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  • Of particular interest is the fact that TrulySecure is an on-device biometric identification system that does not rely on a connection to the cloud. Many users prefer this approach because they do not wish for their biometric data to be replicated and stored outside of their personal devices.

    Max Maxfield, EE Times
  • Speech recognition company Sensory is expanding into the computer vision space with a new smartphone security client that uses both voice and face recognition to lock down your phone.

    Kevin Fitchard, Gigaom
  • TrulySecure works by watching and listening as you repeat a passphrase a couple times. The system tracks the way your lips move and registers the unique attributes of your voice.

    Josh Ong, The Next Web
  • Sensory is continuing to exhibit leadership in handsfree control by allowing a secure multimodal biometric that doesn’t require touching devices to make them work.

    Dan Miller, Opus Research
  • With touchless control, Motorola and Google upped the ante.

    Eric Mack, CNET
  • Touchless mode...is the most useful feature [on Moto X].

    David Pogue, NY Times
  • MotoX is a fantastic phone with many great features. My favorite is Touchless Control… Ask it the weather, to call a friend or do a Google search, and it'll just do it, and you never have to touch the phone.

    Pete Pachal, Mashable
  • The defining feature of the Moto X is it’s a virtual ear, always straining to hear its owner’s voice say three magic words that will rouse it to action: "Okay, Google Now."

    Steven Levy, WIRED
  • The phone [Moto X] has all the standard features expected of today’s top smartphone, with a twist: the ability to control the phone by talking to it, without lifting a finger.

    The New York Times
  • The voice-response system, called BlueGenie is surprisingly accurate for such a small device. It's better than the voice system in my Blackberry phone.

    US News and World Report
  • [BlueGenie is] an intuitive voice control system...the finest voice recognition user interface we've seen.

    Good Gear Guide
  • Sensory is trying to revolutionize voice and speech recognition by creating TrulyHandsfree, which looks to evolve our interactions with our smart devices.

    Talk Android
  • It may not seem like much, but that little detail of getting the phone to wake up via a voice command - which Sensory calls ‘TrulyHandsfree’ - is one of the trickiest.

    Mashable
  • With its dual biometric factors, AppLock comes closer to the security-and-convenience ideal than I've ever seen.

    Mike Feibus, usatoday

Employment

Sensory offers an exciting opportunity at a growing technology company targeting consumer products with cutting edge speech recognition technologies and chips. Sensory is the leader in a growing market for voice user interfaces in consumer electronics. Notable Sensory specialties are voice interfaces for mobile communications, entertainment robotics, home automation and automotive. Sensory has design wins with major players in all these fields.

Sensory is always seeking the best talent to drive our company’s success. If you are interested in current or future opportunities, please follow the steps below:

Please indicate the job code you are interested in and email your cover letter and resume in MS Word or ASCII text format to: Careers At Sensory
*Please do not send documents in other word processor formats or in PostScript.

You can also apply via Postal Mail or Fax.

Sensory, Inc.
4701 Patrick Henry Drive, Bldg 7
Santa Clara, CA 95054
ATTN: Hiring Manager
Fax: (408) 625-3350

Sensory is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Positions:

Application Software Engineer

Job Code: 15-01

Location: Boulder, CO

Qualifications

Sensory is seeking a person with solid programming skills, experience with mobile/web UI development and interest in adding computer vision capabilities to Sensory’s industry-leading speech technology.

Primary Duties/Responsibilities

  • Developing applications of Sensory technology for mobile, web and PC platforms
  • Design and develop user interfaces
  • Design and develop internal tools and infrastructure for Vision team

Requirements and Preferences

  • Experience with UI design and implementation required
  • Experience with web development or iOS/Android application development required
  • Experience with a variety of operating systems (Mac OS X, Windows, Linux) required
  • Experience in C++ preferred
  • Experience with at least 1 high-level language (Java, Objective-C, ruby, python, etc) preferred
  • 2-5 years of industry experience preferred
  •  Industry experience in software development processes (such as source-control, continuous integration, unit-testing, etc) preferred
  • Knowledge of computer vision, speech technology and signal processing a plus

 

Application Software Engineer

Job Code: 14-24

Location: Portland, OR

Qualifications

Sensory is seeking a person with solid programming skills, experience with mobile/embedded systems and interest in deploying Sensory’s industry-leading speech technology.

