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Roberto Pieraccini
Advanced Conversational Technologies
Jibo, Inc.

Roberto Pieraccini is a technology expert in the fields of speech recognition, natural language, dialog, and human-machine interaction. He worked as a researcher at CSELT (Torino, Italy), Bell Laboratories (Murray Hill, NJ), AT&T Shannon Laboratories (Florham Park, NJ), SpeechWorks International (now Nuance), and IBM T.J. Watson Research (Yorktown Heights, NY). In 2005 he accepted the position of Chief Technology Officer at SpeechCycle, a company specializing in sophisticated technical support systems based on voice recognition technology. In 2012-2013 he was the director and CEO of the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), at Berkeley, CA. He is now the Director of Advanced Conversational Technology at Jibo, Inc., the pioneer of the first consumer social robots for the home. He is the author of “The Voice in the Machine: Building Computers that Understand Speech,” published by MIT Press, a general audience book on the history and technology of human machine speech interaction. He is a fellow of IEEE and ISCA, a member of the AVIOS board, and a member of the editorial board of several scientific and technology magazines.

Articles By Roberto Pieraccini

The Great Divide

Comparing talking machines to humans is like comparing airplanes to eagles
Posted 01 May 2012 - May/June 2012 Issue - by Roberto Pieraccini

Why We Don't Have HAL 9000...Yet

Speech is still a tool, and should be treated as such.
Posted 01 Jul 2010 - July/August 2010 Issue - by Roberto Pieraccini
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