Speech specialist, musician to give Presidential Lecture
Titze is a University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology and the School of Music. He directs the National Center for Voice and Speech, which is a consortium of investigators at The University of Iowa, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and the University of Utah.
Although he was formally educated as a physicist and engineer, Titze has applied his scientific knowledge to a lifelong love of clinical voice and vocal music. Specifically, his research interests include biomechanics of human tissues, acoustic phonetics, speech science, voice disorders, professional voice production, musical acoustics, and the computer simulation of voice.
Titze has published more than 250 articles in scientific and educational journals, is the author of the book Principles of Voice Production, and coedited two books in a series entitled Vocal Fold Physiology. He is currently completing two additional books Vocology and The Myoelastic-Aerodynamic Theory of Phonation. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Singing and has written a bi-monthly column in this journal for 20 years.
Titze is a recipient of the William and Harriott Gould Award for laryngeal physiology, the Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigation Award, the Claude Pepper Award, the Quintana Award of the Voice Foundation, and the American Laryngological Award. He is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, the American Speech Language and Hearing Association, and the American Laryngological Association. He and his work have been featured in several well-known television programs, including Innovation, Quantum, and Beyond 2000.
In addition to his scientific endeavors, Titze continues to be active as a singer, giving several recitals a year in the United States and Europe. At times, he is joined by Pavarobotti, his singing robot that uses sophisticated computer simulation of the human voice.