Primary Duties/Responsibilities

  • Developing speech applications for mobile and embedded devices
  • Porting speech technology to mobile and embedded platforms
  • Maintaining and supporting existing speech tools and products

Requirements and Preferences

  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science required
  • Experience with a variety of operating systems required
  • Proficiency in C, Tcl (or similar) and Java required
  • Experience with software development on embedded systems and mobile devices required
  • Experience with Android and/or iOS application development required.
  • Knowledge of speech technology required
  • 2 or more years of industry experience required
  • Familiarity with LINUX preferred
  • Experience with web development preferred
  • Industry experience in software version control and software release processes preferred
Marketing Communications Manager

Job Code: 14-23

Location: Santa Clara, CA

Job Description

Sensory is seeking a smart and aggressive marcom professional with a background and experience in B2B PR for embedded technologies sold into mobile and consumer electronic markets. Sensory is a leader in providing speech recognition technologies into consumer products such as mobile phones and wearables. We have a long and successful history and a well-known customer base (Samsung, LG, Motorola, Mattel, etc.) of leading innovators in consumer electronics. We compete against large multi-billion dollar companies and we are beating them in the niche markets we take on. We are now under an aggressive expansion into vision technologies and other new areas. We would like to get our story told and are looking to establish an external marketing force to do that.

Primary Duties/Responsibilities

  • Work with CEO on PR and marketing strategy
  • Draft press releases, contact editors, bloggers, and analysts to tell our story
  • Improve & update online image – website, Wikipedia, Linked In, etc.
  • Plan/participate in events like Pepcom at CES, Mobile World Congress, etc.
  • Seek out and apply for industry awards
  • Assist in all external communications and documentation
  • Possibility to find/hire/manage external PR firm in the future
  • Manage GoogleAds, SEO, and other external “pull” marketing approaches

Requirements

  • 2-5 yrs PR agency experience running B2B technology
  • Strong contact base with mobile bloggers, writers, and industry analysts
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to get on the phone and make calls
  • Ability to tell a highly technical story
  • Knowledge of and opinions on web design
  • Excellent attention to detail, great follow-through and ability to multi-task
  • Experience with SEO and social networking on LinkedIn and B2B channels
  • Creative, intelligent, and organized individual

Preferences

  • A passion for breakthrough consumer HMI technology
  • Degree from a top school
  • Desire to take on responsibility and lead with minimal direction

Excellent pay, benefits and equity opportunity for the qualified candidate!

Senior Software Development Engineer

Job Code: 14-21

Location: Santa Clara, CA

Qualifications

The ideal candidate combines a high level of creativity and analytic ability, with get-it-done practicality and excellent work quality.

Primary Duties/Responsibilities

Software Programming

  • Implements speech recognition, synthesis, and voice processing algorithms and related software on hardware platforms, including Sensory chips.
  • Evaluates hardware platforms for feasibility of implementing Sensory technologies.
  • “Ports” existing technology software to various platforms including DSPs.
  • Develops and maintains in-house and customer tools to support the application of Sensory technologies.
  • Defines and implements simulations and scripts for validating, evaluating, and improving the performance of Sensory technologies.

Technology Algorithms

  • Learns and understands existing proprietary voice algorithms in depth.
  • Collaborates with the theoretical algorithms development group in the development and improvement of speech recognition, synthesis, and voice processing algorithms.

