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PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

I am a data scientist with wide expertise in data processing and experience in creating online applications using R-based Shiny platform. My work has mainly focused on speech data, both written and spoken and capable of harvesting from online resources, including social media platforms. I make strong use of programming languages, mainly R, to create effective and accurate processes for data extraction, analysis and visualisation.

EDUCATION

BA Honours in Modern Languages

CUM LAUDE distinction

Degree obtained with two majors:

1. Linguistic and Literary Research

2. Translation

Thesis Title: "A Linguistic-Musical Approach to the Analysis of 'The Rhyme of the Ancyent Marinere' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge"

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

PROGRAMMING

R, Shiny (java web-based apps), Praat, Python and MatLab, in order of proficiency

CORPORA & DATA SETS

Creation and maintenance of large corpora and data sets

DATA MODELLING

Acoustic and statistical modelling of speech data, dynamic vowel modelling

FORCED-ALIGNMENT

Automatic alignment of audio and transcription files; Implementation, testing, and enhancing of forced-alignment at the word and phonemic level

ACOUSTIC PHONETICS

Signal processing, visualization and analysis of speech data, waveform and spectrogram analysis, acoustic-articulatory correlates

SOCIO-PHONETICS

Data collection, data annotation, data analysis, phonetic variation, speaker variability, intra-speaker variation

LABORATORY PHONOLOGY

Tongue ultrasound analysis, articulatory phonology, English coronal obstruents

WEB-APPS DEVELOPED

Vowel Map

2018Present

Visualisation of acoustic data using networks

WORK EXPERIENCE

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Australian National University, working for The Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL).

Actively involved in the Sydney Speaks Project working on the sociophonetic study of Australian English as spoken in Sydney across a hundred years.

  • Collecting speech data from audio files
  • Extracting acoustic features for linguistic analysis
  • Modelling acoustic data
  • Managing large corpora for analysis

Part of the Transcription Acceleration Project which uses Speech Recognition (ASR) techniques to accelerate the transcription of linguistic corpora.

  • Force-aligning data for major and minority languages
  • Building acoustic models from audio and transcription files
  • Testing forced-alignment performance from major aligners used in linguistics
  • Improving the implementation of forced-alignment in under-resourced languages

Research Assistant

Actively involved in the socio-phonetic study of West Australian English and project output (papers, conferences, seminars). Successfully built scripts (Praat and RStudio) providing solutions to a variety of projects' research needs. Created complex analysis development for a broad range of functions including acoustic and statistical modelling.

  • Built solid methods for delivering high-quality, cost-efficient programming solutions and tools for acoustic analysis.
  • Positively contributed to the populating, development and maintenance of big data sets.
  • Contributed to the creation and management of online applications for data analysis and presentation.

Research Assistant

  • Performed duties as a Research Assistant in the ARC-funded project Analysis tools for large speech corpora
  • Developed computational analysis tools to assist research on large speech corpora.
  • Wrote R algorithms and packages to facilitate annotation, analysis, and output of conversational natural speech.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Sessional Lecturer

  • Performed duties as a Lecturer in the Sounds of the World's languages (Phonetics and Phonology) Course offered to Linguistics undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • Prepared and delivered weekly lectures and lessons for students.
  • Carried out exam and assignment marking.

Sessional Academic

  • Performed duties as a Tutor in the Introduction to the Study of Language II Course offered to Linguistics undergraduate students.
  • Delivered weekly tutorials and lessons for students.
  • Carried out exam and assignment marking.

Casual Academic

  • Performed duties as a Tutor in the courses Introduction to Phonology and Morphology, Foundations of Language, Introduction to Linguistics I, and Introduction to Linguistics II offered to undergraduate students.
  • Preparation of tutorials or other academic activity.
  • Presentation of lectures, tutorials or other academic activity.
  • Marking arising from the lecture, tutorial or other academic activity.

Instructor

  • Performed duties as an Instructor in the courses English Grammar, Spanish Grammar and  Spanish Literature offered to Education undergraduate students.
  • Delivered weekly lectures and tutorials for students.
  • Managed exam and assignment marking.

PUBLICATIONS

Oliver Niebuhr, Simon Gonzalez

2019

Do Sound Segments Contribute to Sounding Charismatic? Evidence from a Case Study of Steve Jobs’ and Mark Zuckerberg’s Vowel Spaces

International Journal of Acoustics and Variation, Vol. 24, No. 2, 2019

Gerard Docherty, Simon Gonzalez, Nathaniel Mitchell & Paul Foulkes

2019

An acoustic analysis of short front vowel realizations in the conversational style of young English speakers from Western Australia

ICPhS 2019, Melbourne, Australia.

James Grama, Catherine Travis & Simon Gonzalez

2019

Initiation, progression, and conditioning of the short-front vowel shift in Australia

ICPhS 2019, Melbourne, Australia.

Chloè Diskin, Debbie Loakes, Rosey Billington, Hywel Stoakes, Simon Gonzalez & Sam Kirkham

2019

The /el/-/ael/ merger in Australian English: Acoustic and articulatory insights

ICPhS 2019, Melbourne, Australia.

