2002 Speech Solutions Winners

NEW YORK, NY - Each year the speech technology industry recognizes significant contributions and achievements of individuals and companies within the industry. The Top Ten Leaders Speech and the Speech Solutions Awards are sponsored by Speech Technology Magazine and selected by their peers in an online poll.

The awards were presented last night at the SpeechTEK Gala and Awards Ceremony sponsored by SpeechWorks and their partners. The 8th SpeechTEK Exposition and Educational Conference is being held this week at the New York Marriott Marquis.

After nominations are submitted to Speech Technology Magazine members of the industry vote online at http://www.speechtechmag.com to select those awards recipients.

The Top Ten Leaders in Speech are recognized as the ten most influential people in the speech technology industry over the previous year. 2002 recipients are:

-Steve Chambers, Sr VP of Sales and Chief Marketing Officer, SpeechWorks
-Ron Croen, Chairman and CEO, Nuance
-Eric Doggett, Chief Executive Officer, Glenayre
-Dr. X.D. Huang, General Manager, .Net Speech Technologies Group, Microsoft Corp
-Dr. James A. Larson, Chairman, W3C Voice Browser Working Group
-Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, Corporate Vice President, Natural Interactive Services Division, Microsoft Corp
-Mike McCue, President, Tellme Networks
-W.S. "Ozzie" Osborne, Director of Segment Strategy, IBM Pervasive Computing
-Stuart Patterson, Chief Executive Officer, SpeechWorks
-Robert P. Schechter, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, NMS Communications

For the first year, STM is awarding the Lifetime Achievement Award. That award went to Dr. Victor Zue, Director, MIT Laboratory of Computer Science.

The Speech Solutions Awards are presented to companies for outstanding accomplishments bringing new products and services to the marketplace. These were voted on by the readers of STM.

Best TTS Solution/Desktop - AT&T Natural Voices, Desktop Edition
Best TTS Solution/Telephony - SpeechWorks, National Weather Service
Best Verification Solution - Nuance, Verifier 3.0
Best Embedded Solution - SpeechWorks, Speech2Go
Best Voice Platform - Tellme Networks, Voice Application Network
Best Persona - SpeechWorks, Julie, the voice of Amtrak
Best ASR Solution/Desktop - IBM, ViaVoice
Best ASR Solution/Telephony - Nuance, Nuance 8.0
Best Input Device Solution - Clarity, CVC
Most Innovative Solution - Phonetic Systems, Fonecta Deployment

"The recipients of the Top Ten Leaders in Speech and Speech Solutions Awards are clearly deserving of the recognition they receive from their peers," says John Kelly, publisher and editor-in-chief of Speech Technology Magazine. "They are the force behind the innovations and energy that are driving the growth and stature of the speech technology industry. Speech Technology Magazine extends its congratulations to all this year's recipients."

Speech Technology Magazine is recognized worldwide as the leading source of information on products, services and technology related to the speech technology industry. Published six times a year, Speech Technology Magazine is the only trade publication dedicated exclusively to the growing speech technology market. SpeechTEK 2002 sponsors are Microsoft Corp., Unisys, SpeechWorks, Nuance, AudioCodes, Rhetorical, Temic, Loquendo, AT&T, West Corporation, Sensory, Telisma, Customer Interface Magazine, Auto Interiors Magazine, Bank Technology News, desktopnews.com, and Speech Technology Magazine.

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