Sensory Forms Speech Technology Advisory Board

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Ties to leading academic research programs to enhance R&D efforts

Sensory, Inc., the leader in speech technologies for consumer products, today announced the creation of a technology advisory board that includes respected academic experts and researchers from speech recognition, synthesis and linguistics. By fostering closer ties with leading university researchers in these areas, Sensory is able to tap cutting edge academic expertise to develop more efficient and accurate speech technologies.

Sensory representatives on the board include CEO Todd F. Mozer, VP of Engineering Bill Teasley, Director of Fluent Technologies Dr. Pieter Vermeulen, Mike Mozer, cognitive science professor at the University of Colorado and Sensory Co-founder, and Dr. Forrest Mozer, Professor Emeritus at the Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Berkeley, co-founder.

Joining the board from the Oregon Health and Science University is Professor Jan P.H. van Santen CV, who is the head of both the Biomedical Computer Science (BMCS) and the Center for Spoken Language Understanding (CSLU). He is also currently a member of the management committee of the Special Interest Group on Speech Synthesis of the European Speech Communication Association. His background includes mathematical modeling of prosody, signal processing, and computational linguistics, and his current work focuses on biomedical applications of computer science and electrical engineering. Dr. van Santen was a principal member of the pioneering Bell Labs speech synthesis group.

Board member Dan Jurafsky is an Associate Professor of Linguistics and Associate Professor by Courtesy of Computer Science at Stanford University. A MacArthur Fellow, Dan brings expertise to the board in the areas of machine and human processing of language, natural language processing, speech recognition, speech synthesis, and dialogue, and computational psycholinguistics, with an additional focus on Chinese computational linguistics.

Rounding out the board is Nelson Morgan, who is the Director of the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI). He is also is a Professor-in-residence in the EECS Department at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. as an NSF Fellow in 1980. He has been working on problems in signal processing and pattern recognition since 1974, with a primary emphasis on speech processing. He holds a number of patents in speech processing methods, including one that is currently being used in millions of CDMA cell phones. His current research interests include the redesign from first principles of the primary signal processing used in speech recognition systems, and the use of neural networks for the design of these new features.

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