Gonzalez, S., Travis, C., Grama, J., Barth, D. & Ananthanarayan, S.

2018

Recursive forced alignment: A test on a minority language

Speech Science and Technology, Sydney, Australia, pp. 145-148

Gonzalez, S.

2018

Acoustic Characteristics of Pre-Aspiration in Australian English

Speech Science and Technology, Sydney, Australia, pp. 85-88

Docherty, G., Foulkes, P., Gonzalez, S., & Mitchell, N.

2018

Missed Connections at the Junction of Sociolinguistics and Speech Processing

Topics in Cognitive Science, 1–16.

Docherty, G., Gonzalez, S., & Mitchell, N.

2015

Static vs Dynamic Perspectives on the Realization of Vowel Nucleii in West Australian English

ICPhS 2015, Glasgow, Scotland.

REFEREED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Elena Sheard, Catherine Travis, James Grama & Simon Gonzalez

July2019

Using ethnic orientation to circumscribe the Chinese-Australian speech community in Sydney

Chloé Diskin, Deborah Loakes, Rosey Billington, Simon Gonzalez & Ben Volchok

July2019

Sociophonetic variability in the /el/-/æl/ merger in Melbourne English: Comparing wordlist and sociolinguistic interviews

Forum on Englishes in Australia, Melbourne, 2019

James Grama, Catherine Travis & Simon Gonzalez

July2019

The role of ethnolectal variation in language change: A real-time study of vowels in Sydney English

International Conference on Historical Linguistics

Catherine Travis, James Grama & Simon Gonzalez

June2019

The role of ethnolects in variation and change: Vowels in Sydney English

International Conference on Language Variation in Europe

Catherine Travis, James Grama & Simon Gonzalez

December2018

Ethnolectal variation ov(er) time

Australian Linguistic Society Conference, Adelaide 

Simon Gonzalez, Catherine Travis, James Grama, Danielle Barth, Sunkulp Ananthanarayan

October2018

Opening the door for forced-alignment to minority languages

New Ways of Analyzing Variation 47 (NWAV47), New York

Simon Gonzalez & Gerry Docherty

July2018

Enough is enough: measuring the stabilisation point of uncorrected forced-aligned data in sociolinguistic corpora

SocioPhoAus Workshop 2Brisbane 

James Grama, Simon Gonzalez & Catherine Travis

July2018

Insights from spontaneous speech for the characterisation of vocalic change over time in Sydney

SocioPhoAus Workshop 2Brisbane 

Gerry Docherty, Simon Gonzalez, Nathaniel Mitchell & Paul Foulkes

July2018

Social and contextual influences on variability in the realisation of vowels in conversations between young people from

SocioPhoAus Workshop 2Brisbane 

James Grama, Simon Gonzalez & Catherine Travis

June2018

Ethnolectal variation in word-final (er) in Australian English: Minority communities as leaders in language change

Sociolinguistics Symposium 22, Auckland 

Simon Gonzalez, James Grama &Catherine Travis

February2018

Comparing forced aligners for sociolinguistics

NWAV-AP, Brisbane 

Catherine Travis, Simon Gonzalez & James Grama

December2017

General Extenders over time in Sydney English: From or something to and stuff

Australian Linguistic Society Conference, Sydney

James Grama, Catherine Travis & Simon Gonzalez

November2017

Class, gender and ethnicity in Sydney: Revisiting social conditioning in 1970s Australia

New Ways of Analyzing Variation 46 (NWAV47), Madison 

Gerard Docherty, Simon Gonzalez, Nathaniel Mitchell & Paul Foulkes

July2016

A dynamic perspective on sociophonetic variability in the realisation of vowels in Australian English

Laboratory Phonology 15 Satellite Workshop, Ithaca, NY

Gerard Docherty, Simon Gonzalez, Nathaniel Mitchell & Paul Foulkes

June2016

A study of the realisation of word-medial and word-final pre-pausal (t) in the conversational speech of young people from Perth

SocioPhoAus Workshop 1, Brisbane

Gerard Docherty, Simon Gonzalez, Nathaniel Mitchell & Paul Foulkes

June2016

Variability in the realisation of vowels in the conversational speech of young people from Perth

SocioPhoAus Workshop 1, Brisbane

Gerry Docherty, Simon Gonzalez & Nathaniel Mitchell

December2015

The realisation of vowels in conversations by speakers of West AusE

Australian Linguistic Society Conference, Parramatta

Simon Gonzalez, Gerry Docherty & Nathaniel Mitchell

October2015

Social and phonological dimensions of /l/ vocalisation in West Australian English

New Ways of Analyzing Variation 44 (NWAV44), Toronto

Gerry Docherty, Simon Gonzalez & Nathaniel Mitchell

August2015

Static vs dynamic perspectives on the realisation of vowel nuclei in West Australian English

18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow

Gerry Docherty, Simon Gonzalez & Nathaniel Mitchell

December2014

Variability in the realisation of vowels in West Australian English

Australian Linguistic Society Conference, Newcastle

Simon Gonzalez, Mark Harvey, Katherine Demuth & Susan Lin

October2013

Articulatory variation in English coronal obstruents: An ultrasound study

Australian Linguistic Society Conference, Melbourne

Simon Gonzalez

December2011

Consonantal Space-Compensation Processes: an approach to understanding phonemic adjustments in world sound systems

