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Paul van Mulbregt is Senior Director of Research and Development in the Mobility Division. He has over 20 years of technical leadership and management experience developing technology and then optimizing for products. His technical interests span ASR, NLU and Data Mining. Prior to Nuance, Paul was Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Wellesley College, then joined Dragon Systems and was on the original team developing the MREC speech recognition engine for Dragon Naturally Speaking, the first large vocabulary continuous speech recognition (LVCSR) product for PCs. He then moved to the Voice Signal Technologies startup to develop the E.L.V.I.S. speech recognition and synthesis engine, for command-and-control (VSuite) and the first LVCSR dictation (VoiceMode) application on 100s of millions of mobile phones. Following the acquisition of Voice Signal by Nuance in 2007, Paul led the team developing the core technology for the first hybrid embedded-and-server speech recognition products on mobile phones. Recently he has been thinking about embedded speech recognition again, in particular, systems that are always listening. Paul holds a B.Sc(Hons) from the University of Otago in New Zealand, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Interacting with voice-based interfaces on a broad variety of devices spanning smartphones, tablets, TVs, cars, and kiosks is becoming a routine part of daily life. …