The center of audio product development

A new initiative, part of the Audio Engineering Society, targeted to help educate
and improve product development across all audio disciplines.

Successful Smart Speakers
and Voice-Enabled Products

July 9th, 4:00PM - 6:00PM Eastern Daylight Time

Who’s it for

This inaugural session is suited to those with interest and skills in acoustics, electronics, digital signal processing and software engineering.

In addition, business leaders, marketing managers and all those integral in the supply chain will also find the content useful.


Our two presenters will discuss a series of real-world challenges they have faced in developing sophisticated interactive smart speaker products. Topics addressed will cover the disciplines in voice integrated products, from acoustics to microphones, electronics, DSP and output transducers.

Attendees will gain a keen understanding of how all these areas must work together in order for a product to succeed
in attaining the goals set by the product manager.
Attendees will learn how companies in the past were not equipped to make the best decisions or to integrate these disciplines to succeed with their end product.

Mike Klasco

CEO, Menlo Scientific, Richmond, California

After graduating New York University, Mike founded GLI in 1972, one of the first disco audio equipment manufacturers. Post graduate work was in signal processing at NYU in a combined masters/PhD, with the thesis to be completed this century. He sold GLI in 1977 to The Variable Speech Control Company and stayed on for five years. In January 1983 Mike moved to California and founded Menlo Scientific. Over the past 25 years, he’s completed hundreds of projects for clients large and small.

Paul Beckmann

CTO, DSP Concepts, Santa Clara, California

Paul has led DSP Concepts since co-founding it in 2003. He is a renowned leader in DSP algorithm design and audio-enabled product development. During 9 years at Bose he developed the first Lifestyle digital home theater product. He was awarded the “Best of What’s New” award from Popular Science for contributions made to the Videostage decoding algorithm and holds numerous signal processing patents. He received his BSEE, MSEE, and PhD in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and was awarded a Rockwell Fellowship.

APEI is dedicated to improving the use of audio in all types of product. We will be expanding our content in the coming weeks to cover a wide variety of topics

APEI helps everyone involved in the development of products that include audio, from concept to delivery.

Who we help

  • Audio Developers
  • Product Engineers
  • Product Managers
  • R&D Teams
  • Supply Chain Managers
  • Production and Process Managers

Who we serve

  • Audio Brands
  • Technology Companies
  • Technology Suppliers
  • OEM’s
  • ODM’s
  • Manufacturing Companies

Areas of focus

  • Voice interaction
  • Modelling & measurement
  • Product management
  • Supply chain sourcing
  • Patents and legal
  • Machine learning

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