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Marsal Gavalda, Ph.D.


Director of Machine Intelligence at Yik Yak

Senior R&D executive with deep expertise in speech, language, and machine learning technologies. Adept at articulating strategic vision, driving product design and implementation, and even debugging code. Organizer of an annual science and culture seminar on topics as diverse as machine translation, music, or the neuroscience of free will.

Upcoming/recent speaking engagements:
- "X as a Service: a practical guide to consuming and building APIs" tech talk at HackDuke (Duke University, Durham, NC, November 7, 2015) 
- "Working with language data" guest lectures at Georgia State University (Atlanta, September 16 and October 30, 2015)
- "Narrowing the speech divide" at SpeechTEK (NYC, August 17-19, 2015)
- "New technologies and autism" multidisciplinary seminar (Barcelona, July 6-7, 2015)
- "Listening to everyone" at Mobile Voice (San Jose, CA, April 20-21, 2015)
- "Building industrial-strength APIs" seminar + hackathon at KAIST (Daejeon, Korea, February 23-27, 2015)
- "Developing context-aware applications" at DEVIEW (Seoul, September 29-30, 2014)
- "Phonetic vs. word-based speech analytics" at SpeechTEK (NYC, August 18-20, 2014)
- "The transparent brain" multidisciplinary seminar (Barcelona, July 3-4, 2014)
- "What anticipatory computing means for mobile and location marketing" at Digital Summit (Atlanta, May 20-21, 2014)
- "The evolution of personal assistants" at Mobile Voice (San Francisco, March 3-5, 2014)
- "Augmenting conversations with a speech understanding anticipatory search engine" at IEEE ASRU (Olomouc, December 8-12, 2013)

Specialties:
- R&D in speech & language technologies and machine learning
- Driving innovation from research to engineering to marketing
- Astute communicator for all audiences
- Fluent in English, Spanish, German, and Catalan, working knowledge of Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Italian, and French