Requirements

  • MS in EE or CS.
  • Five years programming experience in product development.
  • Proficiency in assembly language and embedded “C”, demonstrated by a past primary programming role in one or more fully-released products.
  • Proven ability to work creatively in small teams and solo; equally adept at high-level algorithmic software design and low-level code optimization.
  • Ability to develop software from existing code, detailed specification, or general conceptual outline.
  • Broad and deep experience in signal processing for speech.
  • Solid knowledge of analytic techniques, statistics, mathematical modeling.
  • Experience with inter-process communications, message passing/queuing.
  • Good oral and written communication skills, ability to exchange and debate complex technical concepts face-to-face or remotely.
  • Familiarity with embedded systems hardware, ADCs, DACs, ability to read schematics.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Preferences

  • In-depth knowledge of multiple hardware platforms, especially DSPs.
  • Experience tuning AEC and Beam-forming algorithms – such as for mobile, auto, conf call, etc.
  • Experience developing for CSR BlueCore chips.
  • Experience with Perl, Tcl/TK, or similar scripting languages.
  • Experience with CVS or other revision control system.
Senior Research Scientist

Job Code: 14-20

Location: Boulder, CO (Preferred)

As a Senior Research Scientist within Sensory’s Vision Technologies team, you will bring your intelligence and drive to our patented and award-winning speech and vision technologies. Sensory (www.sensoryinc.com) is a leader in providing speech recognition technologies for consumer products. We’ve recently established a Vision Technologies team to create innovative new products that combine Sensory’s speech technology with world-class computer vision. That’s where you come in. We’re looking for an exceptional Research Scientist with deep knowledge in face recognition and related areas to join our small team of topnotch researchers located in Boulder CO. You’ll have the opportunity to work on cutting-edge mobile and desktop applications with real-world applications – Sensory’s speech technology has shipped in over half a billion units, and we want to do the same with our vision technology.

Performance Objectives

Here’s what you’ll do when you join the Sensory Vision team:

  • Extend and improve our existing algorithms: help us continue to improve our face recognition and speech technologies, improving accuracy, robustness and ease of use.
  • Create new vision-based biometrics: help us deepen the connections between voice and face by looking at things like lip tracking, or exploring 3-D face recognition.
  • Extend our technologies: take us beyond biometrics or computer vision, in areas such as demographics, lip reading, gesture recognition, and sensor fusion. Bring your ideas on what can be done to leverage our existing technology and then make those ideas real, whether it involves taking existing algorithms off the shelf or inventing new ones in house.
  • Provide technology leadership: we’re innovators – that’s what makes us successful. We need someone who is going to bring vision and technical knowledge to help us maintain our industry leadership. You will need to keep track of new developments in computer vision and bring them to bear on our problems.

Qualifications

  • You have a passion for algorithms. You follow trends in the industry and peruse various signal processing magazines. You’ve contributed your own papers, and hopefully filed patents as well. As a result, you are intimately familiar with a wide array of video processing and machine learning methods.
  • You understand deeply why designing the algorithm itself is just one part of delivering a real solution. There are lots of reasons for this: your test data never quite covers what you will actually experience in the field, there are almost always considerations related to bandwidth or processing power or something else that put constraints on what you can do, and the calibration and configuration steps cannot require the end user to obtain a Ph.D. to complete. But these are challenges you relish.
  • You’ll need some solid programming experience. We work primarily in C/C++ and Matlab. If you’ve done those, that’s great, but we mostly just need to be convinced that you understand algorithm optimization issues, are comfortable with OOP, and understand issues related to speed and footprint of the code you write.
  • There’s lots of buzz about security and biometrics, and Sensory is perfectly positioned to be a major player in making that vision reality. So if you’ve thought seriously about how to approach this, then you’ll find opportunities here to try those ideas out.
Technologist

Job Code: 13-04
Location: Portland, OR

Qualifications

  • Strong background in pattern recognition (e.g. speech, vision etc), or related field
  • Ability to develop and implement new or derived algorithms within the limitations of low-power and embedded platforms
  • Ability to prosper and work collaboratively with an innovative technology development team
  • A generalist, rather than a specialist, with proven ability to learn from related fields

