical Engineering Department, the Transformation, Interpretation and Analysis of Language (TIAL) Group is one of three groups in the Signal, Speech and Language Interpretation (SSLI) Lab, founded in 1999. The TIAL Group is interested in developing computational models of language to solve the challenging problems in speech and language interpretation and analysis. Our emphasis is on data-driven machine learning combined with linguistically motivated system architectures.

We are located on the second floor of the Electrical Engineering building (EEB) in room 215.

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We seek students with backgrounds in electrical engineering, computer science or linguistics, with an interest to learn about the other disciplines. Students can expect to develop expertise in a wide variety of statistical modeling techniques as well as software and systems engineering skills. They also have access to courses and potential collaborations with faculty in related departments on campus, including EE, CSE, Statistics, Linguistics, and Speech and Hearing Sciences. We place a high value on oral and written communication skills, and students have the opportunity to give presentations in lab seminars as well as at international conferences. Many students do internships at leading research labs. Our graduates have taken positions in industry as well as academia, depending on their career goals and interests.


The TIAL Group is supported by a 450 core compute cluster and 7 file servers. Efficient job scheduling is based on condor. We provide standard language, speech and signal processing tools, as well as develop our own.