I have been working in the field of conversational AI for the past twenty years - both in industry and academia.
My primary occupation is at Microsoft where I work as
an AI architect managing design, strategy and execution of conversational AI products and applications. Building on Microsoft's portfolio of
speech and language technologies, my focus is to push the boundary of what's possible today and turn disruptive innovation into engaging user
I received my PhD in Speech Technology from University College
London. The topic of my dissertation is accent variation modeling and how to improve
speech recognition accuracy for accented speakers. In short, my research offers a mechanism for automatically generating an idiodictionary,
a user-specific pronunciation dictionary, at runtime based on accent features extracted directly from the user's speech.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and I have been
a member of faculty in the Department of Linguistics since 2009 where I teach in the