Robert Powers has backgrounds in visual physiology, high-resolution radar imaging, speech recognition, biometrics and semantics.
At the speech start-up that emerged from Caltech, he co-developed a novel phoneme-based classifier for recognizing untrained, continuous speech over the phone. The research forms the basis for the company's recognition engine to this day. The biometric graph matcher that Bob wrote for the biometrics start-up supported a national identity system. In speech and biometrics he has written four patents.
Bob brings an interest in semantics from his undergraduate training in epistemology, with a particular emphasis on the challenges of difficult formal descriptions.
Robert Powers earned his B.S. in Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the California Institute of Technology. Bob's Caltech thesis addressed the electrophysiology of photoreceptor vision in Drosophila, and his post-doctoral work at the University of Texas Medical Branch expanded on some of this work, studying spatio-temporal responses of visual neurons in the eye of the catfish.