Lloyd Watts is the founder of Audience, and as CTO provides ongoing guidance and impetus for the company’s core technology direction, as well as the vision of neuro-morphic computing for voice systems. Prior to Audience, he was principal researcher at Paul Allen’s Interval Research Corporation, where he collaborated with the world’s leading auditory neuroscientists on his vision of a machine that could hear as people do. Before Interval, Watts developed integrated circuits and software for satellite communications systems, telephony systems, optical character recognition systems and LCD displays for Microtel Pacific Research, Synaptics, and Arithmos. He also invented a low-delay digital speech coding algorithm that was sold to Cisco in 1999. Dr. Watts is the author of 3 issued and 7 pending patents. He holds a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology, a Master’s degree from Simon Fraser University in digital speech coding; and a BS in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University.