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Speech Technologies Seminar 2008
July 02, 2008
Organized by IBM Haifa Research Lab

Dr. David Nahamoo
David Nahamoo is responsible for IBM Research technical and business directions in the speech technologies. He joined IBM Research in 1982 as a Research Staff Member. In 1986, he became manager of the Speech Recognition Modeling team. In 1993, he was appointed Senior Manager of the Human Language Technologies Group, of which he became the Department Group Manager in 1998. From 1993 to 2006, he was responsible for delivering speech technologies to IBM Divisions for desktop, embedded, and server based speech products. During these years, he managed a team of 60 scientists at IBM Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York and a team of 20 researchers and developers in Prague. David was the Interim General Manager of the Speech Business Unit in 1993 and since then has been a core team member of the Business Unit and later on the Research representative on the IBM Software Group speech team.

In 2007, he was appointed as the Speech CTO and the Speech Business Strategist for IBM Research. In this new role, David is responsible for establishing IBM Research global strategy in the speech area and identifying business opportunities across IBM software and services businesses, focusing on Contact Centers, Collaboration, and Content Delivery solutions. He provides technical direction for Conversational and Multimodal Interaction Technologies at IBM Research labs worldwide.

He holds 25 patents and has published more than 55 technical papers in scientific journals. He has also been very active in the popular and trade press as well as on TV and radio with more than 100 interviews.

Dr. Nahamoo was appointed an IBM Fellow in May of 2008. He is a Member of the IBM Academy of Technology and a Fellow of the IEEE. He has also been a Member of the Spoken Language Coordinating Committee, DARPA, and of the Speech Technical Committee of the ASSP Society as well as the Associate Editor of Transactions on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing. In 2001, he received the IEEE Signal Processing Best Paper Award. His current research interests include conversational and multimodal technologies and tools, speech solutions and services, and speech user interfaces.

David Nahamoo received his BSc degree from Tehran University, Iran, an MSc from Imperial College of London, England, and his PhD in 1982 from Purdue University in Indiana; all of his studies were in electrical engineering.