Bret Harsham

Bret Harsham
  • Position:
    Research / Technical Staff

    Principal Research Scientist
  • Education:
    B.Sc., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006
  • Research Areas:
  • 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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  • MERL Publications

    •  Hori, T., Wang, H., Hori, C., Watanabe, S., Harsham, B.A., Le Roux, J., Hershey, J.R., Koji, Y., Jing, Y., Zhu, Z., Aikawa, T., "Dialog State Tracking with Attention-based Sequence-to-sequence Learning", IEEE Workshop on Spoken Language Technology (SLT), DOI: 10.1109/SLT.2016.7846317, December 2016, pp. 552-558.
    •  Hori, C., Watanabe, S., Hori, T., Harsham, B.A., Hershey, J.R., Koji, Y., Fujii, Y., Furumoto, Y., "Driver Confusion Status Detection Using Recurrent Neural Networks", IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME), DOI: 10.1109/ICME.2016.7552966, July 2016.
    •  Harsham, B.A.; Watanabe, S.; Esenther, A.; Hershey, J.R.; Le Roux, J.; Luan, Y.; Nikovski, D.N.; Potluru, V.K., "Driver Prediction to Improve Interaction with In-Vehicle HMI", Workshop on DSP for In-Vehicle Systems and Safety, October 2015.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR2015-120
      • @inproceedings{Harsham2015oct,
      • author = {Harsham, B.A. and Watanabe, S. and Esenther, A. and Hershey, J.R. and {Le Roux}, J. and Luan, Y. and Nikovski, D.N. and Potluru, V.K.},
      • title = {Driver Prediction to Improve Interaction with In-Vehicle HMI},
      • booktitle = {Workshop on DSP for In-Vehicle Systems and Safety},
      • year = 2015,
      • month = oct,
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2015-120}
      • }
    •  Luan, Y.; Watanabe, S.; Harsham, B.A., "Efficient Learning for Spoken Language Understanding Tasks with Word Embedding Based Pre-Training", Interspeech, ISBN: 978-1-5108-1790-6, September 2015, vol. 1 or 5, pp. 1398-1402.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR2015-097
      • @inproceedings{Luan2015sep,
      • author = {Luan, Y. and Watanabe, S. and Harsham, B.A.},
      • title = {Efficient Learning for Spoken Language Understanding Tasks with Word Embedding Based Pre-Training},
      • booktitle = {Interspeech},
      • year = 2015,
      • volume = {1 or 5},
      • pages = {1398--1402},
      • month = sep,
      • isbn = {978-1-5108-1790-6},
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2015-097}
      • }
    •  Zhang, J.; Borowsky, A.; Schmidt-Nielsen, B.; Harsham, B.; Weinberg, G.; Romoser, M.R.E.; Fisher, D.L., "Evaluation of Two Types of In-Vehicle Music Retrieval and Navigation Systems", Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), October 2012.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR2012-097
      • @inproceedings{Zhang2012oct,
      • author = {Zhang, J. and Borowsky, A. and Schmidt-Nielsen, B. and Harsham, B. and Weinberg, G. and Romoser, M.R.E. and Fisher, D.L.},
      • title = {Evaluation of Two Types of In-Vehicle Music Retrieval and Navigation Systems},
      • booktitle = {Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)},
      • year = 2012,
      • month = oct,
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2012-097}
      • }
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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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