About us

VocalIQ is a spin-out company from the Spoken Dialogue Systems Group at University of Cambridge, UK. Still based in Cambridge, the company builds a platform for voice interfaces, making it easy for everybody to voice enable their devices and apps.  Example application areas include smartphones, robots, cars, call-centres, and games. We're recently funded by Amadeus Capital and Cambridge Enterprise.


Management Team


CEO: Dr. Blaise Thomson

Before co-founding VocalIQ, Blaise spent several years researching new approaches to building spoken dialogue systems; first for a Ph.D. and then as a Research Fellow at St John's College Cambridge. Many of these new ideas are integrated into the company's technology and have been awarded prizes within the research community. Outside of work, he enjoys playing guitar and dancing.

Chairman: Prof. Steve Young

Steve is a well-respected entrepreneur and researcher in spoken language processing. He was the original developer of the HTK speech recognition toolkit, widely used in the speech community, was a co-founder of Entropic, acquired by Microsoft in 1999, and chairman at Phonetic Arts, which was acquired by Google in 2010. As well as serving as chairman at VocalIQ, Steve is a currently a Professor of Information Engineering.

Prof. Steve Young

VP Business Development: Vishal Chatrath

Vishal is an experienced entrepreneur and manager with a passion for disruptive innovation. He previously founded Chleon Automotive and helped grow the team to 75 people, building a platform for the connected car. Prior to Chleon, Vishal was Head of Automotive at Nokia. Vishal holds a M.Eng degree from the National University of Singapore and has two patents in the area of mobile telecommunications.

Vishal Chatrath

Advisor: Prof. Zoubin Ghahramani

Zoubin Ghahramani is Professor of Information Engineering at the University of Cambridge, and was also a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University for 10 years. His current research focuses on Bayesian machine learning including applications to large-scale data modelling problems. He has published over 200 papers, receiving 25,000 citations. His work has been funded by DARPA, Microsoft, Google, Infosys, Facebook, Amazon and others. He has served as chair of the leading international conferences in machine learning: AISTATS, ICML and NIPS.

Zoubin Ghahramani

Advisor: Tim Morgan

Tim has over twenty years experience in the areas speech applications, user interface design, software product development and managed services. He was previously COO/CIO at VoxGen, and also worked at Nuance Communications, Digital Dreams and Articulate Systems. Tim studied Computational Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley.

Tim Morgani




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