Mari Ostendorf

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Mari Ostendorf
Residence Seattle, WA
Nationality American
Alma mater Stanford University (B.S., 1980; M.S., 1981; Ph.D., 1985;) [1]
Awards IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award (2018)
Scientific career
Fields Electrical Engineering
Institutions University of Washington (1999 - present)
Boston University (1987 - 1999)
BBN Technologies (1985 - 1987)
Doctoral advisor Robert Gray

Mari Ostendorf is a professor of electrical engineering in the area of speech and language technology.

She received her doctorate degree from Stanford University in 1984 under Robert Gray and afterwords worked at BBN and as a professor at Boston University before coming to University of Washington in 1999.[2]

Ostendorf was instrumental in designing the ToBI standard for transcribing and annotating the prosody of speech in the period between 1991 and 1994.[3]

She was the lead faculty advisor for the student team that won the 2017 Amazon Alexa Prize for the design of a conversational AI on the Alexa platform.[4]


In 2005, Ostendorf was named Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and, in 2008, she was named a Fellow of the International Speech Communication Association for her contributions to the study of prosody and rich transcription.[5]

Ostendorf is the recipient of the 2018 IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award.[6]


  1. ^ Bio of Mari Ostendorf
  2. ^ "White House names Stanford's Robert Gray among nation's top engineering mentors". 18 March 2003. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  3. ^ Beckman; Hirschberg; Shattuck-Hufnagel (2003). Prosodic Models and Transcription: Towards Prosodic Typology.
  4. ^ "UW Team wins international Amazon Alexa Prize for the design of conversational AI". Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  5. ^ "ISCA Fellows 2008". ISCA. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
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