Dr Peter Bell

I am a Reader in speech technology at the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, and a member of the Centre for Speech Technology Research (CSTR). My primary area of work is in automatic speech recognition (ASR). Please see the CSTR pages for my contact details and publications. My (possibly out-dated) curriculum vitae is also available.


My primary research focus is in acoustic modelling for ASR.

I am particularly interested in:

See my research page for more detail.


I am teaching Automatic Speech Recognition in 2019-20.

I am involved in supervising the following PhD students:

Commercial activities

I am a firm believer in the commercial value of speech technology, and passionate about bringing cutting-edge advances in the research sphere to commercial benefit as rapidly as possible. Notably in this area I have worked as a consultant for France Telecom advising on the adoption of new technologies in speech recognition and synthesis, work which lead to a Knowlege Transfer Partnership funded by the UK government's Technology Strategy Board.

I am a consultant for Quorate Technology Ltd (a spin-out from the University of Edinburgh) where I previously held a part-time role as Senior Speech Recognition Scientist. I regularly provide consultancy services to other companies requiring speech technology expertise.


I am a keen hillwalker, and especially enjoy walking in the Scottish Highlands. I previously enjoyed climbing new Munros with the Edinburgh University Hillwalking Club. I've climbed them all now, so am (much more slowly) working my way through the list of Corbetts, hills in the range 2,500-3,000ft.