[AI] Sad news
srinivasu at srinivasu.org
Wed Apr 14 07:00:52 EDT 2010
Very shocking. I just had a chance to meet him at CSUN San Diego.
On 4/14/10, Dipendra Manocha <dipendra.lists at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Friends
> The inventor of talks software, the first software that made mobile phone
> accessible to us is no more and left us in young age. I had the privilege to
> meet him in person in October 2009 in Geneva where DAISY Consortium and
> Nuance were together in UNESCO pavilion in the world telecom exhibition.
> With my thousand salutes to him I am pasting below the announcement from his
> partner and co-developer of talks:
> Dear TALKS community,
> It is with great sadness that I have to bring you the following news:
> Torsten Brand, the inventor of TALKS as well as a long-time pioneer in the
> Assistive Technology field, has died last night in hospital in Göttingen,
> Germany, as a result of complications from a routine operation, at the age
> of 47.
> All of us here at Nuance are deeply shocked, and still unable to completely
> grasp the significance of this terrible and unexpected event.
> Many of you have met him personally, some as recently as two weeks ago
> during CSUN in San Diego, and most will probably remember him as both a
> clear-thinking visionary as well as an immensely likeable fellow, with tons
> of ideas and a great "can-do" spirit. It is difficult to imagine life
> without his friendship, inspiration and perseverance.
> Even though TALKS will not be the same without his leadership, we will treat
> it as a lasting part of his legacy, and continue developing it in his
> Torsten leaves his wife, Corinna, and his four children. Our thoughts go out
> to his family in this difficult time.
> Marcus Groeber
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