Alexa & Friends features Spyros Matsoukas, senior principal applied scientist, Alexa AI
Matsoukas discusses his focus on automatic speech recognition, natural understanding, and dialogue management, as well as how those research domains are making Alexa more intelligent and useful.
On April 22, senior principal applied scientist Spyros Matsoukas joined principal Alexa evangelist Jeff Blankenburg on Alexa & Friends to discuss his broad portfolio of work on Alexa, including speech recognition, machine translation, natural language understanding, and dialogue management.
Watch the replay of the live discussion where the two discuss Matsoukas’s career, what inspired him to pursue a career in conversational AI, and what he sees as the future for the field.
Matsoukas has been with the Alexa AI organization for more than seven years, helping to launch Alexa, expand voice technology into new languages, and enable Alexa to learn from customers and respond more accurately to their requests.
Before joining Amazon, he worked at BBN Technologies, conducting research in acoustic modeling for ASR, speaker diarization, statistical machine translation, speaker identification, and language identification.
He has contributed to more than 60 publications in peer reviewed conferences and journals, with three best paper awards.
Matsoukas earned a master’s degree in computer science from Northeastern University, as well as a master’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Patras, Greece.