Faculty Profile

Stephen E Levinson

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Stephen E Levinson
Stephen E Levinson
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
3048 ECE Building
306 North Wright Street
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 244-1262

Administrative Titles


  • Electrical and Computer Engineering

Primary Research Area

  • Signal Processing


  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering University of Rhode Island 1974

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Research Statement

See Speech and Language Engineering Group

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

My lab is engaged in research intended to design and test anthropomorphic robots that learn as children do by experience with the environment. We are especially interested in language acquisition. Most undergraduates do not have the necessary background to do independent work in this area. However, there have been a few successful undergraduate projects related to the control hardware and software of the robots. Students who have an interest in this area are encouraged to discuss potential projects with me.

Research Interests

  • Speech processing, Language acquisition, Natural language understanding, Speech synthesis

Research Areas

  • Audio, speech, music and auditory processing
  • Computer vision and pattern recognition
  • Multi-agent systems and robot control
  • Signal Processing

Research Topics

  • Autonomous Systems and Artificial Intelligence
  • Cognitive computing
  • Computational science and engineering
  • Data science and analytics
  • Decision science
  • Game theory
  • Human computer interactions
  • Machine learning
  • Machine vision
  • Neuro-engineering
  • Robotics
  • Sensing systems
  • Speech, language, and audio processing


  • Summer Appointment at Brown University, 1999
  • AT&T Bell Laboratories Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, 1990
  • IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer, 1986
  • Fellow, IEEE, 1986
  • Fellow, Acoustical Society of America, 1983
  • Sigma Xi Research Prize, 1974

Teaching Honors

  • New Course CHP 396A Campus Honors Program, 2009, 2010, 2012 (Spring)
  • Incomplete List of Excellence in Teaching, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 (both semesters)

Research Honors

  • CAS Steering committee for the Memory Project, Fall 2004
  • Center for Advanced Study Associate, Fall 2002