Alan K. Hunt
2054 Needham Drive
Allen, TX 75013

Senior DSP Systems Engineer / Scientist
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7 July 2022

AKH@AlanKHunt.com
Mobile: 972.896.2407

 

Career Focus: Research, development, & implementation of software, systems, & applications employing DSP
(e.g., video, speech, audio, image, wireless data comm., radar), pattern recognition, or related technologies.

 

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

 

Decades of experience in development of wide-ranging signal processing systems, from concepts to products.

Thirteen years experience as Chief/Principal Scientist of a leading speech technology company.

Spearheaded the development of a successful, fundamentally new speech recognition technology.

Self-motivated, optimistic, goal-driven, excellent at speaking, writing, teaching, and presenting.

EXPERTISE

 

DSP (speech, audio, image, video)

Detection, Estimation, Filtering, Tracking

Pattern Recognition

Noise Reduction

Embedded Systems

Image Restoration and Enhancement

Real-Time System Design, Simulation, & Testing

Signal Compression (incl. Audio & Video Codecs)

Software Design, Implementation, Testing, Porting

Telecom Systems & Applications

 

TECHNICAL SKILLS

 

MATLAB

Simulink

C/C++

Fortran/Pascal

TI Code Composer

TIC6x, C54x, C2000

Verilog

ModelSim

 

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

 

Biamp, Plano, TX Senior DSP Engineer

Jul 2022-present

Design & implement innovative advanced audio DSP algorithms: e.g. for noise reduction, beamforming microphones, & acoustic echo cancellation. Prepare & design digital audio datasets for DSP & machine deep learning projects. Maintain, manage, and upgrade machine learning infrastructure systems and codebases. Design & implement algorithms for digital audio (speech) feature extraction.

 

Texas Instruments Kilby Labs, Dallas, TX Senior DSP Engineer/Scientist

Mar 2021-Mar 2022

Developed DSP algorithms, software, & embedded systems for optical sensing products (MATLAB, Code Composer).

Optical sensors

Optimal detection, estimation & classification

Low-SNR detection

 

Garrett Metal Detectors, Garland, TX Senior DSP Engineer/Scientist

Aug 2019-Jan 2021

Developed DSP algorithms & software for metal detection products (MATLAB, Code Composer).

Metal detection systems

Optimal detection, estimation & classification

Clustered statistical modeling

 

Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems, McKinney, TX Senior Principal Systems Engineer

Jun 2019-Aug 2019

Developed concepts, systems, DSP algorithms & software for advanced electro-optical systems (MATLAB).

Electro-optical systems

DSP algorithms

Statistical signal science

Target loc. & DF

 

L3 Mission Integration, Greenville, TX Senior Systems Engineer

Mar 2017-Jun 2019

Developed DSP algorithms, HDL/RTL, & software for electronic intelligence and surveillance systems (MATLAB).

Radar systems

Spectral estimation

Digital mod/demod.

Interferometry & DF

 

Authentix, Inc, Addison, TX Principal Signal Scientist

Jan 2008-Apr 2015

Developed algorithms and architectures for advanced processing of high-speed multi-spectral images (TI C64x/ C64x+ embedded DSP, C/C++, Code Composer, MATLAB, Scilab, Octave).

Image enhancement & noise reduc.

Eigensystem analysis

Principal components analysis

Digital modulation (CDMA)

Detection, estimation, classification

Multivariate param. optimization

 

Aava Technology, LLC, Plano, TX Member of Technical Staff (Independent Contractor)

July 2007-Jan 2008

Ported and optimized proprietary video codec for TI C64x embedded DSP platforms (C/C++, Code Composer, XDAIS/XDM, DaVinci, XDC, Reference Frameworks, DM642, DM6446, DM648, Scilab, OpenOffice).

H263, H264, MPEG2, MPEG4

Wavelet & DCT compression

Arithmetic & QM codecs

 

Crane Wireless Monitoring Solutions, Plano, TX Senior DSP Systems Engineer

2003-2007

Developed DSP systems, algorithms, HDL/RTL, software, & firmware for adaptive wireless network communication systems (MATLAB, Simulink, Verilog, ModelSim, C/C++, Xilinx, Altera, Lattice).

Adaptive Array Processing

Digital Beamforming

Spread-Spectrum Methods

TDMA/FDMA/CDMA

Interference Suppression

Noise Reduction

 

Polycom, Austin, TX Principal Audio Engineer

2000-2002

Developed algorithms & software for advanced real-time audio signal processing, (C/C++, Win32, Equator, MATLAB).

Speech Detection

Beamforming

Polyphase Filtering

Acoustic Echo Cancellation

Compression/Decompression

Adaptive Filtering

Source Tracking

Noise Reduction

Low-Delay Filtering

 

Applied Science Fiction, Austin, TX Senior Engineer

1999-2000

Developed algorithms and software for advanced real-time photographic image processing. Developed and supported three major blocks of image processing system on five successive environments including two real-time, multi-processor platforms, and resolved critical image noise questions (C/C++, Win32, Mercury/SAL/Altivec, Unix, MATLAB, IDL, TCL/TK, WiT).

Wizion.com, Richardson, TX - Technology Consultant

 

(concurrent) 1999-2000

Provided strategic technical direction and support to CEO and engineering staff enabling successful demonstration to seed capital investors.

DNA Enterprises, Richardson, TX Senior Software Architect

1997-1999

Led development of architectures, algorithms, and software for real-time signal processing applications. Real-time OCR for high-speed document inspection & sorting applications (C & C6x asm, Win32, DOS). PC host software (board configuration, loader, debugger, etc.) for TI C6x EVM (C/C++, Win32). E1 framer setup & control (Motorola 56k asm). Signal processing software for programmable telecom switch console (C & 54x asm).

Voice Control Systems, Dallas, TX Chief Scientist

1983-1997

Served as: primary technical contributor, consultant, and mentor to R&D staff; chief architect of all major algorithms for discrete & connected speech recognition and speaker verification; principal author of patents; lead algorithm designer during all phases of product development, from initial concepts to final fielded systems. Developed a fundamentally new speaker-independent speech recognition technology. Extended technology to speaker-dependent, continuous, and speaker verification applications. Spearheaded and managed program to radically redesign technology for single-chip implementation. Continually developed new methods to achieve performance and efficiency improvements, permitting rapid proliferation of technology into new platforms, environments, vocabularies, and languages. Functioned as the primary consultant in solving critical-path technical problems. Developed an extensive library of software utilities for graphical/statistical analysis, etc. Wrote, delivered papers and presentations at technical conferences, trade shows, customer briefings, etc. Developed algorithms and software for: advanced vector quantization; time-domain and frequency-domain signal measurement design; echo cancellation; noise suppression; fast speech coding; eigensystem analysis; multivariate parameter optimization; signal simulation; automatic in-line source code generation.

Martingale Research Corporation, Allen, TX Senior Scientist

(concurrent) 1992-1993

Developed concepts & software implementation of digital signal processing & pattern tracking & recognition algorithms, especially for application in the areas of speech & image understanding (C/C++, Fortran, Win32, Labview, MatrixX).

Texas Instruments, Lewisville, TX Systems Engineer

1980-1983

Performed systems analysis and conceptual development, especially: image tracking; image restoration; synthetic image sequence generation; subpixel image registration; spatial sampling error modeling and estimation; radar signal detection, location, and identification; multisensor recognition (Fortran, VMS, IMSL).

EDUCATION

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
PhD Program, Statistical Signal Processing Completed all phases of program except dissertation

Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY
B.S.E.E., M.E.E.E. Thesis on microprocessor-based music technology