About Me

Zhizheng Wu is a research scientist at Meta. Prior to Meta, he led teams and performed research at JD.com, Apple, the University of Edinburgh, and Microsoft Research Asia. Zhizheng received his Ph.D. from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2015. Zhizheng is the creator of Merlin, an open-source speech synthesis toolkit. He initiated and co-organized the first speaker verification spoofing and countermeasures challenge as a special session at Interspeech 2015, the Voice Conversion Challenge 2016, and the Blizzard Challenge 2019. He also gave a tutorial on spoofing detection at APSIPA ASC 2015 and a tutorial on deep learning-based speech synthesis at Interspeech 2017. Zhizheng is a member of the IEEE Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee.

Professional Experiences

  • Meta Platform Inc (also known as Facebook Inc), Research scientist (Apr. 2019 - now)
  • Sanas.ai, Scientific Advisor, (Oct. 2020 - now)
  • JD.COM USA, Technical director (Feb. 2018 - Apr. 2019)
  • Apple Inc, Research scientist (May 2016 - Feb. 2018)
  • University of Edinburgh, Research fellow (Apr. 2014 - Apr. 2016)
  • University of Tampere, Finland, Visiting researcher (2012)
  • University of Eastern Finland, Visiting researcher (2012)
  • Nanyang Technological University, Research assistant (Aug. 2009 - Apr. 2014)
  • Microsoft Research Asia, Research intern (Nov. 2007 - Jul. 2009)

Selected Awards

  • Best Student Paper award (Recipient: Manu Airaksinen), INTERSPEECH 2016
  • Most Cited Article of Speech Communication 2016
  • Top Hottest Article of Speech Communication 2015
  • Best Paper award, APSIPA Annual Submit and Conference 2012

Selected Professional Services

  • IEEE Speech and Language Technical Committee member (2020 - 2023)
  • Sponsorship Chair, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing 2022
  • Sponsorship Chair, 13th International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing (ISCSLP 2022)
  • Tutorial Chair, 13th International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing (ISCSLP 2022)
  • Organizer, Blizzard challenge 2019
  • Organizer, Voice conversion challenge 2016
  • Organizer, ASVspoof challenge 2015
  • Member of Technical Program Committee: ICASSP, INTERSPEECH, ASRU, etc