Jean-Marc Valin has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sherbrooke. He is the primary author of the Speex codec and one of the main authors of the Opus codec, both of which provide a free alternative to patented, proprietary audio codecs. He joined the Xiph.Org Foundation in 2002, just after Speex was created. His expertise includes speech and audio coding, speech recognition, echo cancellation, and other audio-related topics. He is currently employed by Mozilla to work on next-generation multimedia codecs.