Rebecca Bates


   Rebecca A. Bates
  Chair, Integrated Engineering
  Professor, Computer Science
  Minnesota State University, Mankato





B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Boston University, College of Engineering, 1990

M.T.S. (Theological Studies), Harvard University, Harvard Divinity School, 1993

M.S. Electrical Engineering, Boston University, College of Engineering, 1996

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, College of Engineering, 2004

Fulbright Scholar, University of Sao Paulo, 2009-10

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, National Science Foundation, 2011-12

 Research and Funded Projects

The Speech Recognition Virtual Kitchen (NSF CNS-1305215)
Engineering Education Research Networkshop (NSF EEC-1314868)
Connection, Community, and Engagement in STEM Education (NSF DRL-0910143)
Collaborative Research: Professional Development Gateways in Social Learning Settings (NSF DUE-0816642)
The MAX Scholarship Program (NSF DUE-0631111 and DUE-1060659)
The High Performance Computer (NSF 0619641)


Fall 2013: CS 201W, CS 293/493, ENGR 492

Summer 2013: CS 201W

Spring 2013: CS 230, CS 293/493

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Undergraduate and Graduate Research Opportunities

Potential Projects:

Contact me if you are interested in exploring areas of speech and language or other pattern recognition tasks.   It is strongly advised that you have taken or plan to take probability and statistics to work in this area.  Experience with linux or unix operating systems is also a plus.


My main area of interest is statistical modeling and pattern recognition with applications for speech recognition with a focus on pronunciation modeling.  I am also interested in problems of language understanding and computational linguistics.  In addition, I study student learning styles and education methods, especially active learning.  More information about my work and associated work can be found at the University of Washington SSLI Lab and via my list of publications.

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Contact Information

Computer Science Department

Integrated Engineering Department

Minnesota State University, Mankato

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