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Ajit Narayanan is the founder and CEO of Avaz Inc. His work focuses on making tools to help children communicate and learn language. Avaz, a picture communication aid that is an 'artificial voice' for children with speech disabilities like autism and cerebral palsy. He is also the inventor of FreeSpeech, an AI-based grammar prediction system that converts picture maps into grammatical sentences in any language, and is used for children with disabilities to learn language. Avaz and FreeSpeech have impacted the lives of more than 60,000 children worldwide.
Ajit holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras. For his work on Avaz and FreeSpeech, Ajit was awarded the National Award for Empowerment of People with Disabilities by the President of India. He was also named one of the world's top young innovators by MIT TR35. His work has been featured at the TED conference and Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference.