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Dan Kahn, Ph.D. (MIT), Co-founder.
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For the ten years prior to the founding of E-Speech Corporation, Dr. Kahn was Director of Bellcore's Speech Technology Research Group. Dan has extensive experience in speech synthesis, speech recognition, and digital and analog signal processing, as well as in systems integration for telephony applications of speech technology. Dan also worked on speech recognition and synthesis at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ. Dan served as Chairman of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Speech Technical Committee and as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing. Dr. Kahn is a recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal for his contributions to signal processing.

Marian Macchi, Ph.D. (NYU), Co-founder.
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Before co-founding E-Speech, Dr. Macchi was at Bellcore, where she was the chief architect of the Orator© speech synthesizer. She has extensive speech synthesis experience, both with basic synthesis technology and with text preprocessing for applications such as reverse telephone directory. She has been an invited speaker at the National Science Foundation, IEEE, Acoustical Society of America, and Association for Computational Linguistics, and has served on NSF review panels and on many technical advisory committees. Marian also worked on phonetics and speech synthesis at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ. Visit her NSF talks on the state-of-the-art in speech synthesis technology and on evaluation of speech synthesizers. Dr. Macchi is a member of the Advisory Board for Montclair State University Linguistics Department.

Dan and Marian won the Bellcore Presidential Award for their research and development of the Orator© text-to-speech synthesizer and for its commercialization.