Rich Cox is Vice President of the AT&T IP & Voice Services Research Lab in Florham Park, NJ. He directs research in the areas of services over IP and voice services for AT&T. Prior to joining AT&T he was a member of technical staff of The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California, from 1973-1977, and a member of the faculty of Rutgers University from 1977-1979. He joined Bell Labs in 1979. With the AT&T – Lucent Technologies split in 1996, he joined AT&T Labs. His lab is responsible for the creation of AT&T Natural Voices Text-to-Speech Synthesis, the AT&T Watson automatic speech recognition and spoken language understanding engine, the AT&T VoiceTone service for business customers, and the AT&T CallVantage service (VoIP) for consumers.
In addition to his work for AT&T, he has also been active in the IEEE. He served as President of the Signal Processing Society in 2002-2003 and on the IEEE Board of Directors in 2006-2007. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a recipient of the IEEE Third Millenium Medal, and the Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award. He was also awarded the AT&T Science and Technology Medal.
In addition to his IEEE service, since 1983 he has served Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, the only national provider of recorded textbook material for students from kindergarten through graduate school. He currently serves as Chairman of the National Board of Directors and previously served as Chairman of the Technology Advisory Committee during the transition from analog to digital recording and distribution and as co-chair of strategic planning. He also currently serves as Treasurer of the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni.