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Competition III: The Conversational Intelligence Challenge
Mikhail Burtsev · Ryan Lowe · Iulian Vlad Serban · Yoshua Bengio · Alexander Rudnicky · Alan W Black · Shrimai Prabhumoye · Artem Rodichev · Nikita Smetanin · Denis Fedorenko · CheongAn Lee · EUNMI HONG · Hwaran Lee · Geonmin Kim · Nicolas Gontier · Atsushi Saito · Andrey Gershfeld · Artem Burachenok

Fri Dec 08 01:30 PM -- 03:00 PM (PST) @
Event URL: http://convai.io/ »
  • Overview of the Challenge
  • Awarding prize
  • Short presentation by winning team
  • Inspirational talk: Alexander Rudnicky Abstract: Current automatic systems use limited models of conversation with humans. Historically research in dialog systems has focused on goal-directed interaction for which objective measures of success could be defined. More recently attention has turned to so-called open-domain conversation chatbots, similar to social exchanges between people but for which measures of success are not yet agreed upon. On reflection, natural human communication is mostly a combination of task, social and likely other levels. The challenge is to understand how to manage such communication in a way that reflects human capabilities.
  • Panel Discussion. Moderated by Julian Serban. Panelists: Alexander Rudnicky, Dilek Hakkani-Tur, Jianfeng Gao and Joelle Pineau.

Author Information

Mikhail Burtsev (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT))
Ryan Lowe (McGill University)
Iulian Vlad Serban (MILA)
Yoshua Bengio (U. Montreal)
Alexander Rudnicky (Carnegie Mellon University)

Alexander I. Rudnicky is Professor Emeritus in the Language Technologies Institute in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Rudnicky's research has spanned many aspects of spoken language, including language modeling, spoken language system architectures, multi-modal interaction, and the analysis of conversational structure. Dr. Rudnicky and his students developed the PocketSphinx recognition system and the Ravenclaw dialog manager. More recently, Dr. Rudnicky has been active in research on open-domain conversational systems. Dr. Rudnicky interests in learning include induction of concepts and task structure from conversation, and the design of intelligent systems that proactively seek to acquire knowledge from people.

Alan W Black (Carnegie Mellon University)
Shrimai Prabhumoye (Carnegie Mellon University)
Artem Rodichev (Luka, Inc)
Nikita Smetanin (Luka Labs)
Denis Fedorenko (Luka Inc)
CheongAn Lee (AIBrain)
EUNMI HONG (Crosscert)
Hwaran Lee (KAIST)
Geonmin Kim (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
Nicolas Gontier (Mila)
Atsushi Saito (Nextremer)
Andrey Gershfeld (Flint Capital)
Artem Burachenok (Flint Capital)

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