Director, Solutions Architect, Cobalt Speech


Trinity College, Oxford: MEng, Engineering and Computer Science, followed by an MPhil and PhD in automatic speech recognition from the University of Cambridge

Career History

Speech Scientist and Manager of Applied Science and Alexa AI, at Amazon. Developing Alexa’s speech and implementing it on other Amazon devices. Speech recognition research projects as an Associate at University of Cambridge and Toshiba.  


Research projects including: using ultrasounds to detect breast cancer, developing a dialogue system between a human and a computer. Catherine worked on Alexa’s speech recognition, and how to take it from the Echo speaker to other devices like the Fire TV.


“There’s a lot of interesting things going on in machine learning and artificial intelligence right now. It’s a great area to look at because it spans different areas; maths, computing, user interface design, project management; a whole bunch of capabilities which means that you don’t have to be somebody who is going to dive right into the algorithms to be able to work on the technology.  There’s a large choice of different career paths you can take.”

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