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Kristen Lasky

Ann Kristen Syrdal

December 13, 1945 - July 24, 2020

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Dr. Ann K. Syrdal, a leading researcher in the interdisciplinary field of speech synthesis who developed the first natural-sounding female synthetic voice and paved the way for now-ubiquitous speech technologies like Siri and ...  see more
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  • Junlan Feng
    Ann had been a dear friend and a mentor for me for almost twenty years at AT&T and after AT&T. She and Barbara hand-made a lovely colorful quilt for my daughter, Chelsea while I was expecting. It has been with us with good care every single...  more
  • Juergen Schroeter
    Juergen Schroeter added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Ann Kristen Syrdal:
  • Shona Douglas
  • Ginny Bee
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    • Ginny Bee
      Ginny Bee We miss you, Ann.
      • September 23, 2020
  • Ginny Bee
    Ginny Bee added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Ann Kristen Syrdal:
    • Ginny Bee
      Ginny Bee That smile! That light and brightness!
      • September 23, 2020
  • Ginny Bee
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    • Ginny Bee
      Ginny Bee New Year's Eve... the start of 2003 at the Beutnagel's.
      • September 23, 2020
  • Ginny Bee
    Ginny Bee added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Ann Kristen Syrdal:
    • Ginny Bee
      Ginny Bee One of many Christmas/holiday celebrations with many Bell Labs friends. Ann and Alistair always the heart of it.
      • September 23, 2020
    • Ginny Bee
      Ginny Bee December 2007
      • September 23, 2020
  • Ginny Bee
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    • Ginny Bee
      Ginny Bee A part of our life and our celebrations. This was the "Tacky Tourist" party celebrating Mark's 50th birthday. The cowboy hat? A classic Ann gift.
      • September 23, 2020
    • Ginny Bee
      Ginny Bee 10-20-07
      • September 23, 2020
  • Olivier & Karine Boeffard Sevilla
    We are deeply saddened by the loss of Ann. Ann has been a guide during our discovery of the US, giving us keys to understand the American culture. We shared so many good times with Ann and Alistair; visiting museums, at the Metropolitan opera, hiking in...  more
  • Sean O'Malley
    Sean O'Malley added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Ann Kristen Syrdal:
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  • Sean O'Malley
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  • Sean O'Malley
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  • Sean O'Malley
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  • Sean O'Malley
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  • Kristen Lasky
  • Sue Hertz
    I so enjoyed the time I spent with Ann and Alistair when they visited me in Ithaca, NY in 2004. I also have fond memories of my visit with Ann to Longwood Gardens in 2007. Being the plant lover that she was, Ann couldn't get enough of the Gardens,...  more
  • Jeff Farah
    It is with deepest sadness that I heard of Ann’s Passing. As a person new to Speech Recognition and Speech Synthesis many years ago, Ann was always a kind and patient teacher to me. No matter how crazy my questions were, Ann would always answer with...  more
  • Ladan Golipour
    Ann was my local mother in US. I have so many fond memories of her and remembering them feels my heart with warmth but at the same time deep sorrow. From taking refuge in her place during a crazy thunderstorm back in New Jersey and trying to cook a...  more
  • Ladan Golipour
  • Sarah Hawkins
    I am so sorry to her that Ann has died. She was warm, witty, strong and constant. We had not kept in contact since the 80s, but I respected her and was fond of her, and I think we both enjoyed catching up on the few occasions when our paths crossed. She...  more
  • Shirley Steele
    In 1984, Ann, Kristen, Evelyn, Corrine Bickley, and I went to Europe together and had many adventures. One of them was when we were trapped at Normandy Beach for almost an entire day because we somehow had not realized that on the 40th anniversary of...  more
  • steve greenspan
    Ann was a dear colleague and friend. I remember when we first met at AT&T Bell Labs in Naperville, Illinois. We conducted research together on speech intelligibility, discussed data and theory, shared stories about raising children and making sense of...  more
  • Kristen Lasky
    Ann Syrdal, Who Helped Give Computers a Female Voice, Dies at 74
  • Kristen Lasky
    Kristen Lasky added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Ann Kristen Syrdal:
    Ann and grandson Jack at Barcelona game
    Ann with Graham, Madeline, and Jack in CA
  • Kristen Lasky
    Kristen Lasky added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Ann Kristen Syrdal:
    Senior Class Portrait of Ann (Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, MN)
  • Andy Butler
    We are so deeply saddened to lose Ann after her long illness. She was part of our family through Alistair and we loved her dearly. She will be much missed by us all. Noreen, Andy, Robbie and Stuart, Craig, Debi and Saskia, Fiona and David.
  • Shona Douglas
    I think my first memory of Ann was of her singing into a recogniser when everyone was demoing their cool stuff when I first visited AT&T in 1997 or 1998.

