Dr. Flanagan is Vice President for Research, Director of the Center for Advanced Information Processing (CAIP), and Board of Governors Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers University. Prior to his career at Rutgers, Dr. Flanagan spent a long career at Bell Laboratories as one of the world's pioneer's in speech processing. He holds a Doctor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science degree from MIT.
Flanagan's personal research has centered in voice communications, computer techniques and electroacoustic systems. He has contributed to signal coding algorithms now in wide use for telecommunications and voice-mail systems, and to currently-evolving techniques for automatic speech synthesis and recognition. He invented autodirective microphone arrays for teleconferencing, and pioneered the use of digital computers for acoustic signal processing.
Flanagan has received numerous scientific awards including the National Medal of Science, the L.M. Ericsson International Prize in Telecommunications, and the Edison Medal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, of the Acoustical Society of America, and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The IEEE Signal Processing Society recently established an IEEE Field Award in his honor. Dr, Flanagan is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences.