Homayoon Beigi
Dr. Homayoon Beigi (President/CEO)
Homayoon Beigi earned his BS, MS, and PhD from Columbia University in 1984, 1985 and 1990 respectively. For over two decades, he has been involved in research and development in Biometrics, Pattern Recognition and Internet-Commerce. He has developed the award-winning RecoMadeEasy® Speaker Recognition and the multiple-award winning, CommerceMadeEasy® software. He has been an Adjunct Professor since 1995, teaching "Fundamentals of Speech Recogniton", "Mathematics of Machine Learning and Signal Recognition", "Fundamentals of Speaker Recognition", "Applied Signal Recognition," "Speech and Handwriting Recognition," and "Digital Control Systems" at the CS, ME, and EE departments of Columbia University. He was a Research Staff Member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center from 1991 to 2001, working on Speaker Recognition, ASR, LM, Search, Handwriting Recognition, Control, and NN Learning. He developed the SAFE Audio ANSI standard and was an active liaison in the US delegation of the ISO/SC37-JTC1-WG3 and the VoiceXML Forum on Speaker Biometrics. His other research includes Structural Health Prognosis with the Civil Engineering department of Columbia University, Image Compression, Kinematics, Financial Optimization, and Zero-Gravity Fluid Dynamics. He is the author of the first textbook on Speaker Recognition, entitled, "Fundamentals of Speaker Recognition", a recipient of two IEEE best paper awards and ten issued patents. He is an Associate Editor of the AutoSoft Journal, the Editor of the BISC Handwriting Recognition Chapter, a Senior Member of the IEEE, an Advisory Board Committee member of the IEEE Spectrum, and a reviewer for many journals and conferences including the Pattern Recognition Journal, the IEEE PAMI, the IEEE Trans. on NN, the IET Signal Processing Journal, the International Journal of Control, the AIAA Journal, ICASSP, and Interspeech.
Pargol J. Saatchi
Pargol J. Saatchi (Vice President)
Pargol J. Saatchi earned her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science and Master of Science in Operations Research from Columbia University in 1993 and 1996, respectively. Upon graduation, in 1996, she established Internet Server Connections, Inc. in which she worked on first generation customized hosting and collocation, plus Web Portal design and customization. She collaborated with Dr. Homayoon Beigi on the design and implementation of the award-winning CommerceMadeEasy® software. In 2003, she joined Recognition Technologies, Inc. as the Vice President, in charge of marketing and user interface strategies. She hase contributed to the creation of another award-winning suite of products, the RecoMadeEasy® Speaker Recognition and the handling of other modalilities including Face Recognition and Speech Recognition. She has also contributed to the language proficiency rating products of Recognition Technologies, Inc. From 1994 to 1996, she worked as a research assistant at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, helping the design and development of an Earthquake Simulation Software fir the department of Seismology. He thesis at the Environmental Science department of Columbia University was the recipient of the Best Thesis Award.
Dr. Massimo de Francesco (Head of European Operations)
Lydia-Agatha Knab (Administration -- European Operations)