Prof. Man Wai Mak
Professor and Interim Head
Department of Electronic and Information Engineering
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Topic: Spoken Language Biomarkers for Dementia Detection
Man-Wai MAK received a Ph.D. in electronic engineering from the University of Northumbria and joined the Department of Electronic and Information Engineering at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1993. Currently, he is a Professor and Interim Head of the same department. Prof. Mak has authored over 200 articles in speaker recognition, machine learning, bioinformatics, and biomedical engineering. He also coauthored postgraduate textbooks “Biometric Authentication: A Machine Learning Approach,” Prentice-Hall, 2005 and “Machine Learning for Speaker Recognition,” Cambridge University Press, 2020. Prof. Mak has received three Faculty of Engineering Research Grant Achievement Awards and a Faculty Merit Award in Research and Scholarly Activities. He has served as a member of the IEEE Machine Learning for Signal Processing Technical Committee from 2005–2007 and as an associate editor of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing. Prof. Mak is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Signal Processing Systems and IEEE Biometrics Compendium. He also served as a Technical Committee member of international conferences, including ICASSP and Interspeech, and gave a tutorial on machine learning for speaker recognition in Interspeech’2016. Prof. Mak’s research interests include speaker recognition, machine learning, bioinformatics, and biomedical engineering.