Description: Technical lead on speech recognition development.
Kurt S. Godden
Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Labs, Camden, NJ 08102, U.S.A.
December 2001 -- Present. Principal Engineer, Lockheed Martin
Technology Labs. Camden, NJ.
Technical lead on speech recognition development.
August 2000 - November 2001. Director of Linguistics. JustTalk,
Ann Arbor, MI.
Responsible for all language-related R&D at startup company
specializing in speech recognition for mobile professionals.
June 2000--July 2000. Principal Engineer, Translation
Technologies. GM Service Operations.
Promoted to highest technical level in GM. Responsible for
1997--May 2000. Manager, Translation Process Development. GM
Managed a budget of up to $10M for translations into 12 languages;
Controlled language and machine translation project manager;
Liaison with GM Europe and Saab on translation issues.
1982--1996. Senior Research Scientist. Computer Science Dept, GM
R&D Center. Research in AI, machine translation, natural language
processing, and engineering design.
1983. Lecturer, Computer and Information Sciences Dept, Oakland
University, Rochester, MI. Taught Intro to Information Structures.
1980--1982. Visiting Assistant Professor. Computer Science Dept,
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Taught Intro to
Computing, Discrete Structures, Data Structures and Algorithms,
Formal Languages and Automata, Computational Linguistics.
1974--1980. Graduate teaching assistant. Linguistics Dept,
University of Kansas. Taught the Nature of Language, Languages of
M.S. 1996. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Management of
Ph.D. 1981. University of Kansas. Computational Linguistics.
Thesis topic: Machine Translation.
M.Phil. 1978. University of Kansas. Theoretical Linguistics.
M.A. 1977. University of Kansas. Applied Linguistics.
B.S. 1973. Iowa State University. English with German minor.
American Association for Artificial Intelligence, Association for
Computational Linguistics, Association for Machine Translation in
the Americas, Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, American
Publications & Presentations
25+ publications in conferences and journals. 15+ non-publication
talks, including invited plenary speaker at the LISA Forum in
Madrid, various panels, conferences, universities. Available upon
Popular and Trade Press
Various interviews & articles, including NY Times Magazine.
Available upon request.
Board of Advisors, Semantix, Inc. of Montreal, Canada, an internet
portal. Elected to Board of Directors, Association for Machine
Translation in the Americas, 2000-2001; Distinguished Speaker,
American Translators Association; Program committee for various
language conferences, including steering committee for annual
international symposium on multilingual documentation for the
automotive industry; Chair of Society of Automotive Engineers
(SAE) J2450 task force on translation quality metrics; Voting
member, American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) F1548
translation quality standard.
Selected by the American Translators Association as a
distinguished speaker for 2000; Voted best speaker by attendees at
SAE Multilingual TOPTEC symposium in Amsterdam, 1999; Founder's
Award of Excellence, finalist, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute;
Academic Achievement Award, General Motors; Linguistics Award,
University of Kansas; Honors Program Graduate & Full tuition
academic scholarship, Iowa State University.
Foreign language skills:
German, good; French, fair; Thai, Greek, Latin, poor.
Numerous business trips to Europe, plus:
3 months in Leuven, Belgium with LANT on the CASL project for GM.
3 months in Munich, Germany with Siemens on the CASL project for
6 months in Bangkok, Thailand.