Chilin Shih



  • 1534 Beckman Institute
  • 405 North Mathews Avenue
  • Urbana, Illinois 61801


Chilin Shih received her Ph. D. from the University of California, San Diego in Linguistics. She is an assistant professor in the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Department of Linguistics, and a part-time member of the Beckman Institute in the Cognitive Science group. Her field of research interests are in linguistics, speech technologies, prosody modeling and prosody perception.


NSF research grant (2004-2007); Arnold O. Beckman Research Award (2004); Henry Rutgers Fellowship (1989); NSF research grant (1991-1992).


Prosody conveys meaning beyond words. A human speaker control prosody by changing duration, f0, intensity, among other acoustic attributes. Shih's work focus on prosody representation and modeling. The goal is to generate prosody using representations and parameters that match human perception and production of prosody, and to generate a full range of natural prosodic variations that are suitable for speech technologies such as text-to-speech systems and automatic speech recognition systems.

Shih has completed an articulatory-based prosody modeling platform Soft Template Markup Language, which functions as both a prosody generation system and a data-driven machine learning system. The model has been applied successfully to capture stylistic variations in natural speech and in singing.

Shih's current research projects include the prosody of disfluency, focus realization, and cross-linguistic prosodic perception, representation and modeling.


  • 2016
    • Chang, C. C.; Chen, T. L.; Chiu, H. E.; Hue, C. J.; Yeh, C. C.; Tsai, C. C.; Lane, H. L.; Sun, M. F.; Sung, F. C.; Liao, C. C.; Lin, J. G.; Shih, C. C., Outcomes after Stroke in Patients Receiving Adjuvant Therapy with Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Nationwide Matched Interventional Cohort Study. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 2016, 177, 46-52.
    • Chuang, S. F.; Liao, C. C.; Yeh, C. C.; Lin, J. G.; Lane, H. L.; Tsai, C. C.; Chen, T. L.; Chen, T. S.; Shih, C. C., Reduced Risk of Stroke in Patients with Cardiac Arrhythmia Receiving Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Nationwide Matched Retrospective Cohort Study. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 2016, 25, 34-38.
    • Klionsky, D. J.; Abdelmohsen, K.; Abe, A.; Abedin, M. J.; Abeliovich, H.; Arozena, A. A.; Adachi, H.; Adams, C. M.; Adams, P. D.; Adeli, K.; Adhihetty, P. J.; Adler, S. G.; Agam, G.; Agarwal, R.; Aghi, M. K.; Agnello, M.; Agostinis, P.; Aguilar, P. V.; Aguirre-Ghiso, J.; Airoldi, E. M.; Ait-Si-Ali, S.; Akematsu, T.; Akporiaye, E. T.; Al-Rubeai, M.; Albaiceta, G. M.; Albanese, C.; Albani, D.; Albert, M. L.; Aldudo, J.; Algul, H.; Alirezaei, M.; Alloza, I.; Almasan, A.; Almonte-Beceril, M.; Alnemri, E. S.; Alonso, C.; Altan-Bonnet, N.; Altieri, D. C.; Alvarez, S.; Alvarez-Erviti, L.; Alves, S.; Amadoro, G.; Amano, A.; Amantini, C.; Ambrosio, S.; Amelio, I.; Amer, A. O.; Amessou, M.; Amon, A.; An, Z. Y.; Anania, F. A.; Andersen, S. U.; Andley, U. P.; Andreadi, C. K.; Andrieu-Abadie, N.; Anel, A.; Ann, D. K.; Anoopkumar-Dukie, S.; Antonioli, M.; Aoki, H.; Apostolova, N.; Aquila, S.; Aquilano, K.; Araki, K.; Arama, E.; Aranda, A.; Araya, J.; Arcaro, A.; Arias, E.; Arimoto, H.; Ariosa, A. R.; Armstrong, J. L.; Arnould, T.; Arsov, I.; Asanuma, K.; Askanas, V.; Asselin, E.; Atarashi, R.; Atherton, S. S.; Atkin, J. D.; Attardi, L. D.; Auberger, P.; Auburger, G.; Aurelian, L.; Autelli, R.; Avagliano, L.; Avantaggiati, M. L.; Avrahami, L.; Awale, S.; Azad, N.; Bachetti, T.; Backer, J. M.; Bae, D. H.; Bae, J. S.; Bae, O. N.; Bae, S. H.; Baehrecke, E. H.; Baek, S. H.; Baghdiguian, S.; Bagniewska-Zadworna, A., Guidelines for the Use and Interpretation of Assays for Monitoring Autophagy (3rd Edition). Autophagy 2016, 12, (1), 1-222.
    • Lee, S. Y.; Chou, C. L.; Hsu, S. P. C.; Shih, C. C.; Yeh, C. C.; Hung, C. J.; Chen, T. L.; Liao, C. C., Outcomes after Stroke in Patients with Previous Pressure Ulcer: A Nationwide Matched Retrospective Cohort Study. Journal of Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases 2016, 25, (1), 220-227.
  • 2015
    • Chou, C. L.; Lee, W. R.; Yeh, C. C.; Shih, C. C.; Chen, T. L.; Liao, C. C., Adverse Outcomes after Major Surgery in Patients with Pressure Ulcer: A Nationwide Population-Based Retrospective Cohort Study. Plos One 2015, 10, (5).
    • Chuang, S. F.; Shih, C. C.; Yeh, C. C.; Lane, H. L.; Tsai, C. C.; Chen, T. L.; Lin, J. G.; Chen, T. S.; Liao, C. C., Decreased Risk of Acute Myocardial Infarction in Stroke Patients Receiving Acupuncture Treatment: A Nationwide Matched Retrospective Cohort Study. Bmc Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015, 15.
    • Knowles, R.; Chan, M.; Lundberg, M.; Kirkby, N.; Shih, C. C.; Armstrong, P.; Hayman, M.; Vojnovic, I.; Tucker, A.; Warner, T.; Timmis, A., Synergy between Endothelial Mediators and P2y12 Receptor Blockade as a Potential Determinant in Tailoring Anti-Platelet Therapy. Heart 2015, 101, A116-A117.
    • Liao, C. C.; Shih, C. C.; Yeh, C. C.; Chang, Y. C.; Hu, C. J.; Lin, J. G.; Chen, T. L., Impact of Diabetes on Stroke Risk and Outcomes Two Nationwide Retrospective Cohort Studies. Medicine 2015, 94, (52).
    • Shih, C. C.; Huang, L. H.; Lane, H. L.; Tsai, C. C.; Lin, J. G.; Chen, T. L.; Yeh, C. C.; Liao, C. C., Use of Folk Therapy in Taiwan: A Nationwide Cross-Sectional Survey of Prevalence and Associated Factors. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015.
  • 2011
    • Loukina, A.; Kochanski, G.; Rosner, B.; Keane, E.; Shih, C. L., Rhythm measures and dimensions of durational variation in speech. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 2011, 129, (5), 3258-3270.

