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Seminar by Dr. Alan Nichol (CTO at RASA)

May 29, 2019

Speaker: Dr. Alan Nichol (CTO at RASA)                                                                                                         

Title: The 5 levels of AI assistants

Date: Wednesday May 29th, 2019

Time: 10:00am

Room:  EV12.163


Developers around the world are striving to build software that leverages conversational AI. It is helpful to split these efforts to 5 levels of capability, in analogy with research on autonomous vehicles. There is no straightforward dichotomy between dumb chatbots and AGI, but a series of gradations which can help us understand progress. I will talk about the key characteristics of level 3 conversational AI, which is where the most advanced teams are today. I will discuss the difficult machine learning and engineering problems that this poses, and how we see solutions developing within the Rasa community, leveraging research in the field to advance the state of the art.


Dr. Alan Nichol is the co-founder and CTO of Rasa, and a maintainer of Rasa NLU and Rasa Core, the leading open source libraries for building conversational AI. He is also the author of the DataCamp course “building chatbots in python”. He holds a PhD in machine learning from the University of Cambridge and has years of experience building AI products in industry.

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