Roy Byrd retired from IBM Research in 2008 after a 40-year career as a researcher in computer science and computational linguistics. He received his BA in Music Theory and Composition from Yale in 1967. After a year of teaching music at the American Community School in Beirut, Lebanon, Roy joined IBM as a software engineer. While at IBM, he completed course requirements for a PhD in Theoretical Linguistics at New York University. Most of his career was spent at IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, New York. There he managed research groups that contributed to IBM software products in information retrieval, natural language processing, and knowledge management. In 2011, he returned to IBM Research as a supplemental employee, to help launch a new project on medical text analysis. Roy holds 10 U.S. patents, with several more pending, and is the author of over 30 scientific articles and book chapters in computational linguistics.
Roy is currently a Research Staff Member Emeritus at IBM Research, an Adjunct Professor of Linguistics at Montclair State University, and a Visiting Scholar in the Linguistics Department at New York University. He is a member of the boards of the Yale Glee Club Associates and the Yale Alumni Chorus. He also serves on the boards of several academic and cultural organizations in the New York City area.