Nuance’s Ron Kaplan awarded honorary doctorate from University of Copenhagen

At a recent ceremony in Denmark, Nuance’s Ron Kaplan was presented with an honorary doctorate from the University of Copenhagen for his distinguished contributions to the rapidly evolving areas of linguistics and natural language understanding technology. Ron’s work has been instrumental in the increasingly humanlike interactions between people and devices, from consumer products to healthcare solutions.
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Nuance’s Ron Kaplan, Senior Director and Distinguished Scientist, R&D, has been a leading innovator in the areas of linguistics and natural language understanding technology for over three decades.

His many contributions to the field have helped to shape the way people and businesses interact with language technology. In recognition of his seminal contributions, Ron was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Copenhagen.

Ron and his fellow recipients received their honorary doctorates at a special ceremony at the historic school on Friday, November 15th, which included a greeting with Queen Margrethe II. In addition to the degree ceremony, the honorees were distinguished guests at a special symphony performed for the university.

Ron delivered two public lectures at the university.  In one, titled ‘Conversing with Technology,’ he discussed some of the novel technologies that are being developed to support natural language conversation between humans and computers. These innovations will further simplify the interactions people have with the complex devices that are now utilized in everyday life.

Ron’s achievements in theoretical and computational linguistics are virtually unparalleled.  Prior to joining Nuance, Ron led natural language research at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center for more than 25 years and also held key research and science positions at Microsoft Corporation and Powerset, Inc. Ron is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and a co-recipient of the ACM’s Software Systems Award, which recognizes institutions and individuals that have developed software systems with lasting influence.

In addition to his honorary doctorate, Ron holds a B.A. in mathematics and language behavior from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in social psychology and psycholinguistics from Harvard University.

Please join us here at Nuance in congratulating Ron on his latest achievements.

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About Vlad Sejnoha

As Nuance's Chief Technology Officer, Vlad Sejnoha oversees Nuance's research and focuses on core technology and product strategy, with an emphasis on emerging areas including natural language processing and mobile applications. Prior to joining Nuance, Vlad was Chief Scientist at L&H, and earlier at Kurzweil AI, where he was responsible for creating technology for a number of commercially successful speech recognition products, including large vocabulary continuous speech dictation systems. Vlad has over 20 years of experience in the field of speech recognition and holds thirteen US patents. Vlad is originally from the Czech Republic and later moved to Montreal and Mexico City for several years. He has since put down roots in the Boston-area where he currently lives with his wife and son. In his spare time, Vlad is an avid cyclist and diver, often traveling to various exotic locations such as French Polynesia.