Hosting Bright Minds at CHL: Summer Research Scholars 2023-24

Associate Professor Shun Ishihara with his 2023-2024 Summer Scholars
Associate Professor Shun Ishihara with his 2023-2024 Summer Scholars

Following previous years, Associate Professor Shun Ishihara hosted summer scholar students in the Speech and Language Lab for nine weeks from November 2023 to January 2024.  

Of the 12 students in total across CAP and CASS, Shun supervised three scholars this year, all of whom were fully funded. They worked on projects related to speech and language processing.

Michael Lambropoulos
Michael Lambropoulos

Michael Lambropoulos, a student from the University of Sydney majoring in computer science and linguistics, investigated the usefulness of a newly developed signal processing technique called ‘band-limited cepstrum’ for a more detailed phonetic-linguistic analysis of speech signals. He focused on the classification of Japanese vowels.

Praju Ghatpande
Praju Ghatpande

Praju Ghatpande, a computer science student from the University of New South Wales with a minor in Japanese, contributed to a larger project funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for the development of a forensic text comparison (FTC) system in Japanese. She played a key role in developing a baseline machine-learning-based FTC system.

Ciara Thompson
Ciara Thompson

Ciara Thompson, an ANU student majoring in linguistics and languages, investigated the extent to which a natural language generation system, such as ChatGPT, can mimic individuals’ writing styles. Her project is highly relevant to concerns related to ‘Deepfake’; AI-based technologies have been used for some criminal activities.

The team extends their gratitude to CHL for its continuous support of the summer scholar students. The program is particularly important to the School because some students decide to pursue their postgraduate degrees later at ANU. “The nine weeks are intense, but collaborating with such bright minds is always fruitful and rewarding,” says Shun.

 

What is the Summer Scholars Program?

A Summer Research Scholarship (SRS) (for non-ANU students) or Summer Research Internship (SRI) (for ANU students) is an exceptional research opportunity for undergraduate and master’s coursework students, providing insight into what studying for a graduate research degree is all about.

The scholarship or internship package offers the opportunity to stretch your boundaries by undertaking research projects and activities during the summer.

Associate Professor Shun Ishihara with his 2023-2024 Summer Scholars
Associate Professor Shun Ishihara with his 2023-2024 Summer Scholars