He has published more than 400 academic papers on speech recognition, spoken language processing, and spoken dialogue systems. He has been conducting several projects including speech recognition software Julius, the automatic transcription system for the Japanese Parliament (Diet), and autonomous android ERICA.
Dr. Kawahara received the Commendation for Science and Technology by
the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
(MEXT) in 2012.
From 2003 to 2006, he was a member of IEEE SPS Speech Technical Committee. He was a General Chair of IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding workshop (ASRU 2007). He also served as a Tutorial Chair of INTERSPEECH 2010 and a Local Arrangement Chair of ICASSP 2012.
He was an editorial board member of Elsevier Journal of Computer Speech and Language and IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing. He is the Editor-in-Chief of APSIPA Transactions on Signal and Information Processing.
Dr. Kawahara is a board member of APSIPA and ISCA, and a Fellow of IEEE.