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Interview with John Karat

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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 ...

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