Lawrence Rabiner

Distinguished Professor Emeritus


Phone:(848) 445-6246
Office:CoRE 728

Lawrence Rabiner is an Electrical Engineer who has worked in the fields of digital signal processing and speech processing for his entire career. Lawrence Rabiner’s specialty has been digital signal processing for automatic speech recognition and he has worked on and built a number of innovative systems for AT&T for speech recognition in the network.
Lawrence Rabiner is married (for more than 43 years) with three daughters. His wife Suzanne was a teacher in the Bayonne NJ school system. She retired in June 2002. His oldest daughter, Sheri Gordon, is a lawyer. His middle daughter, Wendi Heinzelman, is a professor of ECE and the Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Rochester, working in the field of wireless and sensor networks. His youngest daughter, Joni Rabiner, is a second year medical pediatric emergency room Fellow working at the Montifiore Hospital in the Bronx. He has five grandchildren, Tess, 9 years old, Nate, 8 years old, Max, 6 years old, Molly, 4 years old and Chloe, 3 years old.
Lawrence Rabiner has a joint academic appointment between Rutgers University (9 months each year) and the University of California at Santa Barbara where he teaches for 3 months each year.


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1967
M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1964
B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1964


  • Acoustical Society of America Fellow, 1970
  • Paper Award of IEEE Group on Audio and Electroacoustics, 1971
  • Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Award - Honorable Mention, 1972
  • ASA Biennial Award, 1974
  • IEEE Fellow, 1976
  • IEEE ASSP Achievement Award, 1978
  • IEEE Piore Award, 1980
  • IEEE ASSP Society Award, 1980
  • Election to National Academy of Engineering, 1983
  • IEEE Centennial Award, 1984
  • AT&T Bell Laboratories Fellow, 1989
  • Election to National Academy of Sciences, 1990
  • Speech Processing Magazine Award of the IEEE, 1994
  • AT&T Patent Award, 1995
  • AT&T Fellow Award, 1996
  • IEEE Millennium Medal, 1999
  • IEEE Kilby Medal, 1999

Research Interests

  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Speech Recognition
  • Speech Analysis
  • Speaker Recognition
  • Multimedia

Selected Publications

  1. Theory and Applications of Digital Speech Processing, Lawrence R. Rabiner and Ronald W. Schafer, Prentice-Hall Inc., 2011.
  2. Parallel and Hierarchical Speech Feature Classification Using frame and Segment-Based Methods, J. Hou, L. Rabiner and S. Dusan, Interspeech/ICSLP 2008 Brisbane, Australia, 2008.
  3. Introduction to Digital Speech Processing, L. R. Rabiner and R. W. Schafer, Foundation and Trends in Signal Processing, Vol. 1, No 1-2, NOW Publishers, Boston, pp. 1-200, 2007.
  4. Historical Perspective of the Field of ASR/NLU, L. Rabiner and B-H Juang, Springer Handbook of Speech Processing, J. Benesty, M. Sondhi and Y. Huang, Editors, Springer Press, pp. 521-537, 2007.
  5. On the Use of Time-Delay Neural Networks for Highly Accurate Classification of Stop Consonants, Interspeech/ICSLP 2007, Antwerp, Belgium, pp. 1929-1932, 2007.
  6. Overview on Automatic Speech Attribute Transcription (ASAT), C. H. Lee et al, Interspeech/ICSLP 2007, Antwerp, Belgium, pp. 1825-1828, 2007.

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