Joaquim Llisterri received a PhD in Romance Philology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in 1987, and he was appointed full-time lecturer in General Linguistics at the same university in 1989. He teaches undergraduate courses in General Linguistics and Phonetics and graduate courses on Speech Technologies and Spoken Language Resources. His research, publications and participation in national and international projects has been concerned with the applications of experimental phonetics to speech technology –especially in the area of text-to-speech synthesis- and with the study of phonetic transfer in second and third language acquisition. He has worked on the evaluation of synthesised speech and on the creation and annotation of spoken databases and corpora –particularly in the domain of prosody-. He has also been involved in the use of communication and information technologies for language teaching and for linguistic research.