W&V SIG: Microsoft, Intel and Speech



  • This presentation will focus on the convergence of speech and multimodality, and highlight the opportunities for enterprises, startups and wireless carriers.


    Albert Kooiman (bio), Business Development Manager - .NET Speech Group, Microsoft Corporation
    Hussein Kanji (bio), Product Manager - Microsoft Corporation
    Glen Shires (bio), Principal Engineer - Intel Corporation
    Click here to view Glen's meeting presentation.


    Presentation Overview

    Microsoft, Intel and Speechs

    Over the past two years, Microsoft and Intel have been actively promoting SALT (Speech Application Language Tags), an open standard for speech applications, with a number of key partners including Cisco and Philips. SALT is a royalty-free, platform-independent standard that enables multimodal and telephony-based access to information, applications, and Web services from PCs, telephones, tablet PCs, and wireless personal digital assistants. SALT enables organizations to make use of speech and build multimodal applications, which leverage speech for input and web markup languages for visual output. Already, over 43 companies have joined the SALT Forum at (www.saltforum.org).

    Both Microsoft and Intel believe multimodality will unleash a wave of innovative new mobile applications, open up new application markets for software developers and enable enterprises to provide enhanced and streamlined user experiences to their customers. This presentation by Microsoft and Intel will focus on this coming convergence of speech and multimodality, and highlight the opportunities for enterprises, startups and wireless carriers.

    • Technology and Market Trends in 'Speech'land
    • The next generation User Interface
    • Towards Multimodality
    • Why SALT?
    • Sample applications
    • The SALT Value Proposition
    • Key Enablers of SALT
    • Current SALT implementations
    • Lightweight Tags
    • Enhances existing standards
    • Call Control
    • Extensibility
    • Call for action


    About the Presenters


    Albert Kooiman, Business Development Manager at .NET Speech Group, Microsoft Corporation

    Albert R.R. Kooiman works in the .NET Speech group of Microsoft, and is one of the drivers of the Speech Application Language Tags (SALT) effort. Being a member of both the SALT Forum Technical as well as Marketing Working Groups since the very beginning, he is a strong advocate of both the simplicity and the sophistication of SALT. With eight years of experience in the telephony speech industry, he has been involved in many speech projects encompassing the whole spectrum of solutions currently in the market: from information systems to personal call assistants, from customer care solutions to value added service voice portals, from telephony-only to multimodal systems, serving customers all over the world. Albert holds a Masters Degree of the Medical Faculty of the University of Amsterdam. After his graduation where he specialized in Medical Informatics databases, he originally worked in the field of Hospital Information Systems and Medical Statistics for five years.


    Hussein Kanji, Product Manager at Microsoft Corporation

    Hussein Kanji is a Product Manager in the Natural Interactive Services Division (NISD) at Microsoft Corp., where he is spearheading the company's efforts in embedded speech recognition. In this position, he also works on the group's acquisition strategy and manages the .NET Speech early adopter program.

    Kanji joined Microsoft in 2001. Prior to Microsoft, he was the director of business development for Radiance Technologies in Los Altos, CA, and worked in the corporate strategy and advanced technology group at Sun Microsytems, Inc.

    Kanji holds a bachelor's degree in symbolic systems and a minor in history from Stanford University.


    Glen Shires, Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation

    Glen Shires is a Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation. As a founding member of the SALT Forum, he co-authored the SALT 1.0 spec. Glen heads speech technologies for Intel's NetMerge Converged Communications Systems. He is also active in the W3C Multimodal and Voice Browser standards groups.

    Glen began his career at Intel as an Applications Engineer for a Graphics Processor and the 386 CPU. He was the first person ever to get DOS and Windows running on the 386 and demonstrated these at the CPU's introduction. Then, independently, he developed CPU accelerator boards for Microsoft and other companies, the world's fastest per PC Labs tests. He teamed with Apple visionaries at startup General Magic to create for Sony, Motorola and AT&T the world's first wireless PDA, with an innovative GUI for multimedia email and fax. Together, they also created the world's first Voice Portal, with a speech recognition interface that was so innovative, even today it is held up as a benchmark to which other products are compared. Glen then developed a Web-based Call-Center software product at Picazo, which was acquired by Intel. Glen earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and developed a Speech Recognition system as part of his Master's Thesis.


    Event Logistics


    Openwave Systems Inc.
    1400 Seaport Boulevard
    Redwood City, CA 94063
    Tel: 650.480.8000


    6:00-6:30 PM Registration and Networking
    6:30-7:30 PM Albert Kooiman/Hussein Kanji Presentation
    7:30-8:30 PM Glen Shires Presentation
    8:30 Meeting Adjournment


    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members
    No charge for SDForum members
    No charge for SVCWireless members for the month of April
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