Nikko Ström is a technologist and scientist with a deep background in speech technologies. He is Principal Engineer and founding member of the team that built Amazon Echo.

He is an internationally recognized researcher in the field of Automatic Speech Recognition. He has twenty years of experience from a few of the most prominent research laboratories and companies in the world and has published extensively at international conferences, journals, patents, and books.

After two years as a Research Scientist at the MIT Lab for Computer Science he joined the startup Tellme Networks in 2000, and in 2007 he transitioned to the Speech Components Group at Microsoft. Since 2011 he is a Principal Engineer at where he leads deep learning efforts in speech recognition and other areas.

He achieved his Ph.D. at the Speech Communications Lab at KTH in Stockholm in 1997. The thesis makes significant contributions in speaker adaptation and Artificial Neural Network technologies.

As part of his thesis work, Nikko Ström developed the world's first continuous speech recognizer for the Swedish language. He also published Open Source Artificial Neural Network software (The NICO Toolkit), which has been downloaded by thousands of researchers worldwide.

During '94-'95 he was an invited guest researcher at the Advanced Telephony Research Lab in Kyoto, Japan, where he contributed to world class research in the speaker adaptation field.

More recently, as a hobby, he developed and published Quite BASIC, a website, educational resource, and application development tool for classic BASIC.

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the NICO toolkit

This is an old instructional video for Quite BASIC. The user interface has since been streamlined and the look and feel of the site is improved.