Our Team

The AppTek Team

Mr. Yaghi has over 25 years of experience in project management, software design, development and implementation. He has led information technology programs to meet mission-critical objectives. Mr. Yaghi has broad experience with technology and management. Mr. Yaghi has decades of natural language processing (NLP) and human language technology (HLT) experience. He has a Master of Science degree in Information Systems from the George Washington University and a Bachelor degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Mr. Shihadah has three decades of experience in the field of software design and development, project / program management, and technical consulting. His applications include financial and banking software, insurance programs, machine translation, and MT test corpus development. Mr. Shihadah has extensive experience in human language technologies and business development. He has a Master of Science degree in Computer and Information Science from the University of Oregon.

Director of Science
Professor Ney is a professor of computer science at RWTH Aachen University in Aachen, Germany. His interests lie in the area of statistical methods for pattern recognition and human language technology and their specific applications to speech recognition, machine translation and image object recognition. In particular, he has worked on dynamic programming and discriminative training for speech recognition, on language modelling and on phrase-based approaches to machine translation. His work has resulted in more than 700 conference and journal papers. Based on Google Scholar, he has more than 31500 citations and an h index of 80. He is a fellow of both the IEEE and of the International Speech Communication Association. In 2005, he was the recipient of the Technical Achievement Award of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. In 2010, he was awarded a senior DIGITEO chair at LIMIS/CNRS in Paris, France. In 2013, he received the award of honor of the International Association for Machine Translation.

Mr. Cook has more than 20 years experience with all aspects of software development and production (design, architecture, implementation, project management). He specializes in the development and deployment of human language technology products and systems. Mr. Cook has deployed large-scale machine translation and media monitoring systems for U.S. government and commercial organizations. Mr. Cook has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the American College of Computer and Information Sciences.

Mr. Rhodes has more than 30 years of experience in financial management, corporate finance, and M&A transactions. He has been involved with over $450 million of financing or M&A transactions in his career, while working for large corporations (United Technologies Corporation), startups (Geostellar), venture capital (Defense Enterprise Fund) and private equity companies, such as MCG Capital Corporation. Mr. Rhodes has significant expertise in financial modeling, driving profitability, restructuring and turnaround situations, and risk management. He has a BS degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) at Hartford.

Chief Revenue Officer
Mr. Veronis is a seasoned corporate professional with a track-record in business development and growth in artificial intelligence and machine learning, especially automatic speech recognition and machine translation. His business and product experience in this field was enhanced by his involvement in big data projects with a special focus on analytics. Mike helps customers with their business transformation programs. Mike earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Loyola University of Maryland.  Outside of work, Mike is the founder of a non-profit organization created to provide positive social impact helping children at-risk.

Chief Scientist, HLT
Dr. Jiang has over 18 years of experience in speech and audio processing, statistics, and machine learning. Previously he was a Technical Fellow at SAIC, recognized for his exceptional scientific contributions. Dr. Jiang received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA in 2003.

Tech Lead
Mr. Proskuryakov joined AppTek as a Tech Lead to support software development and architecture of products and services.

Senior Engineer, Speech and Language
Mr. Zaplo has 17 years of experience in speech recognition, pattern matching and machine learning. He received his Diplom in computer science from RWTH Aachen in 1998.

Engineer, Speech and Language
Mr. Pesch has over four years of experience in working with language-related technologies. He has a strong background in machine learning and its applications to speech recognition and computer vision. Mr. Pesch received his M.Sc. in Computer Science from RWTH Aachen University.

Sr. Speech Scientist and R&D Manager
Mr. Golik joined AppTek to lead the science R&D team in Aachen. His research focuses on acoustic modeling and adaptation.  He maintains the RWTH Aachen University Open Source Speech Recognition Toolkit and is one of main contributors of the DARPA Babel project.

Lead Science Architect, Machine Translation
Dr. Matusov is currently the Lead Science Architect of Machine Translation (MT) at AppTek.  He rejoined AppTek in 2018, after holding the position of Director of Machine Translation Research at eBay. Matusov developed machine translation and language generation models in multiple languages, powering eBay’s cross border trade and structured data initiatives. Prior to joining eBay, Matusov was the Director of Machine Translation at AppTek and led efforts to create AppTek’s own MT decoder and train MT systems for over 20 language pairs.  From 2010 to 2013, Matusov was part of the machine translation science team at SAIC, and was recognized as SAIC Technical Fellow in 2012 for his achievements.  Matusov’s research focus was on leveraging of phrase translation models in hybrid neural MT systems, topic adaptation, as well as translation into morphologically rich languages.  Matusov received his diploma degree in computer science from RWTH Aachen University in 2003 and a PhD in Computer Science from Aachen University in 2009.

