Karen K.

Product Design | Speech Recognition | User Experience | Information Technology

English, French

Specialties: Conversation design, HRI, designing robot communication and robot intent, product design, designing experiences on physical devices, speech recognition, voice user interface design, inter...see more

  • Consumer Electronics


  • Pre-vetted expert
  • Confirmed hourly rate
  • Available on short notice


Senior Conversation Designer

3 years
Current position
Nov 2019 - Present
Google LLC is the company behind the Google search engine, founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Conversation Designer

Google (via randstad)
11 months
Dec 2018 - Nov 2019
Google LLC is the company behind the Google search engine, founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Experience Design Leader/Consultant

Robot Futures Consulting GmbH
5 years
Current position
Sep 2017 - Present
Robot Futures Consulting offers design services to help companies design experiences and products with current and emerging technologies including speech recognition, conversational int...see more

Director of Experience

Zoox Inc.
1 year
Jul 2015 - Dec 2016
As Director of Experience, I led a team of designers, product managers and program managers to define the experience that passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers will have with an au...see more

Co-Founder and Head of Product Design

9 months
Oct 2013 - Jul 2014
Sensilk was a smart clothing company dedicated to merging fashion and technology. We developed a special conductive fiber technology for comfortable, continuous and accurate biometric m...see more

Product Designer/Consultant - Hardware/Software

2 years
Jun 2013 - Jul 2015
I help create meaningful and connected experiences in the physical world. I guide strategy and design of both hardware and software. Clients included: Samsung/SDA: Samsung Design Ameri...see more

Principal Device Interaction Designer

3 years
Sep 2010 - Jun 2013
First as the sole Device Interaction Designer, and then as manager of a small team, I was responsible for designing usable and intuitive audio and physical experiences on Jawbone device...see more

Senior Voice User Experience Designer

Microsoft/Tellme Networks
6 years
Jan 2005 - Aug 2010
At Tellme then Microsoft, I led complex voice and multi-modal design efforts from inception to deployment. This included up-front user research, brainstorming, experience prototyping, u...see more

Senior VUI Engineer

Vocent Solutions
2 years
Nov 2002 - Dec 2004
Vocent Solutions develops packaged voice authentication solutions that automate the verification of caller identities.

VUI Designer

Nuance Communications
4 years
Oct 1998 - Nov 2002
Nuance Communications is an American multinational corporation primarily engaged in the development of speech recognition software and scanning applications. Its headquarters are in Bur...see more

Industries, roles and expertise

Industry experience

  • Consumer Electronics


  • Interaction Design
  • Product Design
  • Information Architecture
  • Design Strategy
  • User-centered Design
  • Experience Design
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • User Experience (UX)
  • User Interface (UI)