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Endowed Chair and Professorships Titles
Rhesa Screven Farmer Jr., Advanced Computing Concepts Chair
Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
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Larry P. Heck is a Professor with a joint appointment in the Schools of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds the Rhesa S. Farmer Distinguished Chair of Advanced Computing Concepts and is a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar. His received the BSEE from Texas Tech University (1986), and MSEE and PhD EE from the Georgia Institute of Technology (1989,1991). He is a Fellow of the IEEE, inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni at Georgia Tech and received the Distinguished Engineer Award from the Texas Tech University. He was a Senior Research Engineer with SRI (1992-98), VP of R&D at Nuance (1998-2005), VP of Search and Advertising Sciences at Yahoo! (2005-2009), Chief Scientist of the Microsoft Speech products and Distinguished Engineer in Microsoft Research (2009-2014), Principal Scientist with Google Research (2014-2017), CEO of Viv Labs and SVP at Samsung (2017-2021).


  • Machine/deep learning
  • Artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Natural language processing (NLP)
  • Conversational systems
  • Speech/speaker recognition
Distinctions & Awards
  • IEEE Fellow
  • 2020 IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) Best Paper Award
  • Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni, Georgia Tech College of Engineering, 2017
  • Distinguished Engineer Award, Texas Tech University Whitacre College of Engineering, 2017