Research Staff member
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University
Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from University of Colorado
John Karat is a senior research staff member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. He has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University, and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Colorado. In this interview John talks about his research at IBM on speech technology.
Tell me about your background.
I started with IBM with a group in Austin, Texas, that was developing our common user access guidelines and was with that project until it moved to Boca Raton, Florida. Then I went to the research division.
Tell me what areas of speech interfaces you have been specializing in.
I'll tell you how I came into working with speech interfaces. It wasn't something that I've always or continuously done in my career. I became interested in the design of interactive systems, and what I, as a behavioral scientist, could contribute to making technology work better for people. Working for a technology company there are a whole lot of folks running around doing research in making better technology, but they're not necessarily focused on the use of that technology.
When I first came to the research division we had the User Interface Institute, which ...