Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 31, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Nuance Communications Canada Inc. was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2018):
- Nuance Communications maintains a formal incentive performance program as well as various awards to recognize exceptional performance, including an annual Values Award, for employees who best demonstrate company values, and a Patent Award, to encourage employee creativity
- As part of the company's health plan, Nuance Communications employees receive an annual wellness account of $150 as well as a health spending account for additional coverage (to $500 annually) -- the company also brings in a professional yoga instructor for regular onsite classes
- New employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation allowance to start and can take advantage of flexible work hours and a telecommuting option
Nuance Canada paves the road to the autonomous car
If you drive a vehicle made by any major automaker in the world, its voice recognition and artificial intelligence (AI) technology likely comes from Nuance Communications Canada Inc.
Nuance's technology is integrated into more than 200 million cars on the road today, enabling drivers to interact safely with conversational human machine interfaces in more than 40 languages, from English to Urdu.
"We're aligning innovation and science with real-life customers," says Dave Ardman, Vice President of Mobile Speech R&D, in Montréal.
As the global organization's largest R&D location, Nuance's facility in Montréal provides AI solutions for healthcare, automotive and enterprise applications.
In the automotive sector, Nuance continues to push the limits of AI to deliver increasingly sophisticated human-machine interfaces to the world's major automotive companies.
"There are no roads where we're going," says Paulo Radtke, Senior Manager, Application Research. "We have to pave the road ourselves. We're constantly moving forward, which is great for researchers and developers."
New vehicles already incorporate microphones, cameras and real-time sensors; autonomous driving will expand these human-machine interfaces even further. As this occurs, Nuance technology will provide a seamless and intelligent conversational interface that enables a safer, smarter in-car experience while keeping drivers connected to the outside world.
As principal researcher on Nuance's Natural Language Understanding and AI team, Jonathan Greenspan "looks for the best way to apply the latest machine learning and AI technologies to our automotive assistant products."
These technologies advance rapidly, challenging Nuance every day to stay ahead of the curve.
"In my research group," says Greenspan, "a volunteer learns a new machine learning technique by reading the latest research papers and trying things out in a hands-on way. He or she then presents to the group, so we can all learn about a field that's evolving faster than the time it takes to organize something formal."
With such a dynamic environment, Nuance attracts outstanding university graduates primarily from engineering, computer science and linguistics programs. Ardman and Greenspan graduated from McGill University, while Radtke attended Ecole de technologie supérieure (ETS), both a short walk from Nuance. This year, the company aims to attract 150 interns along with many new grad hires.
"The benefits are great, but it's the work that keeps you coming back every day," says Greenspan.
"I get to do math and artificial intelligence development for a living. It's a privilege and a real thrill to know that something you created will be used by people all over the world."
Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People
By Kristina Leung and Richard Yerema, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 8, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Nuance Communications Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2018):
- Nuance Communications provides students with unique development opportunities through an internship program and hosts executive lunch and learns specifically to allow interns to meet the company's senior executive team
- Nuance Communications employees can participate in "Engineering Excellence", a program to support the professional development of Nuance technologists -- the program offers live and recorded sessions, videos and blog posts on technical and non-technical topics, and skills development recommendations to support technical learning
- Nuance Communications encourages employees to cultivate creativity through innovation challenges -- employees work in teams to address a known challenge or opportunity and present their final product, solution or improvement (with winners chosen by a panel and by popular vote)