Primary Duties/Responsibilities

  • Contributing to research and development of Sensory’s embedded speech recognition algorithms

Requirements

  • Ph.D. with a focus on pattern recognition or statistical modeling preferred; master’s degree required
  • Demonstrated ability to lead technology evolution with disciplined processes shown by papers and past accomplishments required
  • Demonstrated ability in pattern recognition systems required
  • Strong knowledge of C required

Preferences

  • Fundamental understanding of signal processing preferred
  • Strong knowledge of Tcl and/or other scripting language preferred
  • 3 or more years of experience in industry preferred
Linguist

Job Code: 12-02

Qualifications

Seeking Linguist with interest in speech technology. Must be able to juggle multiple projects and priorities, and very organized with strong attention to detail. Must be a fast learner interested in phonetics, phonology and technical concepts. Must be comfortable with customer interaction.

Primary Duties/Responsibilities

  • Develop, tune and test speaker-independent recognition sets and speech prompts for customer projects.
  • Recruit and record internal participants for tuning and testing of speech recognition sets for customer and internal projects
  • Recruit participants for QA testing of tuned recognition sets for customer and internal projects.
  • Review recognition vocabulary lexical properties and menu structure for optimal customer product performance.
  • Interact with customers to provide guidance on dialogue design and recognition set makeup for optimal speech recognition success rate
  • Work with Sensory engineers to deliver project vocabularies, translations, speech prompts, etc on schedule.
  • Assist with QA testing of Sensory’s QT2SI (Quick Text-to-Speaker-Independent) recognition set building tool and other Linguistics tools and provide feedback and bug reports to Engineering.
  • Responsible for sourcing TTS voice talents auditions, assist in selection of voices

Requirements and Preferences

  • B.A./B.S. in Linguistics required; M.A in Linguistics preferred
  • 1-5 years total job experience with demonstrated focus in linguistics required
  • Excellent understanding of phonological and phonetic concepts required
  • Ability to interpret spectrograms and transcribe in IPA required
  • Computer literate (Windows, DOS) and experience with Microsoft applications required
  • Experience using tools such as Audition, Peak, Sound Forge, or Praat preferred
  • Knowledge of WorldBet or SAMPA preferred
  • Fluency in at least one foreign language preferred
Product Marketing Manager

Job Code: 12-04

Qualifications

This position requires a smart, energetic, technical, self-directing, creative, hard working, very well organized, and flexible individual. We offer an exciting opportunity at a growing technology company targeting consumer product and telephony manufacturers with a line of cutting edge speech chips and technologies. We are the leader in a growing market for voice user interfaces in consumer electronics. An ideal candidate will combine a strong technical background along with experience in product marketing of wireless, consumer or microcontroller IC’s. Must be comfortable with broad set of duties/responsibilities.

Primary Duties/Responsibilities

  • Product Planning & Management – Manage Sensory product releases (IC’s, Software, and Tools) and help drive the development of new products, features, and technologies.
  • Documentation and Collateral – Responsible for look, feel, accuracy, standardization, and control of all Sensory documents going out to customers. Manage contract technical editors.
  • Market/Customer Research – Collect customer information and feedback, analyze data, and conduct research to better understand and explore new market opportunities.
  • Sales Tools – Create and maintain tools to help sales efforts (lit, demo’s, mktg. programs, etc.)
    Internet/Web Marketing – Attract customers through the Internet
  • Concept Marketing – Invent new applications for Sensory’s technology, and sell the concepts.
    MARCOM & Rep Marketing – Insure press coverage in target markets, assist in tradeshows, lead communications with international rep network.
  • Strategic Planning – Assist the management team in charting Sensory’s business, market, and product stategies.