    Over the years I worked there, she gradually became one of the people I cared most about in...  more
  • Sean O'Malley
    Sean O'Malley added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Ann Kristen Syrdal:
    Ann and Sara
  • Sean O'Malley
    Sean O'Malley added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Ann Kristen Syrdal:
    Ann, Evelyn, Sara, Madeline, and Maya
  • Sean O'Malley
    Sean O'Malley added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Ann Kristen Syrdal:
    Ann and Sara
  • Sean O'Malley
    Sean O'Malley added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Ann Kristen Syrdal:
    Ann and Sara
  • Alistair Conkie
    From Lawrence Rabiner:

    I have known and utilized the results of Ann Syrdal's world class research in the area of Text-to-Speech. I also am aware just how much Ann contributed to the theory and practice of synthesizing speech that is highly intelligible...  more
  • Kristen Lasky
    Kristen Lasky added 4 photo(s) to the memorial Ann Kristen Syrdal:
    Ann's dress
    Ann's Interest in Ancestry
    New Haircut
    Ann at Graham's birthday
  • Kristen Lasky
    Kristen Lasky added 8 photo(s) to the memorial Ann Kristen Syrdal:
    Ann in Madison
    Ann with grandchildren, Jack and Madeline
    Ann and Jack at Allen Centennial Gardens in Madison, WI
    Ann with grandchildren, Jack and Madeline at Allen Centennial Gardens in Madison
    Ann and Madeline eating ice cream from Babcock Hall
  • Kristen Lasky
    Kristen Lasky added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Ann Kristen Syrdal:
    Ann and Kristen (with Graham and Alistair) in Quebec
    Ann in Quebec
    Ann and family in Quebec City
    Ann and Barbara Evelyn in California
    Ann and Madeline
  • Hs Gopal
    I am deeply saddened to hear of Ann Syrdal passing away. To Alistair, Kristen, Evelyn, Sean and all members of her extended family - my heartfelt condolences for your immense loss! I share your grief.

    Ann was a very special person to me - she was a...  more
  • Rolf Carlson
    So very sad. I have had professional interactions with Ann during most of my research life and also deep friendship. It has been such a treat to meet and enjoy her company in Boston, California, and Sweden. Her sabbatical year at KTH and other visits in...  more
  • Stephen Marcus
    Ann was always so proud of her work with Text-to-Speech. This fun photo outside the Lab must have been a special time for her as the new TTS was launched as a product:

    "Launch of Natural Voices TTS Product -- Alistair Conkie on the Megaphone,...  more
  • Patti Price
    Ann was ALWAYS up for the challenge!! For her research, for her health, for her family. We shared some good times at MIT, and she visited Bertrand and me in Brittany in 1984 with Kristen and Evelyn. We visited Napa together and got a massage and mudbath...  more
  • Patti Price
    Ann points out the Apple Galactic HQ on a long hike in Rancho San Antonio park, March 2019.
  • Patti Price
    Ann and Alistair visit the Methuselah redwood tree, March 2019
  • Patti Price
    Ann visits California in 1996... of course there was food and wine.
  • Patti Price
    One of my favorites of her water colors! Her granddaughter Sara
  • Kristen Lasky
    Patti Price suggested including this link (see below): https://www.engineergirl.org/2939/Ann-Syrdal
  • Kristen Lasky
    Kristen Lasky added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Ann Kristen Syrdal:
    Viki and Ann
  • Kristen Lasky
    Kristen Lasky added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Ann Kristen Syrdal:
    Ann K. Syrdal
  • Kristen Lasky
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    Ann K. Syrdal