I am a Managing Senior Research Scientist at Educational Testing Service, working on automated scoring of non-native spoken language. Since 2009, I have been leading the Speech Team in the NLP & Speech Group in the R&D Division.
As a result of the research and development efforts of our team since 2002, a first version of the patented speech scoring system SpeechRater(SM) has been scoring TOEFL(R) Practice Online Speaking tests since 2006.
My education includes four MS and MA degrees in computer science,
linguistics, cognitive science and computational linguistics, a Mini-MBA from
Rutgers University, as well as a Ph.D. in Language and Information Technologies
Contact: kzechner AT ets DOT org
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