10.III.1939 – 29.V.2012
On May 29, 2012 after a long illness died the eminent scientist and founder of the trend in pattern recognition theory Doctor, Professor Taras Klymovych Vintsiuk.
Taras Vintsiuk was born on March 10, 1939 in the village of Kulchyn, Volyn' oblast in the family repressed by Soviet regime. In the postwar years he lived in an orphanage and later joined to relates. In 1956 he graduated a school with a golden medal. In 1956-1961 he studied at the Kiev Polytechnic Institute, having graduated it with honors. His scientific labor way Taras began in 1962 as an engineer. And in 1988 he headed the Speech Science Department (1988) at the Hlushkov Institute of Cybernetics and the International Research and Training Center for Information Technologies and Systems (since 1997).
Widely applied generative model for pattern recognition was firstly formulated and proposed by Taras Vintsiuk in 1967. This approach, commonly known as Dynamic Time Warping (DTW), is used not only in the theory of speech and visual pattern recognition, but also in text processing and non-linear process modelling in radio-physics and biology. Similar model, known as Hidden Markov Model (HMM), was originated in 1973 and is the most cited in the world. Both models are most productive in systems of speech recognition and posess global leading positions.
Since late 1960s, the teams led by Taras Vintsiuk developed speech recognition systems having passed a long way from spoken dialogue systems based on the BESM to portable devices with voice control.
Scientific research of Taras Vintsiuk is reflected in more than 300 papers and two books, marked by higher rewards and diplomas of many exhibitions. In the group of authors he was awarded the State Prize of Ukraine in 1988 and 1997 in the field of science and technology. Taras Vintsiuk is creator of the Pattern Computer concept that formed the basis of the National Scientific and Technical Program (2000-2010).
Taras Vintsiuk was a member of many scientific societies, program committees and editorial boards of many conferences and publications. He founded and always headed the Ukrainian Association for Information Processing and Pattern Recognition (UAsIPPR). Since 1992, he organized 10 international conferences on signal processing and pattern recognition "UkrObraz" and published the conference Proceedings. Since 2004, Taras every year organized summer schools dedicated to speech science and technology.
Taras Vintsiuk opened a new era of speech patterns recognition, when we are to live with memory of the great Scientist, Volunteer, and Teacher and to carry on his inception.
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