Kenichi Kumatani received the B.E. degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Kobe University, Japan, in 1999 and M.E. degree in the graduate school of information science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) in 2001. He received the Ph.D. degree from Saarland University, Germany, in 2010. In 2001, he was an intern in ATR Spoken Language Translation Research Laboratories, Japan. He engaged in audio-visual speech recognition there. From 2001 to 2004, he worked for SHARP Corporation in Japan. From September of 2004 to June of 2007, he worked with the Interactive Systems Labs at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, where he has worked on far-field speech recognition and addressed the speech separation challenge supported by the European Union under Augmented Multi-party Interaction (AMI) and Pattern Analysis, Statistical Modeling and Computational Learning (PASCAL) projects. Since July of 2007, he has been with Department of Computer Science Science and Engineering, Intelligent Sensor-Actuator-Systems (ISAS) at the University of Karlsruhe and the IDIAP Research Institute in Martigniy, Switzerland.
His current research interests are in the areas of speech processing with multiple sensors as well as activity understanding with audio-visual cues.