Steve Renals is professor of Speech Technology and director of the Institute for Language, Cognition, and Communication in the School of Informatics, at the University of Edinburgh. Previously, he was director of the Centre for Speech Technology Research (CSTR).

He received a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield in 1986, an MSc in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh in 1987, and a PhD in Speech Recognition and Neural Networks, also from Edinburgh, in 1990. From 1991-92 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), Berkeley, and was then an EPSRC postdoctoral fellow in Information Engineering at the University of Cambridge (1992-94). From 1994-2003 he was lecturer, then reader, in Computer Science at the University of Sheffield, moving to Edinburgh in 2003.

He has over 200 publications in speech and language processing, and has led several large projects in the field, including EPSRC Programme Grant Natural Speech Technology and the AMI and AMIDA Integrated Projects. He is a senior area editor of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing and a member of the ISCA Advisory Council. He is a fellow of the IEEE, and a member of ISCA and of the ACM.