A Nice Gesture by Jeroen Arendsen

A Nice Gesture by Jeroen Arendsen

A mix of posts on gesture, HCI, perception or robots and some personal information.

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I graduated in 1998 on speech recognition in a multi-modal user interface for a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), and continued to work at KPN on speech recognition, mainly for phone (voice) services. Back then it was a nice time to be at KPN Research, but their place, the dr. Neherlab in Leidschendam, is not in use anymore as a research facility. KPN Research was sold by its mother company KPN Telecom and became TNO Telecom in Delft. The commercial activities on speech recognition came to an almost complete stop at the time, apart from some small projects. The research activities were the core of a new startup within TNO Telecom called Dutchear.

I graduated at KPN Research with Jans Aasman, Oscar Rietkerk and Angelien Sanderman. From the TU Delft, Jans was my professor together with Klaas Robers, and Annelieke van der Sluijs tutored as well.

Later, I joined the shortlived Competence Center for Speech-driven Services (CCSD). When that Center was closed I joined Value Added Services at KPN Telecom. It was during the CCSD time that we developed and patented an idea for a Personal Call Assistant. Does anyone remember Wildfire? It seems to still be around here, and here, or listen to a demo here. It was the leading PCA at the time. They had filed original patents, to which we had to refer. ELECTRONIC CALL ASSISTANTS WITH SHARED DATABASE Alex Vieira, who works at the EPO pointed out to me that the patent had become available, since for a long time I think it was just kept ‘pending’.

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