John Rye founded Meridian One Speech in 2006 to be able to offer low
cost alternative TTS to users of fast intelligible speech worldwide
using the unique Orpheus TTS engine. John has developed Orpheus
over many years, first at Dolphin Oceanic, part of the
Dolphin Group, and now here at
Meridian One. Some of the ideas and work have evolved
over many years linking right back to John's first involvement with speech
synthesis and coding at the British Government's Joint Speech Research Unit
in Cheltenham from 1979 to 1982.
John also worked at the Centre for Speech Technology Research in Edinburgh
while on secondment from Marconi Speech and Information Systems in 1991.
Besides his very long-standing involvement with Speech and TTS in
particular, John has also worked in real-time software for industrial
processes. He has a wealth of experience in areas critical to
software development; he has for instance introduced systems of software
QA and Configuration control into organisations. His management
experience at all levels from software project to department level and
served for several years on the board of the Dolphin Group.
John has published papers, is a patent signatory and has talked on
aspects of speech coding and speech synthesis, but has spoken and written
rather more on the issues, usefulness and techniques involved in generating fast
intelligible synthetic speech in particular.
John obtained a first degree in Physics from the University of
Southampton in 1977, and an MA in Management Studies from the University of
Worcester in 2005. John is also a member of the
Institution of Engineering and Technology
Chartered Management Institute
Outside of his professional life John is a family man with two grown up
daughters. He is a mountaineer, and has gasped his way to the top of many a peak
and crag at home and abroad over many years.
This he claims to find enjoyable.  He is active in local and national
politics, and is a member of the UK Labour Party.
John is deeply indebted to all those in the speech community, especially
colleagues from the former JSRU, from CSTR as well as all former colleagues
and employers for that help and advice given over the years.