Branislav Popović Ph.D.

Senior researcher, consultant, programming developer and lecturer, engaged in multiple commercial and scientific research projects (H2020, ERASMUS+, EUREKA, SNFS, SDC, etc.) focused on cutting-edge speech technologies, speech and image processing, human-computer interaction, deep learning algorithms and artificial intelligence. Cooperated with a number of national and foreign experts in the specified fields working as leading researcher and developer. As a chief programmer and research consultant, contributed to the development of the first high-quality speech synthesizer for Hebrew. As a researcher, programming developer and a consultant, engaged in the development of ASR systems for Serbian and kindred South Slavic languages and a voice assistant mobile application for the Serbian language. The latter earned him and his research team the prize at the competition for the most innovative product or service by the Union of Engineers and Technicians of Serbia, which took place at the 150th anniversary of this institution. Managed a number of project activities at technical development projects. Part-time engaged as an associate professor and a vice-dean for artistic and scientific-research work at the Academy of Arts in Belgrade. Founder and owner of the Computer Programming Agency Code85.

Interested in continuous speech recognition and synthesis, image recognition and retrieval, speaker identification, speech segmentation, emotion recognition and other human-computer interaction systems. Experienced in various IDEs, programming languages and software tools. Published numerous scientific papers in journals and conference proceedings, internationally applied technical solutions and patents. Acted as reviewer for a number of international scientific journals and a dozen conferences. Member of scientific committees at several national and international conferences. Obtained his Ph.D. degree as the youngest doctor of technical sciences at the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad. Possesses outstanding social skills and organizational abilities, and a strong propensity for design. Regular member of the Centre of Excellence CEVAS, group for Acoustics and Speech Technology. Member of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, IEEE Computer Society and the Serbian AI Society. Follows the work of the Serbian section of the Audio Engineering Society.

Specialities
Human-computer interaction, speech recognition, speech synthesis, speech segmentation, speaker identification, emotion recognition, image processing, pattern recognition, clustering algorithms, numerical simulations, statistical analysis, applied mathematics, artificial intelligence.
Experience
Senior Research Associate / Regular Member of CEVAS
University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences (Novi Sad, Serbia)
May 2012 - Present

Project "MARVEL: Multimodal Extreme Scale Data Analytics for Smart Cities Environments", Grant agreement ID 957337, H2020-EU.2.1.1. (January 2021 - December 2023)
Project "S-ADAPT: Speaker/Style Adaptation for Digital Voice Assistants Based on Image Processing Methods", Grant No. 6524560, Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia (September 2020 - Present)
- Head of the ASR team
Project "Innovative Scientific and Artistic Research from the Faculty of Technical Sciences Activity Domain", MESTD No. 451-03-68/2020-14/200156 (January 2020 - Present)
Project "SENVIBE: Strengthening Educational Capacities by Building Competences and Cooperation in the Field of Noise and Vibration Engineering", no. 598241-EPP-1-2018-1-RS-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP (November 2018 - Present)
- Key staff member
Project "Development of Dialogue Systems for Serbian and Other South Slavic Languages", id TR32035 (January 2011 - December 2019)
- Leader of several project activities (LVCSR, VAD)
Project "DANSPLAT: A Platform for the Applications of Speech Technologies on Smartphones for the Languages of the Danube Region", id Е! 9944 (January 2016 - January 2019)
- Senior researcher
Project "SP2: SCOPES Project on Speech Prosody", SNSF no. IZ73Z0_152495 (April 2014 - March 2016)
Project "S-VERIFY: Advanced Speaker Verification", id Е! 8719 (January 2014 - September 2016)
Project "Central Audio-Library of the University of Novi Sad (CABUNS)", PSNTR No. 114-451-2570/2016-02 (May 2016 - March 2020)
Project "Audio Library for the Disabled (ABOSI)", PSNTR No. 114-451-2210/2011-04 (May 2015 - December 2015)

Description
Continuous speech recognition and synthesis, speaker identification and adaptation, speech segmentation, emotion recognition, pattern recognition, image retrieval, machine learning, applied mathematics, human-computer interaction, deep learning algorithms, artificial intelligence. Project management (implementation, structure, organization, budget). Leader of several project activities (TR32035), head of the ASR team (S-ADAPT). Occasionally engaged in teaching (Human-Machine Speech Communication, Selected Chapters in Acoustics and Audio Engineering, Acoustics and Audio Engineering, Acoustics and Audio Engineering in Multimedia, Digital Audio Signal Processing, Optical Telecommunications).

Regular member of the Centre for Vibro-Acoustic Systems and Signal Processing (CEVAS), group for Acoustics and Speech Technology, accredited as the Centre of Excellence by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia on 18 May 2015 and again on 26 February 2020 (October 2014 - Present). Member of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and IEEE Computer Society (December 2015 - Present).

