Q Describe what you do in your current work situation? A I'm a lead technical researcher in AT&T Labs--Research, based in Florham Park, NJ. I work on text-to-speech (TTS) synthesis, one of several speech technologies represented in the IP and Voice Services Research Lab. TTS technology converts standard text input into audible speech output. It can be used in many ways, such as speaking for people who cannot speak (you may have seen TTS used this way by physicist Stephen Hawking), screen reading for blind or dyslexic individuals, email reading over a cell phone, reading name and address information over the phone, hands and eyes free navigation while you're driving (or piloting a plane), entertainment (games and movies) and educational applications such as teaching reading, writing, or second language learning. You can check out our web page and interactive TTS demos at http://www.research.att.com/projects/tts/ -- it's a very popular website and lots of fun to play with! I also lead a text-to-speech technology American National Standards working group. We're currently working on defining standard methods of evaluating the intelligibility of TTS output.