Requirements and Preferences

  • 2 years experience as a Marketing Manager, preferably with consumer IC’s or telecom ICs.
  • Strong technical and market knowledge of as many of the following markets as possible: wireless handsets, PDA’s, toys, hands free speakerphones, VOIP and SOHO phones, consumer electronics and home appliances.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • BSEE and/or MBA. Top School Preferred.
Senior Research Technologist - Position A

Job Code: 12-06

Qualifications

  • Strong background in large-vocabulary continuous-speech recognition
  • Experience in porting algorithms to embedded processor and mobile platforms
  • Ability to develop and implement new or derived algorithms within the limitations of low-power and embedded platforms
  • Ability to prosper and work collaboratively with an innovative technology development team

Primary Duties/Responsibilities

  • Driving research and development of robust parsing in Sensory’s large vocabulary continuous speech recognition system
  • Contributing to research and development of language modeling components of Sensory’s technology
  • Contributing to research and development of grammar-directed search and information retrieval components of Sensory’s technology
  • Porting and supporting porting of applicable technologies to embedded platforms, including different processors, memory subsystems, operating systems (or lack thereof) and audio channels
  • Quoting projects to develop new technologies or port existing technologies

Requirements and Preferences

  • Ph.D. with a focus on speech recognition or related field preferred; master’s degree required
  • Demonstrated ability to lead technology evolution with disciplined processes shown by papers and past accomplishments required.
  • Demonstrated ability in speech recognition systems required.
  • Fundamental understanding of computer architecture required.
  • Strong knowledge of C required.
  • Strong knowledge of Tcl and/or other scripting language preferred.
  • 3 or more years of experience in the speech recognition industry preferred.
Senior Research Technologist - Position B

Job Code: 12-07

Qualifications

  • Strong background in large-vocabulary continuous-speech recognition
  • Experience in porting algorithms to embedded processor and mobile platforms
  • Ability to develop and implement new or derived algorithms within the limitations of low-power and embedded platforms
  • Ability to prosper and work collaboratively with an innovative technology development team

Primary Duties/Responsibilities

  • Driving research and development of noise-robust front end of Sensory’s speech recognition systems
  • Developing state-of-the-art, novel algorithms for noise-robust and minimal-footprint speech recognition systems
  • Porting and supporting porting of applicable technologies to embedded platforms, including different processors, memory subsystems, operating systems (or lack thereof) and audio channels
  • Quoting projects to develop new technologies or port existing technologies

Requirements and Preferences

  • Ph.D. with a focus on speech recognition or related field preferred; master’s degree required
  • Demonstrated ability to lead technology evolution with disciplined processes shown by papers and past accomplishments required.
  • Demonstrated ability in speech recognition systems required.
  • Fundamental understanding of computer architecture required.
  • Strong knowledge of C required.
  • Strong knowledge of Tcl and/or other scripting language preferred.
  • 3 or more years of experience in the speech recognition industry preferred.

 

Senior Research Technologist - Position C

Job Code: 12-08

Qualifications

  • Strong background in large-vocabulary continuous-speech recognition
  • Experience in porting algorithms to embedded processor and mobile platforms
  • Ability to develop and implement new or derived algorithms within the limitations of low-power and embedded platforms
  • Ability to prosper and work collaboratively with an innovative technology development team

Primary Duties/Responsibilities

  • Driving research and development to improve quality of acoustic modeling within limitations of wide-ranging systems, from very small to very large footprints
  • Porting and supporting porting of applicable technologies to embedded platforms, including different processors, memory subsystems, operating systems (or lack thereof) and audio channels
  • Quoting projects to develop new technologies or port existing technologies

Requirements and Preferences

  • Ph.D. with a focus on speech recognition or related field preferred; master’s degree required
  • Demonstrated ability to lead technology evolution with disciplined processes shown by papers and past accomplishments required.
  • Demonstrated ability in speech recognition systems required.
  • Fundamental understanding of computer architecture required.
  • Strong knowledge of C required.
  • Strong knowledge of Tcl and/or other scripting language preferred.
  • 3 or more years of experience in the speech recognition industry preferred.