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.