* Biography [#n2d8e7a1]
 
 > Heiga Zen was born in Osaka, Japan on March 4, 1979.  He received the A.E. degree in electronic and information engineering from [[Suzuka National College of Technology:http://www.suzuka-ct.ac.jp/]], Suzuka, Japan, in 1999, and the B.E., M.E., and Dr.Eng. degrees in computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and computer science and engineering from [[Nagoya Institute of Technology:http://www.nitech.ac.jp/]], Nagoya, Japan, in 2001, 2003, and 2006,
 > Heiga Zen was born in Osaka, Japan on March 4th, 1979.  He received the A.E. degree in electronic and information engineering from [[Suzuka National College of Technology:http://www.suzuka-ct.ac.jp/]], Suzuka, Japan, in 1999, and the B.E., M.E., and Dr.Eng. degrees in computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and computer science and engineering from [[Nagoya Institute of Technology:http://www.nitech.ac.jp/]], Nagoya, Japan, in 2001, 2003, and 2006,
 respectively.  
 
 > From April 2003 to March 2004, he was an Intern Researcher (part time) at [[ATR Spoken Language Translation Research Laboratories:http://www.slt.atr.jp/slc/]] (ATR-SLT), Kyoto, Japan.  From June 2004 to May 2005, he was an Intern/Co-op Researcher (full time) in the Human Language Technology group at [[IBM T.J. Watson Research Center:http://www.research.ibm.com/about/ykt.shtml]], Yorktown Heights, NY, USA.  From April 2006 to July 2008, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Nagoya Institute of Technology.  From July 2008 to July 2011, he was a Research Engineer at [[Speech Technology Group, Toshiba Research Europe Ltd. Cambridge Research Laboratory:http://www.toshiba-europe.com/research/crl/stg/index.html]], Cambridge, UK.  Presently, he is a Senior Staff Research Scientist at Google, London, UK.  His research interests include statistical speech recognition and synthesis.  
 > From April 2003 to March 2004, he was an Intern Researcher (part time) at [[ATR Spoken Language Translation Research Laboratories:http://www.slt.atr.jp/slc/]] (ATR-SLT), Kyoto, Japan.  From June 2004 to May 2005, he was an Intern/Co-op Researcher (full time) in the Human Language Technology group at [[IBM T.J. Watson Research Center:http://www.research.ibm.com/about/ykt.shtml]], Yorktown Heights, NY, USA.  From April 2006 to July 2008, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Nagoya Institute of Technology.  From July 2008 to July 2011, he was a Research Engineer at [[Speech Technology Group, Toshiba Research Europe Ltd. Cambridge Research Laboratory:http://www.toshiba-europe.com/research/crl/stg/index.html]], Cambridge, UK.  From July 2011 to November 2018, he was with Google, London, UK.  Presently, he is a Senior Staff Research Scientist at Google, Tokyo, Japan.  His research interests include statistical speech recognition and synthesis.  
 
 > Dr. Zen received the Awaya Award in 2006 and the Itakura Award in 2008 both from the Acoustical Society of Japan (ASJ).  He won the TELECOM System Technology Prize from the Telecommunications Advancement Foundation (TAF) of Japan in 2008, the Information and Systems Society Best Paper Award from the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE) of Japan in 2008, the Yamashita SIG Research Award from Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ) in 2009, and IPSJ Kiyasu Special Industrial Achievement Award, 2012.  He is a member of IEEE and ISCA, and was a member of the IEEE Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee (SLTC) from 2012 to 2014.  He is an Associate Editor of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing from 2017.
 
 
 ** Educations [#fcc34c14]
 - April 2003 - March 2006~
 [[Nagoya Institute of Technology:http://www.nitech.ac.jp/]] [[Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering:http://www.elcom.nitech.ac.jp/joho/index.html]]
 - April 2001 - March 2003~
 [[Nagoya Institute of Technology:http://www.nitech.ac.jp/]] [[Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering:http://www.elcom.nitech.ac.jp/e-index.html]]  
 - April 1999 - March 2001~
 [[Nagoya Institute of Technology:http://www.nitech.ac.jp/]] [[Dept. of Computer Science:http://www.ics.nitech.ac.jp/]] 
 - April 1994 - March 1999~
 [[Suzuka National College of Technology:http://www.suzuka-ct.ac.jp/]] [[Dept. of Electronic and Information Engineering:http://www.suzuka-ct.ac.jp/info/]] 
 