Sr. Machine Learning Scientist
Mr. Doetsch joined AppTek as a Sr. Machine Learning Scientist, focusing on pattern recognition, human language technology, machine learning, recurrent neural networks and handwriting recognition. He was a summer intern at Google (California) in 2012 and 2014. He is actively published in journals and conference proceedings including the latest one from NIPS 2016 End-to-end Learning for Speech and Audio Processing Workshop.

Speech Scientist
Mr. Zeyer has been developing software since 1995. Mr. Zeyer joined AppTek as a Speech Scientist, primarily focusing on LSTM/RNN acoustic model training.

Speech Scientist
Mr. Menne joined AppTek as a Speech Scientist, focusing on speech recognition robustness. His areas of research include human language technology, pattern recognition, noise robust ASR, and neural networks for signal processing. Mr. Menne participated in the 2016 CHiME Speech Separation and Recognition Challenge with audio recorded in challenging noisy environments using a 6-channel tablet based microphone array. The results from his team ranked 2nd among 15 teams from around the world.

Speech Scientist
Mr. Beck  joined AppTek as a Speech Scientist, focusing on rapid development of ASR systems.

Speech Scientist
Ms. Moothiringote joined AppTek as a Speech Scientist.  Her focus is on ASR, artificial neural networks, machine learning, languages for scientific computing and functional programming.

Machine Learning Scientist
Mr. Hanselmann joined AppTek as a Machine Learning Scientist.  His research focus is on two-dimensional warping for image recognition.

NLP Scientist
Mr. Peter joined AppTek as a NLP Scientist, focusing on Neural Networks.

NLP Scientist
Mr. Alkhouli joined AppTek as a NLP Scientist, focusing on Neural Networks.

NLP Scientist
Mr. Guta joined AppTek as a NLP Scientist.

NLP Scientist
Ms. Bahar joined AppTek as a NLP Scientist.

NLP Scientist
Mr. Wang joined AppTek as a NLP Scientist.

NLP Scientist
Mr. Schamper joined AppTek as a NLP Scientist.

NLP Scientist
Mr. Kim joined AppTek as a NLP Scientist.

Science Technical Manager
Dr. Steinbiss joined AppTek as a Science Technical Manager.

Product Manager
For more than 10 years Mr. Swaid’s passion is to create valuable and hassle free products for the user. As a founder of an award-winning startup and later as an UX designer and product manager in an interactive agency, he has worked in a wide variety of work settings from leading teams with very fast communication and quick iteration cycles to being active in larger teams of designers and developers. Tamim Swaid has a diploma in visual communication / human computer interaction from the University of Applied Sciences in Aachen, Germany.

Software Developer
Vince has been a Full-Stack web developer on numerous projects over the the past 15 years and has an in depth knowledge of HTTP, Python & Javascript with 7 years experience specializing in the telephony and call management market. Along with his programming experience, Vince also has over 10 years experience with Linux systems and open-source projects and has contributed to numerous projects. Vince also has over 5 years experience as a DevOps lead which enables him to manage and build projects of all sizes.

Sr. Software Engineer
Mr. Mangini, a Senior Software Engineer, is a talented C++ developer, specializing in developing Apple products, specifically iOS mobile applications, in addition to Android and other mobile devices.

Web Developer, Backend Systems Engineer
Mr. Akash has over 10 years of experience in web development and the development of backend systems and web services. Prior to joining AppTek, he was a Senior Backend Systems Engineer at Maktoob and Yahoo!. Mr. Akash received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Yarmouk University in 2004.

Sr. Systems Engineer
Mr. Tien has twenty years of software development experience, including designing, implementing, testing, and deploying applications on various platforms. He previously worked for SAIC as a Senior Programmer before rejoining AppTek. Mr. Tien received his B.S. at the University of Central Florida.

Director, Business Operations and Data Integrity
Ms. Nguyen is the Director of Business Operations and Data Integrity at AppTek. She previously worked at SAIC as a Manager of Linguistic Resources before rejoining AppTek. Ms. Nguyen has a B.S. in Finance from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).

Program Manager
Mr. Carey has managed and consulted on Information Technology in nearly all major disciplines in the government and private sector for over 30 years. These experiences include Human Language Technology, Systems Analysis and Design, Software Development, Software Test Management, Configuration Management, End User Training, Global Systems Fielding, Operations Management, Customer Support, and Consulting Services Management. Mr. Carey has an undergraduate degree in Business Accounting and a Masters Degree in Computer Science.

Manager of Apptek GmbH
Mr. Sawaf is an electrical engineer with experience in embedded technologies, mobile devices, firmware and software. He has 10 years of experience in building speech recognition, machine translation and natural language processing interfaces for AIXplain which was acquired by AppTek. Manages AppTek’s German GmbH.