Keynote speakers profiles
Stuart joins ScanSoft as President and is responsible for worldwide operations. Patterson previously served as President & CEO of SpeechWorks International, Inc. from 1997 through 2003. Prior to SpeechWorks, he was Vice President and Line of Business Manager at Voxware Inc., a developer of digital speech and audio technologies and solutions. From 1987 to 1996, Patterson served as the CEO of Vicorp Interactive Systems, Inc., a developer of large-scale voice and data applications, which he co-founded. Patterson has served on the boards of SpeechWorks and BBG New Media, Inc. He began his career in marketing and business development at Hewlett-Packard and France Telecom. Patterson holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
ScanSoft is the leading supplier of imaging, speech and language solutions that make businesses more productive. The company's portfolio of solutions and technologies automate a range of manual processes to help consumers, professionals and enterprises save time, increase productivity and improve customer service. Including famous speech technology brands such as RealSpeak? text-to-speech, SpeechPearl© automatic speech recognition and Dragon NaturallySpeaking© dictation software and imaging brands as OmniPage? optical character recognition software; PaperPort©personal document management software and OmniForm© eForm management. ScanSoft's International headquarters are based near Gent in Belgium and the worldwide headquarters are situated in Peabody, Massachusetts, USA.
Sanda Harabagiu is Associate Professor and Erik Jonsson School Research Initiation Chair in the Department of Computer Science at University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). Prior to joining UTD she was on the faculty of the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin and at Southern Methodist University. She earned her PhD from University of Southern California, and before that she earned a Doctorate in Research from Tor Vergata University in Rome, Italy. Dr. Harabagiu is the Director of the Human Language Technology Research Institute at UTD. Dr. Harabagiu is also involved with Language Computer Corporation (LCC), a Texas-based company that specializes in the are of Human Language Technology. You can find more at www.utdallas.edu/~sanda.
Language Computer Corporation (LCC), founded in 1995 in Dallas, Texas, develops technology in the areas of question-answering, information extraction and text summarization. LCC's PowerAnswer Technology transforms the standard search from a merely finding tool into an answer provider, all in the context of a natural, simple and straightforward process. LCC's CICERO Information Extraction (IE) technology complements LCC's PowerAnswer approach. While PowerAnswer provides an open-domain solution for direct, relevant answers from heterogeneous document collections, IE is ideally suited for customers interested in retrieving highly-relevant information for domain-specific topics. Also LCC's GisTexter summarization technology produces abstracts for virtually any topic.