James M. Kates holds the position of Research Fellow with hearing-aid manufacturer GN ReSound. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences at University of Colorado in Boulder. Prior to moving to Colorado, he was Research Scientist in the laboratory of Harry Levitt at the City University of New York. He received the BSEE and MSEE degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971, and the professional degree of Electrical Engineer from M.I.T. in 1972. He has developed many of the signal-processing algorithms implemented in the GN family of hearing aids, including the DFS feedback cancellation algorithm and the Warp-17 frequency-warped dynamic-range compression algorithm. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society, and is the author or co-author of 47 technical papers and holds 17 US patents with seven patents pending.