With over twenty years of experience improving our sense of hearing, Dr. Masaki has seen the field from every angle. She has created and managed intellectual properties for a number of global hearing companies, led R&D efforts at Advanced Bionics and EarLens, and helped pioneer a procedure using embryonic stem cells to replace lost auditory hair cells. After earning her bachelor’s and master’s in EECS from MIT, she received a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Harvard/MIT and a Post-PhD from Stanford Medical School in stem cell engineering.

Feeling that bionic aids had the potential to reshape the way we experienced the world, Dr. Masaki cofounded SmartEar, which develops an artificial intelligence ear device platform to make communication and connection easier than ever. As CEO, Dr. Masaki is able to blend her experience in engineering, biology, and medicine to help revolutionize the way we hear the world.

Company Website


Voice: It Ain’t All About Alexa

Applying Innovation
March 9, 2017 11:15am - 12:00pm

With the development and adoption of virtual assistants like Alexa, Cortana, and Siri, many are looking at voice enabled IoT devices and smart homes as the future of voice. While smart homes are exciting, there are many other industries where voice will become an innovative force. This panel will discuss how voice is creating change in industries like healthcare, travel, and communication. Come learn about the incredible applications of voice that our panelists have created, and where they see the future of this evolving technology.


Frank Cutitta

Director of the Center for Content Analytics HIMSS Media Lab

Greg Apple

Head of Marketing HelloGbye