Roberto Pieraccini

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Roberto Pieraccini is a technology expert in the fields of speech recognition, natural language, dialog, and human-machine interaction. He worked as a researcher at CSELT (Torino, Italy), Bell Laboratories (Murray Hill, NJ), AT&T Shannon Laboratories (Florham Park, NJ), SpeechWorks International (now Nuance), and IBM T.J. Watson Research (Yorktown Heights, NY). In 2005 he was Chief Technology Officer at SpeechCycle, a company specializing in sophisticated technical support systems based on voice recognition technology. In 2012-2013 he was the director and CEO of the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), at Berkeley, CA.  He is now the Director of Advanced Conversational Technology at Jibo, Inc., the pioneer of the first consumer social robots for the home.  He is the author of “The Voice in the Machine: Building Computers that Understand Speech,” published by MIT Press, a general audience book on the history and technology of human machine speech interaction. He is a fellow of IEEE and ISCA, a member of the AVIOS board, and a member of the editorial board of several scientific and technology magazines. Roberto Pieraccini joine CCA on September 1st 2015 as an Adjunct Professor, and he is teaching a class on Natural Human-Machine Interaction. More information at

Adjunct Professor, Design

PhD, University of Pisa, Italy