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Alicia Abella

Abella, Alicia
1 AT&T WAY
Bedminster, NJ
Subject matter expert in social media, social networking, collaboration technologies, data analytics (IVR, Web, agent), spoken dialog systems

Dr. Abella is Executive Director of the Innovative Services Research Department, where she manages a group of multi-disciplinary technical staff specializing in data mining, user interfaces, IPTV, mobile services, SIP/VoIP technology.  In 2009 she was recognized by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute for her contributions in the area of green technology. In 2008 she became a member of the elite group of AT&T Science and Technology Medal award winners.  She was also a recipient of the 2008 Hispanic Engineers National Achievement Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement.  Dr. Abella has helped serve to increase the pool of women and minorities in science by serving as Vice President of the Young Science Achievers Program and chair of the AT&T Labs Fellowship Committee. Dr. Abella holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Columbia University, a M.S. in computer science from Columbia University and a B.S. in computer science from New York University. 

Awards
Medal of Excellence, Columbia University, 2013. Awarded for professional and community accomplishments. This is the first time the medal, given annually since 1929, has been conferred on an engineer.

2010 Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association Leadership of the Year Award.

Hispanic Business Magazine's Top Five Women of the Year, 2010. For contributions of Hispanic women to the business and their communities.

Pioneer Award (Women of Color STEM Conference), 2010. For contributions to helping solve the educational challenges facing the Hispanic Community.

Recognition from Great Minds in STEM (TM), 2010. For contributing to America's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math heritage.

AT&T IP Achievement Award, 2009. To recognize exceptional efforts made by an employee who assists in developing, protecting, or leveraging AT&T intellectual property.

HENAAC Award Winner in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, 2008.

Science & Technology Medal, 2008. Honored for technical innovation and leadership in dialog engineering and analysis.

AT&T Labs Software Excellence Award, 2002.

Charles Thompson Mentoring Award, 2002.

AT&T Labs Research Excellence Award, 2001.

Recognition from Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. With President Obama in attendence, Alicia Abella was recognized by the CHCI for her role in advancing green technology by developing long-distance collaboration tools.

Projects
CHI Scan (Computer Human Interaction Scan), CHI Scan is a real-time, web-based tool for analyzing call data and customer information in IVR systems. An interactive interface makes it easy to locate events and access, filter, and compare data.

CoCITe – Coordinating Changes in Text, CoCITe is a text mining tool for discovering and flagging unexpected word frequency changes that may be early indicators of serious events.

E4SS - ECharts for SIP Servlets, E4SS (ECharts for SIP Servlets) is open-source software that allows the use of sophisticated finite-state machines to program SIP Servlets.

Patents

Method And Apparatus For Providing Media Content Using A Mobile Device, December 31, 2013
Secure Access To Restricted Resource, December 10, 2013
Method For Dialog Management, December 3, 2013
Collective Asynchronous Media Review, October 8, 2013
System And Method Of Dialog Trajectory Anaylsis, December 25, 2012
Systems And Methods For Detecting And Coordinating Changes In Lexical Items, September 18, 2012
Method for dialog management, July 22, 2008
Method for dialog management, January 23, 2007
System for dialog management, November 21, 2006
Method and apparatus for generating sematically consistent inputs to a dialog manager, February 20, 2001
Methods and apparatus object-oriented rule-based dialogue management, March 28, 2000

Multimedia (videos, demos, interviews)

Alicia Abella delivers commencement address
Alicia Abella delivered the commencement speech at the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering, the first woman in the college's history to do so.  201105_Alicia_abella_commencement_speech_univ_of_minnesota  (3k)

Alicia Abella delivers commencement address
Alicia Abella delivered the commencement speech at the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering, the first woman in the college's history to do so.  201105_Alicia_abella_commencement_speech_univ_of_minnesota_copy  (3k)

Congressional Briefing: How the Hispanic Community will Define the Future of U.S. Competitiveness
  Nextgenweb_how_US_hispanic_community_define_future.html  (1k)