Jiri Navratil is a Research Staff Member in the Statistical Learning and Discovery group at IBM Watson. He is currently involved in research efforts in the area of statistical question answering (DeepQA). Previously at IBM Jiri worked on machine translation, voice-based authentication technologies, and spoken language recognition technologies.
Jiri Navratil received his MSc., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Ilmenau Technical University , Germany, in 1994, 1998, respectively. In 1999, he joined the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, as a member of the Conversational Biometrics Group in the Human Language Technologies Department. He has published more than 50 conference and journal papers, and filed 15 patent applications. Dr. Navratil is recipient of the 1999 Johann-Philipp-Reis prize awarded by the German Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies VDE , the Deutsche Telecom, and the cities of Friedrichsdorf and Gelnhausen, for outstanding contributions to the field of language recognition. He received multiple invention achievement awards and technical group awards from IBM. In 2004-2006 Jiri served as the Watson chair of the User Interface Technologies interest area.