Rohit Kumar

Dr. Rohit Kumar is a Senior Researcher at Spotify where he is building conversational systems for digital content consumption. The central themes of Rohit's research is amplifying human productivity and enriching the experience of interacting with machines through the use of speech and language technologies.

Till 2017, Dr. Kumar was a senior scientist at BBN Technologies leading technology development efforts for intelligent tutoring and real-time speech translation systems. His work directly contributed to increasing system resilience against failures in speech recognition and machine translation, making translation systems rapidly adaptable for timely deployment in emergencies scenarios and deploying state-of-the-art education/training technologies.

Dr. Kumar is a senior member of IEEE and has authored over 60 publications. He graduated from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh and received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. His dissertation studied conversational systems for improving human collaboration. He developed technologies for social interaction with machines and multi-party human-machine conversation.

Rohit spends his summer growing vegetables in Massachusetts and winters traveling the American southwest. He is fascinated by the American Roadrunner and the desert plant Ocotillo.