Podcast episode #09: Ann Thyme-Gobbel

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Ann Thyme-Gobbel,

UX & VUI designer with an eye on cognitive science and an ear to phonetics

Ann Thyme-Gobbel brings her story to Coffee to Close. She’s a Brisbane-based voice-user, language-user interface, expert, and researcher. She participated in the research that led to voice recognition technologies that we today use in our phones and computers.

Ann was born in Sweden and came to the US to develop her academic life. She earned a Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of San Diego. It was in San Diego that she met her future husband.

A visit to his parents in her native Sweden changed her professional life altogether. On one room, her dad was switching channels of their newly installed cable TV service. Being in the adjoining room, while she was unable to understand the exact words coming from the TV speaker, nevertheless she realized something. She could recognize what language was spoken on the TV in the next room based on intonation alone (“prosody”). That observation was the spark that eventually led her to found her own company, dedicated to the research on prosody-based language identification. Ann’s other past work includes research in language and emotion detection and discourse structure. Currently, she works at Sound United, where she’s the voice UI (user interface) and UX (user experience) design leader.

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About Coffee to Close

Hello and welcome to ‘Coffee to Close,’ a podcast where we talk to interesting people with passions and pursuits, in and around Brisbane, California. Brisbane is that beautiful, yet rowdy, fiercely independent town on the border of San Francisco. We hope that you will find inspiration, and in the process, we will raise some money for our local non-profits. Sit back and enjoy. For a more detailed introduction check out episode #1 HERE.

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