Dilek Hakkani-Tür is a principal scientist at Microsoft Speech Labs. Prior to joining Microsoft, she was a senior researcher at ICSI speech group (2006-2010) and she was a senior technical staff member in the Voice Enabled Services Research Department at AT&T Labs-Research in Florham Park, NJ (2001-2005). She received her BSc degree from Middle East Technical University, in 1994, and MSc and PhD degrees from Bilkent University, Department of Computer Engineering, in 1996 and 2000, respectively. Her PhD thesis is on statistical language modeling for agglutinative languages. She worked on machine translation during her visit to Carnegie Mellon University, Language Technologies Institute in 1997, and her visit to Johns Hopkins University, Computer Science Department, in 1998. In 1998 and 1999, she visited SRI International, Speech Technology and Research Labs, and worked on using lexical and prosodic information for information extraction from speech. In 2000, she worked in Natural Sciences and Engineering Faculty of Sabanci University, Turkey.
Her research interests include natural language and speech processing, spoken dialog systems, and active and unsupervised learning for language processing. She has 10 patents and co-authored more than 100 papers in natural language and speech processing. She is the receipent of three best paper awards for her work on active learning, from IEEE Signal Processing Society (with Giuseppe Riccardi), ISCA (with Gokhan Tur and Robert Schapire) and EURASIP (with Gokhan Tur and Robert Schapire). She is a member of ISCA, IEEE, Association for Computational Linguistics. She was an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing between 2005-2008 and is an elected member of the IEEE Speech and Language Technical Committee (2009-2012) and a member of the HLT advisory board.