    • Carignan, C.; Shosted, R.; Shih, C. L.; Rong, P. Y., Compensatory Articulation in American English Nasalized Vowels. Journal of Phonetics 2011, 39, (4), 668-682.

  • 2009
    • Wu, C.; Shih, C., Mandarin Vowels Revisited: Evidence from Electromagnetic Articulography Study, Proceedings of the 35th Berkeley Linguistics Society, 2009.

    • Liu, J. W. S.; Shih, C. S., Special Issue on Selected Papers in ICESA 2007 Foreword. Journal of Information Science and Engineering 2009, 25, (2).

  • 2008
    • Shih, C., Linking phonology and phonetics: An implementation model of tones. In Interfaces in Chinese Phonology, Hsiao, Y.; Hsu, H.; Wee, L.; Ho, D., Eds. Academic Sinica: Taipei, 2008; pp 99-120.

    • Huang, J.; Hasegawa-Johnson, M.; Shih, C., Unsupervised Prosodic Break Detection in Mandarin Speech, Speech Prosody, Brazil, 2008.

  • 2006
    • Gopalakrishnan, S.; Caccamo, M.; Shih, C. S.; Lee, C. G.; Sha, L., Finite-horizon scheduling of radar dwells with online template construction. Real-Time Systems 2006, 33, (1-3), 47-75.

    • Lee, C. G.; Kang, P. S.; Shih, C. S.; Sha, L., Schedulability envelope for real-time radar dwell scheduling. IEEE Transactions on Computers 2006, 55, (12), 1599-1613.

  • 2003
    • Shih, C. and Kochanski, G. (2003), "Modeling of vocal styles using portable features and placement rules," International Journal of Speech Technology, 6/4, pp. 393-408.

    • Kochanski, G. and Shih, C. (2003), "Prosody modeling with soft templates," Speech Communication, 39/3-4, pp. 311-352.

    • Kochanski, G., Shih C., and Jing, H. (2003), "Quantitative measurement of prosodic strength in Mandarin," Speech Communication, 41/4, pp. 625-645.

  • 2000
    • Shih, C. (2000),"A declination model of Mandarin Chinese," in A. Botinis, ed., Intonation: Analysis, Modelling and Technology, Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 243-268.

  • 1997
    • Shih, C. and Ao, B. (1997), "Duration study for the Bell Laboratories Mandarin text-to-speech system," in J. van Santen, eds., Progress in Speech Synthesis, New York, Springer-Verlag, pp. 382-399.

  • 1996
    • Shih, C. and Sproat, R. (1996), "Issues in text-to-speech conversion for Mandarin," Computational Linguistics and Chinese Language Processing, 1/1, pp. 37-86.


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