Innovation Forums: The Future of NLP/Audio Technology

Moderator: Sunil Bharitkar
HP Labs

Sunil Bharitkar received his Ph.D in Electrical Eng. (minor in Math) from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2004 and is presently the Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at HP Labs. He is involved in research in neural networks, signal processing, speech/audio analysis, bioinformatics (signal proc and deep learning for cancer detection), & machine learning. From 2011-2016 he was the Director of Audio Technology at Dolby leading/guiding research in audio, signal processing, haptics, machine learning, hearing augmentation, &standardization activities at ITU, SMPTE, AES. He co-founded the company Audyssey Labs in 2002 where he was VP/Research responsible for inventing new technologies which were licensed to companies including IMAX, Denon, Audi, Sharp, etc. He also taught in the Dept. of Electrical Engineering at USC. Sunil has published over 50 peer-reviewed conf./journal papers and has over 20 patents in the area of signal processing, acoustics, neural networks, pattern recognition, and a textbook (Immersive Audio Signal Processing) from Springer-Verlag. He is a reviewer for various IEEE journals, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, EURASIP, and the Journal of the Audio Eng. Soc. He has also been on the Organizing and Technical Program Committees of various conferences such as the 2008 and 2009 European Sig. Proc. Conference (EUSIPCO), the 57th AES Conference, SMPTE. He has also served as an invited tutorial speaker at the 2006 IEEE Conf. on Acoustics Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP). Sunil is also a recipient of a Best Paper Award at the 2003 37th IEEE Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers, and the Dept. of EE (USC) TA Award for DSP. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, member of the ILB of the IEEE Systems, Man, & Cybernetics Society, the Acoustical Soc. of America (ASA), European Association for Signal and Image Processing (EURASIP), and the Audio Eng. Soc. (AES). Sunil is a PADI diver & plays the Didgeridoo.

Phil Hilmes

Phil Hilmes is Director of Audio Technology for Amazon Lab126, where he has been since 2012. He helped to create the first Alexa Echo device there and manages the team of scientists, software developers, and hardware developers delivering audio technologies for Amazon’s products including all Echos, tablets, Fire TVs, and more to enable far-field speech recognition, voice communication, playback, and audio event detection. Previously, he was the VP of Engineering and Cofounder of Audyssey Laboratories where he delivered room correction and audio enhancement technologies for consumer, professional, and automotive audio products. He has also held positions with DIRECTV delivering digital audio and communications solutions. He earned his BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College and his graduate degree in Electrical Engineering, focused on signal processing and communications, from the University of Southern California. He is a member of IEEE and AES and holds numerous publications and patents to his credit.

Vivek Kumar
Dolby Labs

Vivek Kumar is Director, Applied AI at Dolby Laboratories where he leads a team of researchers and developers focused on creating technology based on Deep Learning for speech/NLP and Audio. He is also responsible for understanding the implications of recent advances and developing an AI strategy for Dolby. The team he previously led was responsible for the development of Dolby Atmos for Home, the next-generation audio and surround sound technologies for which Dolby is widely recognized. Vivek is a lifelong maker, and his compulsion to “build, break and hack” is a trait that extends beyond his workday. He also provides mentoring and strategy development for startups and has invested in several early-stage ventures.