 ** Professional Experiences [#ub62c3ab]
 - July 2011 - Present~
 Google UK Ltd., Research Scientist (2011--2013), Senior Research Scientist (2013--2015), Staff Research Scientist (2015--2017), Senior Staff Research Scientist (2017--).
 - November 2018 - Present~
 Google Japan LLC., Brain team, Senior Staff Research Scientist 
 - July 2011 - November 2018~
 Google UK Ltd., Speech team, Research Scientist (2011--2013), Senior Research Scientist (2013--2015), Staff Research Scientist (2015--2017), Senior Staff Research Scientist (2017--).
 - July 2008 - July 2011~
 [[Toshiba Research Europe Ltd. Cambridge Research Laboratory:http://www.toshiba-europe.com/research/crl/stg/index.html]], Research Engineer
 - April 2008 - July 2008~
 [[EC FP7 EMIME Project:http://www.emime.org/]], Postdoctoral Research Associate
 - April 2006 - March 2008~
 [[MEXT e-Society Project:http://cif.iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp/e-society/]], Postdoctoral Research Associate
 - June 2004 - May 2005~
 [[IBM T.J. Watson Research Center:http://www.research.ibm.com/about/ykt.shtml]], Intern/Co-op Researcher
 - April 2003 - March 2004~
 [[ATR Spoken Language Translation Research Laboratories:http://www.slc.atr.jp/slc-e/]], Intern Researcher
 - October 2002 - November 2002~
 [[ATR Spoken Language Translation Research Laboratories:http://www.slc.atr.jp/slc-e/]], Intern Student
 
 ** Awards [#xfec3813]
 - June 2013~
 [[Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ), Kiyasu Special Industrial Achievement Award:http://www.ipsj.or.jp/annai/aboutipsj/award/kiyasu.html#anc2]]
 - September 2010~
 Best paper invited to Speech Communication, Interspeech2010, 2010
 - March 2009~
 [[Information Processing Society Japan, Yamashita SIG Research Award:http://www.ipsj.or.jp/01kyotsu/award/yamashita_kinen/h20_detail.html#slp]]
 - December 2008~
 [[Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers:http://www.ieice.org/eng/index.html]], Information and Systems Society Best Paper Award
 - March 2008~
 [[The Acoustical Society of Japan, The Itakura Prize Innovative Young Researcher Award:http://www.asj.gr.jp/recommending/04_itakura.html]]
 - March 2008~
 [[Telecommunications Advancement Foundation, Telecom System Technology Award:http://www.taf.or.jp/award/prize/23_telesys.html]]
 - September 2007~
 2007 Spring Meeting of the Acoustical Society of Japan, Best Poster Award (co-author, first author is Kazuhiro Nakamura)
 - March 2006~
 [[The Acoustical Society of Japan, The Awaya Prize Young Researcher Award:http://www.asj.gr.jp/recommending/03_awaya.html]]
 - April 1998~
 Suzuka National College of Technology, Special Student Award
 - March 1998~
 [[English Technical Writing Test, Minister of Education Promotional Award:http://www.jstc.jp/hyosho/hyosho.html]]
 
 ** Grants [#zbcfcb3e]
 - April 2007 - March 2008~
 [[Hori Information Science Promotion Foundation:http://www.hori-foundation.or.jp/]]
 - April 2006 - March 2008~
 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Grant No. 18800019
 
 ** Society works [#wea89fbb]
 - September 2018~
 ISCA Interspeech 2018, Lead Area Chair (Speech Synthesis)
 - September 2016~
 [[ISCA Interspeech 2016, Area Chair (Speech Synthesis):http://www.interspeech2016.org/]]
 - September 2016~
 [[9th ISCA Speech Synthesis Workshop, Program Committee Member:http://ssw9.net/]]
 - December 2015~
 [[IEEE ASRU 2015, Invited Speaker:http://www.asru2015.org/]]
 - September 2015~
 [[ISCA Interspeech 2015, Area Chair (Speech Synthesis):http://interspeech2015.org/]]
 - August 2013~
 [[8th ISCA Speech Synthesis Workshop, Program Committee Member & Keynote Speaker:http://ssw8.talp.cat/]]
 - November 2010~
 [[FALA 2010:http://fala2010.uvigo.es/]], [[Keynote Speaker:http://fala2010.uvigo.es/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=61&Itemid=66&lang=en]]
 - September 2010~
 [[7th ISCA Speech Synthesis Workshop, Program Committee Member & Session Chair:http://ssw7.org/]]
 - September 2009~
 [[ISCA Interspeech 2009, Area Coordinator (Speech Synthesis):http://www.interspeech2009.org/conference/scientific-committee.php]]
 - March 2008~
 ASJ Spring Meeting, Session Sub-Chair (Adaptation & Transformation)
 - September 2007~
 ASJ Autumn Meeting, Session Sub-Chair (Speech Synthesis)
 - August 2007~
 6th ISCA Speech Synthesis Workshop, Session Chair (Evaluations)
 - March 2007~
 ASJ Spring Meeting, Session Sub-Chair (Acoustic Modeling)
 - Reviewer of conferences/journals~
 ICASSP, Interspeech, ASRU, ISCA SSW, IEICE, ASJ, Neural Computation, Speech Communication, Computer Speech & Language, IEEE Trans. ASLP
 
 ** Publication list [#y19bbd41]
 > Publication list is also available at &ref(https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=z3IRvDwAAAAJ&hl=en&authuser=1,,Google Scholar Citations);

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