ETSIT-EN  ¦ School  ¦ About ETSIT  ¦ Honoris Causa  ¦  JAMES L. FLANAGAN

James L. Flanagan, graduated in Electrical Engineering at the University of Mississippi, and received degrees of Master and Doctor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He made his career mainly at Bell Laboratories of AT&T, where he became a researcher in 1957, occupying the direction and management of communications research in these laboratories. In 1990 he began his teaching career, working as a professor and researcher at Rutgers University in New Jersey State. At the time of his investiture as Doctor Honoris Causa by the U.P.M., he was Professor and Director of the Center of Computer Support for Industrial Productivity at the university. The research activity of James L. Flanagan has been developed in the field of science and technology communication through speech. In this field, he has made pioneering contributions to help understand how the human voice is generated, if there was and the perception of sounds by ear, and they have been helpful to develop more efficient methods in telecommunications. Professor Flanagan pioneered the techniques we know as a general speech synthesis, speech recognition, and communication spoken with computers and instruments, laid the foundations to dialogue with equipment, computers and systems that serve man, developing methods and achievements for which electronic systems hear and speak. It is also important his contribution in areas related to electro acoustic, the manager microphones, and treatment techniques of spoken signals. He is the author of numerous publications, more than 150, and his books are reference for the scientific and academic community. His work “Análisis, Síntesis y percepción del habla”, who knows several editions, is a classic reference text, research and consultation. James L. Flanagan is a member of the Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Engineering of the United States. His scientific and technical merits have made him received the highest awards of professional and industrial associations in their field. He received the gold medal of the Acoustical Society of the United States; Edison and the Centennial medals of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; Ericsson Telecommunications International Award; and the Marconi International Prize Foundation. Professor James L. Flanagan was awarded honorary doctorates by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, on a proposal from the E.T.S. de Ingenieros de Telecomunicación, on 1 October 1992. He acted as Godfather D. Elias Muñoz Merino.