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IBM Researcher Dimitri Kanevsky

IBM Researcher Dimitri Kanevsky

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IBM researcher Dimitri Kanevsky was recently honored at the White House to celebrate his achievements in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math for people with disabilities.

Throughout his career, Kanevsky has focused on developing technologies that help people with hearing loss. Kanevsky helped developed technology that instantly transcribes both sides of a phone conversation and posts the text directly to a commonly viewable Web site. The automated writer hears what the speakers are saying on the phone, and then puts the text on the site, Kanevsky notes.

Kanevsky also developed a device that converts sound waves from high frequency to low frequency, which can help hearing-impaired people lip read in different languages. Since joining IBM, Kanevsky has focused on developing speech recognition technology and improving speech recognition accuracy.

Liberated Learning recently received a grant to develop speech recognition technologies that help deaf people take university courses. Liberated Learning enlisted Kanevsky to help, and he developed a method for quick correction of errors, and a friendly user interface for students and for teachers so that they could get notes after lectures.

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