Biographical Information

Sara Basson

Program Director, Speech Transcription Strategy - IBM Research


Sara Basson works in IBM Research, where she is driving strategy and business opportunities for speech transcription technology. Sara holds an M.B.A. in Management/Marketing from Stern School of Business, New York University, and a Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Sara serves on the Executive Board of Directors of AVIOS, and on the editorial board of the International Journal of Speech Technology.

Articles by Sara Basson

Speech Professionals Should Think Big but Meet Local

Local meet-ups foster much-needed community and connections.

Building Smarter Systems with Cognitive Computing

If speech technology is so valuable, why is adoption so slow?

Spoken Web for the Developing World

Project lets rural denizens with no technical expertise create web of information using a simple phone and speech technology

The Holy Grail of Speech

Collaboration will expand speech recognition's potential

Think Globally, Act Locally: AVIOS Evolving

AVIOS (Applied Voice Input/Output Society) was launched as a non-profit society for speech technology professionals nearly 25 years ago. Speech recognition and synthesis were not widely deployed at the time, and there were no forums for interested parties to convene and share "best practices." Leon Lerman, the founder of AVIOS, noted this gap and set off to address it. As AVIOS grew, it became the conference for anyone with an interest in speech technology application…

Speech Recognition and Accessible Education

Disabled populations are key drivers in many technological innovations. Many of these innovations are now so integral to mainstream markets that we can forget their historical roots. A fascinating list of a number of these innovations is chronicled by Steve Jacobs, of The Center for An Accessible Society.