PISCATAWAY, N.J., Aug. 27, 2007 — The VoiceXML Forum, a global industry organization chartered to promote and to accelerate the adoption of VoiceXML-based applications , today announced that its chairman, Dr. Mark A. Randolph, has received the Speech Luminary award from Speech Technology Magazine. Dr. Randolph was one of only four individuals to receive this prestigious award. The Speech Luminary award, part of Speech Technology Magazine’s 2007 Speech Industry Awards program, recognizes individuals for extraordinary efforts made to advance the causes of their respective organizations and to increase the awareness and acceptance of speech technologies. Dr. Randolph and the rest of the 2007 Speech Industry Awards recipients were recognized last week at the 13th Annual SpeechTEK Conference and Exposition in New York City. For more information about the VoiceXML Forum, please visit www.voicexml.org.
Dr. Randolph is fellow of the technical staff and director of technology and engineering at Motorola and is responsible for technology strategy, research and development in the areas of applications, content, and services that are directed at mobile devices and to the connected home. In the area of speech technology, Dr. Randolph has led teams at Motorola to develop large vocabulary speech recognition and natural language dialog systems, the industry’s first implementation of a distributed speech recognition system, and the “Mya” voice portal.
Prior to joining Motorola, Dr. Randolph was member of technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J. He received a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech, S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from MIT, and an M.B.A. from University of Chicago. Dr. Randolph has made fundamental contributions to the VoiceXML standard and was elected chairman of the VoiceXML Forum in Dec. 2006. As chairman, he has guided the Forum to expand its work beyond VoiceXML to include important, related speech, telephony and mobile technologies.
“Only the most dedicated individuals and innovative products and implementations are recognized each year,” says David Myron, editor-in-chief, Speech Technology Magazine. “Expectations are very high and the industry only recognizes those accomplishments that truly stand out.”
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized for this important award,” said Dr. Randolph. “I accept this award on behalf of the VoiceXML Forum’s member community who has worked tirelessly to promote and accelerate the adoption of speech-based technologies through technology certification, education, marketing and technical initiatives. In large part due to the work of the VoiceXML Forum, speech is becoming a highly effective and ubiquitous user interface.”
Additional information on all the 2007 Speech Industry Award recipients will be published in the September 2007 issue of Speech Technology Magazine and online at www.speechtechmag.com .
About the VoiceXML Forum
Founded in 1999, the VoiceXML Forum is an industry organization whose mission is to promote and to accelerate the worldwide adoption of VoiceXML-based applications. To this end, the Forum serves as an educational and technical resource, a certification authority and a contributor and liaison to international standards bodies, such as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) IETF, ANSI and ISO. The VoiceXML Forum is organized as a program of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO). Membership in the Forum is open to any interested company. For more information, please visit the Website at www.voicexml.org.
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