We hire top speech and language scientists and engineers, but we don't live in an ivory tower. 


Jeff Adams

CEO, Founder

Jeff Adams has been managing top-level speech & language technology research for 20 years.  Until 6 years ago, he worked at Nuance / Dragon, where he was responsible for developing and improving speech recognition for Nuance’s “Dragon” dictation software. He presided over many of the key improvements in the 1990s and 2000s that brought this technology into the mainstream and enabled widespread consumer adoption.

Jeff left Nuance in 2009 for Yap, a company specializing in voicemail to text transcription. Jeff assembled a strong team of 12 speech scientists who within two years were able to beat all of their competitors on an unbiased test set. They also matched the performance of a competitor who used (off-shore) human transcription. Their success caught the interest of Amazon, who acquired Yap in 2011 to jump start their new speech & language research lab. At Amazon, Jeff led efforts to build one of the industry’s leading speech & language groups, a team that built products such as the Echo, Dash, and Fire TV.  Jeff left Amazon in 2014 to create Cobalt Speech and Language


ANDREW FLETCHER

VP, Research

Andrew is an experienced research engineer with broad expertise in information system architecture, information theory, communication systems, signal processing, and quantum computing.  Prior to his time at Cobalt, Andrew spent 15 years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.  He led research projects on undersea laser communication and quantum cryptography and was a leading system engineer for free-space laser communication systems for NASA and the US Department of Defense.  Andrew earned a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering. At MIT, he was in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS), and was advised by Peter Shor, a leading theorist in quantum computing and information. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Brigham Young University.


STAN SALVADOR

Chief Scientist

 

Stan is the Chief Scientist at Cobalt and takes a lead role in the technical approach on Cobalt projects.  Prior to Cobalt, Stan was a key speech scientist at Amazon. He was at Amazon for four years, contributing directly to acoustic modeling (AM) on the Echo as well as to other Amazon speech projects like Fire TV, Dash, and Shopping.  Stan worked three years at Yap, where he was a key contributor on Yap’s voicemail recognition platform.  Stan also worked in machine learning applications at NASA, General Dynamics, and NuTech Solutions.  Stan earned an M.S. in Computer Science at the Florida Institute of Technology.


SCott Earnshaw

General Counsel

 

Scott Earnshaw is a start-up attorney with substantial experience dealing in new technologies. He also has significant in-house legal experience. 

His focus has been on patent licensing, internet and emerging energy technologies. He has worked with sports leagues, financial services and mergers and acquisitions.

Working with Cobalt Speech and Language technical team was the best choice we could have made. The speech and language scientists and software team at Cobalt were extremely knowledgeable and professional. The Cobalt team met the scheduled deliverables providing us with a quality product. They function as a member of our team offering expertise and the needed resources for us to develop our products.
— Megan Davies, Canary Speech, LLC