1992 - 1995: B.Eng (cum laude) in Electronic Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch , South Africa. Final year thesis on the application of the timewarping neural network to speech recognition.
1996 - 1997: M.Eng (cum laude) in Electronic Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Graduate coursework in pattern recognition, general signal processing, speech signal processing, telecommunications, mathematics and artificial intelligence. Thesis on topic spotting in conversational speech.
Jan 1998 - Aug 1998: Research Engineer at Peralex Electronics , Cape Town, South Africa. Research on signal processing in telecommunications applications.
Oct 1998 - May 2002: PhD in the Speech, Vision and Robotics group at the Cambridge University Engineering Department. Thesis on automatic design of spoken dialogue systems.
Jul 2002 - December 2003: Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of the Western Cape.
Jan 2003 - present: Postdoctoral research fellow at the South African National Bioinformatics Institute.
C. Scheffler, K. Scheffler, C. W. Omlin, Articulated tree structure from motion - a matrix factorisation approach, Proc. PRASA 2003, Langebaan, South Africa.
M. Schulze, K. Scheffler, C. W. Omlin, Recognizing facial actions with support vector machines, Proc. PRASA 2002, Langebaan, South Africa, pp. 93-96.
K. Scheffler, Automatic design of spoken dialogue systems, PhD thesis, Cambridge University, 2002.
K. Scheffler, S. J. Young, Automatic learning of dialogue strategy using dialogue simulation and reinforcement learning, Proc. Human Language Technology 2002, San Diego, pp. 12-18.
M. W. Theunissen, K. Scheffler, J. A. du Preez, Phoneme-based Topic Spotting on the Switchboard Corpus, Proc. Eurospeech 2001, Aalborg, pp. 283-286.
K. Scheffler, S. J. Young, Corpus-based dialogue simulation for automatic strategy learning and evaluation, Proc. NAACL Workshop on Adaptation in Dialogue Systems 2001, pp. 64-70.
K. Scheffler, S. J. Young, Probabilistic simulation of human-machine dialogues, Proc. ICASSP 2000, Istanbul, pp. 1217-1220.
K. Scheffler, S. J. Young, Simulation of human-machine dialogues, Technical report, Cambridge University Engineering Dept., CUED/F-INFENG/TR 355, 1999.
K. Scheffler, J. A. du Preez, Stochastic method for automatic recognition of topics, Proc. COMSIG 1998, Cape Town.
K. Scheffler, Phoneme-based Topic Spotting in Conversational Speech, Master's Thesis, University of Stellenbosch, 1997.
K. Scheffler, J. A. du Preez, Improvements in phoneme-based topic spotting, Proc. South African Workshop on Pattern Recognition 1997, Port Elizabeth, pp. 136-139.