The central themes of Rohit's research is amplifying human productivity and enriching the experience of interacting with machines through the use of speech and language technologies. Through his professional services consulting firm (VoiceThesis), Rohit is helping companies prepare for the third wave of conversational AI. In addition to consulting, his project, jorn.us is a venture that is building products for creating & sharing travel content.
Previously, Dr. Kumar was a senior researcher at Spotify and BBN Technologies. He built conversational systems for digital content consumption and led technology development efforts for intelligent tutoring and real-time speech translation systems. His work directly contributed to increasing system resilience against failures in speech recognition and machine translation, making translation systems rapidly adaptable for timely deployment in emergencies scenarios and deploying state-of-the-art interactive systems/components.
Dr. Kumar is a senior member of IEEE and has authored over 60 publications. He graduated from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh and received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. His dissertation studied conversational systems for improving human collaboration. He developed technologies for social interaction with machines and multi-party human-machine conversation.