Technical Programme Manager, Google
Kiran has been blind from birth and always been excited by devices that talk to you or allow you to talk back to them. Today, Kiran works on Google’s Text to Speech team developing technologies that talk to people with disabilities. Kiran also helps improve eyes-free voice actions on Android so that people with low vision can accomplish standard tasks just by talking to their phone. This not only helps people with disabilities, but anyone whose hands are busy with another task—like cooking, driving or caring for an infant. Kiran feels the advances that are being made in speech recognition and text to speech output promise a bright future for voice user interfaces.