Date of appointment: Research Assistant (April 25, 2012), Research Associate (March 26, 2015), Senior Research Associate (February 24, 2020)

Vice-Dean for Artistic and Scientific-Research Work / Associate Professor
Alfa BK University, Academy of Arts (Belgrade, Serbia)
February 2015 - Present

Description
Providing appropriate conditions for artistic and scientific research activities, monitoring and analysis of results. Preparing curricula and reports, harmonizing contents and results with the adopted strategic plans, national and EU standards of higher education and their inclusion in the teaching process, corrective measures and publishing activities. Audio Engineering, Physical and Physiological Acoustics, Electroacoustics, Applied Acoustics, Spatial Acoustics with Sound Reinforcement, engaged in lecturing.

Date of appointment: Assistant Professor (Acoustics and Sound Reinforcement, March 20, 2015), Associate Professor (Electrical Engineering, February 27, 2018), Vice-Dean for Artistic and Scientific-Research Work (April 15, 2019)

Founder & Owner / Senior Software Developer and Consultant
Computer Programming Agency Code85 (Odžaci, Serbia)
December 2017 - Present

Project "Digital Audio Signals Processing", AlfaNum - Speech Technologies Ltd (December 2017 - Present)
Project "Automatic Speech Recognition System for Dictating Medical Findings", Pension and Disability Insurance Fund of the Republic of Serbia, Contract no. 404.3-399/19 (August 2019 - May 2020)
- Authorized representative

Products and services
Voice Assistant Application for the Serbian Language, developed by Alfanum - Speech Technologies Ltd (Novi Sad, Serbia)
Automatic Speech Recognition System for Dictating Medical Findings, developed by Alfanum - Speech Technologies Ltd (Novi Sad, Serbia) for the Pension and Disability Insurance Fund of the Republic of Serbia (client)
"100 reasons for 1 click", ASR server for IVR, developed by Alfanum - Speech Technologies Ltd (Novi Sad, Serbia) in cooperation with partners for the Government of the Republic of Serbia (client)

Description
Computer programming and consulting services, application design (GUI and architecture) and development.
Signal processing, classification and recognition, data analyses, deep learning, artificial intelligence.

Associate Professor
Alfa BK University, Faculty of Information Technology & Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science (Belgrade, Serbia)
October 2019 - September 2020
(contract)

Description
Artifitial Intelligence (1), Multimedia (Information) Systems, engaged in lecturing.

Research and Development Consultant
AlfaNum - Speech Technologies Ltd (Novi Sad, Serbia)
May 2012 - December 2017

Description
Continuous speech recognition and synthesis, speaker identification, human-computer interaction, speech segmentation (for Speech Morphing, Inc.). Coaching, organization and supervision of ASR team members. Software development and design for Windows / Linux / Android.

Teaching Associate
Technical Vocational College (Novi Sad, Serbia)
February 2013 - September 2013
(contract)

Description
Audio Engineering, engaged in teaching and laboratory practice.

Chief Programmer / Research Consultant (TTS for Hebrew)
Aharon Speech Technologies (Herzliya, Israel)
October 2011 - September 2012

Description
Phrase analysis and evaluation, input reception, lexicon retrieval, preprocessing, part-of-speech tagging, reading selection, phonetic reconstruction, data encryption, code optimization, end-user applications (Aharon TTS). In cooperation with the Faculty of Technical Sciences, Novi Sad and AlfaNum - Speech Technologies Ltd, as part of project TR32035.

Ph.D. Student - Researcher of the Ministry of Education and Science (Technological Development)
University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences (Novi Sad, Serbia)
October 2009 - April 2012

Project "Development of Dialogue Systems for Serbian and Other South Slavic Languages", id TR32035 (January 2011 - December 2019)
Project "Human-Machine Speech Communication", id TR11001 (October 2009 - December 2010)

Description
Research and development, clustering algorithms, digital signal processing, advanced statistic, emotion recognition, speech and image processing, speech recognition (ASR) and speech synthesis (TTS) for Serbian and Hebrew. Engaged in the training of young researchers. Periodically engaged as а teaching assistant up to eight hours per week (Automatic Speech Recognition and Synthesis, Design of Spatial Forms).

Internship at Vip mobile (Belgrade, Serbia)
July 2009 - August 2009

Core Network and Services, Network Operations

Description
GSM, UMTS, WCDMA, SMS, MMS, SS7 Protocol, Wireless network architecture, roaming, call tracking, base station repairs and integration, creating reports, on-site training.

Internship at MicronasNIT (Novi Sad, Serbia)
August 2008 - August 2009

Computer engineering department (RT-RK)

Description
Measurement of harmonics at low SNR, SAADK converters, DSP.

Branislav Popović