Jeff Adams has been managing top-level speech & language technology research for 20 years. Until 6 years ago, he worked at Nuance / Dragon, where he was responsible for developing and improving speech recognition for Nuance’s “Dragon” dictation software. He presided over many of the key improvements in the 1990s and 2000s that brought this technology into the mainstream and enabled widespread consumer adoption.
Jeff left Nuance in 2009 for Yap, a company specializing in voicemail to text transcription. Jeff assembled a strong team of 12 speech scientists who within two years were able to beat all of their competitors on an unbiased test set. They also matched the performance of a competitor who used (off-shore) human transcription. Their success caught the interest of Amazon, who acquired Yap in 2011 to jump start their new speech & language research lab. At Amazon, Jeff led efforts to build one of the industry’s leading speech & language groups, a team that built products such as the Echo, Dash, and Fire TV. Jeff left Amazon in 2014 to create Cobalt Speech and Language.
Jeff is participating in the AI World Intelligent Assistant Workshop