Rolandi, Ph.D., has over 20 years of experience in applied
artificial intelligence. He has developed and deployed expert systems for
Blue Cross and Blue Shield, NCR Corporation (both in Columbia, S.C., and in
Milan, Italy) and Horizon Research, Inc. (A Mitsubishi R&D company). Areas
of research have included expert systems, knowledge engineering methodology,
machine learning, speaker independent continuous speech recognition,
text-to-speech technologies and conversational dialog systems.
Before founding The Voice User Interface Company, LLC, Rolandi was the
Director of Applied Research for Conita Technologies, Inc., a speech
application and platform company. There, he was responsible for the
definition and evaluation of the "user experience." Additionally, his duties
included the creation and incorporation of new methods and technologies to
enhance the intelligence of Conita's Personal Virtual Assistants. Avaya
acquired the company in early 2002.
Since the late nineties, Dr. Rolandi has been very active in the speech
community, speaking at a number of academic and commercial speech technology
conferences around the world. In addition to numerous other publications
and presentations, Dr. Rolandi writes a regular column for Speech Technology Magazine called The Human Factor.