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Alicia Abella

Abella, Alicia
1 AT&T WAY
Bedminster, NJ
Subject matter expert in cloud computing, distributed storage, distributed software systems, mobile services, Internet of Things

Dr. Abella is Assistant Vice President, Cloud Technologies and Services Research Organization - With 19 years of research experience, Dr. Abella has held positions that allow her to demonstrate her skills in a broad research spectrum which have unfolded into her organization’s current responsibilities which include research in cloud computing, distributed storage, mobile services.   

In 2013, Dr. Abella received Columbia University’s Medal of Excellence, an award given each year to an alumnus or alumna, under 45 years of age, whose record in scholarship, public service, or professional life is outstanding. This is the first time since 1929 --when the award was first given-- that Columbia has awarded the medal to an engineer. In 2011, she was selected by President Obama to be on his Presidential Advisory Commission for Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Also in 2011, she was inducted into the prestigious WITI (Women in Technology International) Hall of Fame. In 2010, she was honored as one of the Top Five Women of the Year by Hispanic Business Magazine. She is also a member of the elite group of AT&T Science and Technology Medal award winners and recipient of the Hispanic Engineers National Achievement Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement.

Besides her technical contributions, Dr. Abella has been a strong advocate in fostering the development of minorities and women in science and engineering. As Executive Vice President for the Young Science Achievers program, she has worked tirelessly to bring an interest and excitement in science and engineering to high school aged women and minority students through a program of mentoring and scientific achievement. She has also recently joined the board of the newly created AT&T Women of Technology and Network employee network whose goal it is to encourage and facilitate the recruitment, development, advancement, and retention of women of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by providing educational and networking opportunities.

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)