Dr Agha Ali Raza
Founding Director, Centre for Speech and Language Technologies
Dr Agha Ali Raza is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at LUMS and the founding director of the Center for Speech and Language Technologies (CSaLT). His cumulative teaching experience as part of the Computer Science faculty at FAST-NU, ITU, and LUMS spans 12 years. He teaches Computer Science courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including Natural Language Processing, Speech Processing, and Machine Learning. Dr Raza's research interests include Speech and Natural Language Processing, Speech-based Human-Computer Interfaces, and Information & Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D). His research aims to enable information access and social connectivity for under-connected and under-served populations (low-literate, low-income, tech naïve, visually impaired, oral cultures, linguistically and socially marginalised, and geographically remote communities) throughout the global south. His research has been funded by Google Inc., Facebook, UNICEF Innovations Fund, the Gates Foundation, GIZ, NIH, The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative , and the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. He is a Fulbright Scholar and received his PhD from the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.