After 18 years in the industry I have returned to the CTU, Faculty of Electrical Engineering to share my experience with students. My mission is:
Education: Create and deliver top curricula for Cloud Computing, Big Data, Analytics, Internet application development, Mobile etc.
Research: Drive and work with students committed to innovation and science on new technologies in the field of Internet apps, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Analytics, Mobile etc.
Entrepreneurship: Make a difference through, education, research, technology development, and dissemination of the results to industry. Create and cultivate entrepreneurial environment to help new high tech startups.
2018 - Second place in the Alexa Prize 2018 with the social chatbot Alquist,
2017 - Second place in the Alexa Prize 2017 with the social chatbot Alquist,
05/2010 - present: Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics, Czech Technical University Prague
Technology Transfer Manager,
Communicating cross-functional, across the whole company
Managing localization of Google maps for EMEA countries (CZ, SL,...), supporting new data, geo coding, transit information, ...
Managing the EMEA Internationalization team (ICU, phone numbers, audits ...)
Managing support for inflectional languages, automatic accentuation, spell checking
Managing triaging Google products, testing, launching many different applications and extensions in EMEA
Working with universities (project, talks, support, ...)
02/2000 - 01/2008: IBM Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic,
Manager research, development, Voice Technologies and Systems.
Founded, built and led the IBM CZ research and development lab in Prague
Principal designer, responsible for the design, research and implementation of the core engine of the Embedded ViaVoice product (millions of licenses sold on the US market, Honda, NorthStar)
Managing and designing the server-embedded converged engine architecture for (2006)
Project, package Coordinator in HomeTalk, CHIL, SAFIR projects in European Commission IST program, (2002 - 2007)
Managing the development of Multimodal Browser for embedded devices (2001 - 2003)
Managing and designing many different multimodal interaction projects for car and hand-held environments: cell phone, entertainment, navigation control.
1994 - 2000 IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA
Research Staff Member (RSM), Human Language Technologies
Principal designer, researcher and developer of the IBM's ViaVoice for Embedded Multi-platform
Two major patents: algorithms allowing to run real time speech recognition on PC computers (Fast labeling and Fast speaker adaptation algorithms)
Representing IBM in the AURORA project (ETSI, 1995-1998).
The European Community Kopernicus project reviewer
1992 - 1994 IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA
Visiting scientist. Human Language Technologies
Researching new digital signal processing algorithms with low resources requirements aimed at speech recognition. Part of the research group working on IBM ISSS and IBM Personal Dictation System. (Two IBM disclosures two patents).
Leading a team designing and implementing speech driven game for Disney World - EPCOT
US6073091 06/06/2000 Apparatus and Method for Forming a Filtered Inflected Language Model for Automatic Speech Recognition
US06023673 02/08/2000 Hierarchical labeler in a speech recognition system
US06016476 01/18/2000 Portable information and transaction processing system and method utilizing biometric authorization and digital certificate security
US05835888 11/10/1998 Statistical language model for inflected languages
US05544277 08/06/1996 Speech coding apparatus and method for generating acoustic feature vector component values by combining values of the same features for multiple time intervals
US05522011 05/28/1996 Speech coding apparatus and method using classification rules
20050086382 - 04/21/05 Systems and methods for providing dialog localization in a distributed environment and enabling conversational communication using generalized user gestures
20050096070 - 05/05/05 Efficient communication with passive devices
20050143972 - 06/30/05 System and methods for acoustic and language modeling for automatic speech recognition with large vocabularies
6,965,773 B2 11/15/05 Virtual cooperative network formed by local clients in zones without cellular service
7,100,000 8/29/2006 System and methods for processing audio using multiple speech technologies
7,156,309 1/2/2007 Smart book
7,315,613 1/1/2008 Multi-modal messaging
US Pat. application. 9837024 4/18/2001 Systems and methods for providing conversational computing via javaserver pages and javabeans
US Pat. Application 10007084 12/4/2001 Reusable VoiceXML dialog components, sub-dialogs and beans
US Pat. Application 11548976 - Filed Oct 12, 2006 Enhancement to Viterbi speech processing algorithm for hybrid speech models that conserves memory.
6.442.519 2002 Speaker model adaptation via network of similar users
2004 The Research Division Award for the development of the Embedded Engine
2000 Outstanding Innovation Award for the development of the Embedded Engine
2000 The Division award for the development of the Embedded Engine
2000 Third Plateau Invention Achievement Award in appreciation and recognition of creative contribution to IBM progress.
1999 Second Plateau Invention Achievement Award in appreciation and recognition of creative contribution to IBM progress.
1998 Whatever it takes award for management of the speech recognition part of the network car, which IBM exhibited at COMDEX 97.
1997 First Plateau Invention Achievement Award in appreciation and recognition of creative contribution to IBM progress.
1996 an Outstanding Innovation Award in appreciation for the VoiceType 3.0 Design of an algorithm enabling to run CPU expensive labeling on a PC. The current product ViaVoice is still using these algorithms.
1995 the Research Division Award for contribution to Large Vocabulary Isolated Speech Recognition