Akinori Ito was born in Yamagata, Japan in 1963. He received B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees from Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, on 1986, 1988 and 1991, respectively. Since 1991, he has worked with Research Center for Information Sciences and Education Center for Information Processing, Tohoku University. He was with the Faculty of Engineering, Yamagata University, from 1995 to 2002. From 1998 to 1999, he worked with the College of Engineering, Boston University, MA, USA, as a Visiting Scholar. He is now a Professor of the Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University. He is engaged in speech signal processing, human machine communication, music signal processing and speech-based language learning systems. He is a member of the Acoustical Society of Japan, the Information Processing Society of Japan, IEICE, and the IEEE. He was a vice-president of the Acoustical Society of Japan from 2013 to 2014, a chair of IEEE Signal Processing Society Sendai Chapter from 2013 to 2016, and the editor-in-chief of the Acoustical Science and Technology from 2015 to 2016.Currently he is the president of the Acoustical Society of Japan.
Estimation of English proficiency from visual information
Many people learn English as the second language. A computer-assisted language learning (CALL) system helps those who learn foreign languages, because it provides a way to effectively learn a foreign language with low cost. Several systems assess a learner's proficiency of English by listening to the learner's English utterances using machine learning