Franco Mana is a Principal Research Scientist in Nuance’s Central Research department. Franco’s interest in neural networks started in 1990, and since then, he has contributed to various developmental stages of neural network technologies as applied to speech recognition systems. These contributions include adopting graphic cards (GPU) for neural network acceleration and introducing parallel algorithms to make training large neural network models possible. He is a co-inventor of multiple patents ranging from neural network technology to signal processing. Prior to joining Nuance in 2011, Franco held a research position at a small technology company controlled by an Italian telephone company operating in speech recognition and synthesis systems. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Turin University in Italy.