AVIOS Board Members
President: Marie Meteer — Pryon; Brandeis University
Dr. Marie Meteer is a Senior Research Scientist at Pryon, where she brings a wide range of experience in speech, dialog and natural language processing. She began her career at BBN Technologies, where she rose from research scientist to VP of Commercial Speech Solutions. Most recently she has been an Associate Professor in Computer Science at Brandeis University, where she continues as an Adjunct, teaching speech and dialog in the Computational Linguistics Masters Program. She has consulted in industries ranging from mobile application development to call center analytics and was a co-founder and Vice President of Speech at EveryZing, a digital media merchandising platform.
Vice President: Thomas Schalk — SiriusXM
Tom Schalk, Ph.D., is Vice President of Voice Technology at SiriusXM, a leading provider of in-vehicle infotainment and driver assistance to global automobile manufacturers. Dr. Schalk guides research and development of multi-modal, in-vehicle, human-machine interfaces and user experiences that seek to simplify secondary driving tasks while minimizing the risk of driver distraction. Prior to SiriusXM, Dr. Schalk was the CTO of Philips Speech Processing. He has over twenty-five years of experience in the speech recognition industry. He received his PhD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and his BSEE from the George Washington University.
Executive Director: William Meisel — TMA Associates
William “Bill” Meisel is president of TMA Associates, a speech-industry consulting and publishing firm (www.tmaa.com). Meisel also writes Speech Strategy News newsletter (beginning in 1993), is co-organizer of the Conversational Interaction Conference (www.conversationalinteraction.com), and wrote a book for a general audience, The Software Society: Cultural and Economic Impact, in 2103. In the 1980s, he founded and ran a speech recognition technology company that lasted 21 years, after managing the Computer Science Division of an engineering firm. Meisel began his career as a professor of EE and CS at USC. He wrote an early technical book on machine learning, Computer-Oriented Approaches to Pattern Recognition , in 1972, has published over 20 papers, and is a frequent speaker at conferences. Meisel holds a B.S. in Engineering from Caltech and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from USC.
Emmett Coin — ejTalk CEO/Industrial Poet, Principal
Deborah Dahl — Conversational Technologies, Principal
Michael Johnston — Interactions,
Lead Inventive Scientist
James Larson — Larson Technical Services, Vice President
Alexander Rudnicky — Carnegie Mellon University, Principal Systems Scientist, School of Computer Science
Dr. Nava Shaked — Business Technologies, Director
Phil Shinn — IVR Design Group. Principal
Lorin Wilde — IBM Watson Education Research, Senior Natural Language Processor