Bret Harsham

Bret Harsham
  • Biography

    Before joining MERL in 2001, Bret worked at Dragon Systems on handheld and automotive speech products. At MERL, he works on research projects in the area of speech and multimodal applications, with a focus on effectiveness and usability. Past research projects have included work on multi-user touch interfaces and the safety & usability of in-car speech applications.

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  • Internships with Bret

    • SA1320: Deep Network Information Security

      We are seeking graduate students interested in helping advance the field of network and information security using the latest developments in deep learning. The intern will collaborate with MERL researchers to derive and implement new models and optimization methods, conduct experiments, and prepare results for publication. The ideal candidate would be a senior Ph.D. student with experience in deep networks, natural language processing, and network security. The duration of the internship is expected to be 3-6 months. The internship can be scheduled either during the summer or at another time of year.

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  • MERL Issued Patents

    • Title: "Method for using a Multi-Scale Recurrent Neural Network with Pretraining for Spoken Language Understanding Tasks"
      Inventors: Watanabe, Shinji; Luan, Yi; Harsham, Bret A.
      Patent No.: 9,607,616
      Issue Date: Mar 28, 2017
    • Title: "Actions Prediction for Hypothetical Driving Conditions"
      Inventors: Harsham, Bret A.; Hershey, John R.; Le Roux, Jonathan; Nikovski, Daniel N.; Esenther, Alan W.
      Patent No.: 9,434,389
      Issue Date: Sep 6, 2016
    • Title: "Method and System for Autonomously Delivering Information to Drivers"
      Inventors: Nikovski, Daniel N.; Harsham, Bret A.; Hershey, John R.; Brinkman, Dirk
      Patent No.: 9,305,306
      Issue Date: Apr 5, 2016
    • Title: "Determining Word Sequence Constraints for Low Cognitive Speech Recognition"
      Inventors: Harsham, Bret A.; Hershey, John R.
      Patent No.: 9,196,246
      Issue Date: Nov 24, 2015
    • Title: "Method and System for Dynamically Adapting user Interfaces in Vehicle Navigation Systems to Minimize Interaction Complexity"
      Inventors: Nikovski, Daniel N.; Hershey, John R.; Harsham, Bret A.; Le Roux, Jonathan
      Patent No.: 9,170,119
      Issue Date: Oct 27, 2015
    • Title: "System and Method for Recognizing Speech"
      Inventors: Harsham, Bret A.; Hershey, John R.
      Patent No.: 9,159,317
      Issue Date: Oct 13, 2015
    • Title: "Method for Indexing for Retrieving Documents Using Particles"
      Inventors: Ramakrishnan, Bhiksha R.; Gouvea, Evandro B.; Harsham, Bret A.; Schmidt-Nielsen, Bent K.; Weinberg, Garrett L.
      Patent No.: 8,229,921
      Issue Date: Jul 24, 2012
    • Title: "Method for Interacting With Users of Speech Recognition Systems"
      Inventors: Schmidt-Nielsen, Bent K.; Weinberg, Garrett L.; Ramakrishnan, Bhiksha R.; Harsham, Bret A.
      Patent No.: 7,917,368
      Issue Date: Mar 29, 2011
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