Australian Linguistic Society Conference, Canberra

CONFERENCE POSTERS

Simon Gonzalez, James Grama, Catherine Travis & Saliha Muradoglu

February2019

Enhancing forced-alignment in minority languages

CoEDL Fest 2019, Western Sydney University, Australia

James Grama, Catherine Travis & Simon Gonzalez

February2019

Initiation, progression and conditioning: Short front vowels in Australian English

CoEDL Fest 2019, Western Sydney University, Australia

James Grama, Simon Gonzalez & Catherine Travis

December2018

Phonological conditioning in rotation of short-front vowels in Australian English

Seventeenth Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, Sydney

Simon Gonzalez, James Grama & Catherine Travis

February2018

Comparing the accuracy of forced-aligners for sociolinguistic research

CoEDL Fest 2018, University of Melbourne, Australia

Simon Gonzalez, James Grama & Catherine Travis

February2018

CoEDL Vowel Mates!: Integrating phonetic measurements and network analysis in vowel visualizations.

CoEDL Fest 2018, University of Melbourne, Australia

Sasha Wilmoth & Simon Gonzalez

February2018

Glossing a CHAT corpus: a ‘Shiny’ new interactive tool

CoEDL Fest 2018, University of Melbourne, Australia

Simon Gonzalez, James Grama & Catherine Travis

February2017

Hypothesis testing automation in the sociophonetic analysis of vowel variation

CoEDL Fest 2017, University of Queensland, Australia

Gerard Docherty, Simon Gonzalez, Nathaniel Mitchell & Paul Foulkes

December2016

Sociophonetic variability in the realization of /t/ in West Australian English

Australasian International Speech Science and Technology Conference, Sydney

Simon Gonzalez, Mark Harvey & Michael Proctor

July2014

Posterior cavity and aperture distance oppositions in English coronal fricatives

14th Laboratory Phonology Conference, Tokyo

Simon Gonzalez, Mark Harvey, Katherine Demuth & Susan Lin

November2013

Segment Constants and Speaker Constants in English Coronal Obstruents

Ultrafest VI, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Simon Gonzalez, Mark Harvey & Katherine Demuth

December2012

The duration of English coronal obstruent segment types

14th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, Sydney

SEMINAR PRESENTATIONS

James Grama & Simon Gonzalez

September2018

Expanding the study of linguistic variation through forced alignment

Linguistics Seminar, Macquarie University, Australia

James Grama, Simon Gonzalez & Catherine Travis

September2018

Expanding the study of linguistic variation through forced-alignment for major and minority languages

Linguistics Seminar, The Australian National University, Australia

Travis, Catherine, Grama, James, González, Simón, Johnstone, Cale

September2017

Language, variation, change, ‘n that: General Extenders in Sydney English

MARCS Speech and Language Seminar, University of Western Sydney, Australia

Simon Gonzalez

March2016

Methods on dynamic analysis of vowel realisations

Linguistics Seminar, University of Melbourne, Australia

Simon Gonzalez

March2016

Socio-phonetic methods for analysing vowel realisations: challenges and advantages of current approaches

Linguistics Seminar, University of Newcastle, Australia

Simon Gonzalez

October2015

Taming the Tongue: when phonological theory meets articulatory evidence

Research Seminar Series, Griffith University, Australia

Simon Gonzalez

December2013

Articulatory variation in English coronal obstruents: An ultrasound study

Speech Pathology Research Symposium, University of Newcastle, Australia

Simon Gonzalez

September2013

Articulatory variation in English coronal obstruents: An ultrasound study

Linguistics Seminar, University of Newcastle, Australia

WORKSHOPS

Simon Gonzalez & James Grama

September2018

Keeping up to date with forced-alignment: the Montreal Forced-Aligner

Forced-alignment Workshop, Macquarie University, Australia

Chloé Diskin, Debbie Loakes, Rosey Billington, Simon Gonzalez & Sam Kirkham

May2018

Ultrasound tongue imaging in production and perception: implications for second language and second dialect acquisition

Ultrasound Workshop, The University of Melbourne

Simon Gonzalez

May2007

Teaching Literature, Essential for Foreign Language Teaching and Training

Human Sciences and their Impact on Social Transformation, The University of Los Andes, Merida, Venezuela

Programming and Statistics Courses Studied

Introduction to Software Engineering 1, School of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Newcastle, Australia

Statistics for the Sciences, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Newcastle, Australia

Introduction to Procedural Programming, School of Engineering, University of Newcastle, Australia

Introduction to Engineering Computations, School of Engineering, University of Newcastle, Australia

GRANTS

Lead Investigator

2019Present

An acoustic description of the vocalic space of Venezuelan Spanish

International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics

Lead Investigator

20182019

Forced-alignment protocols for minority languages ($AUD 19,850.00)

Transdisciplinary and Innovation Grant, CoEDL

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Languages

Spanish - Native
English – Fluent

YouTube Channel

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