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LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR - Making Alexa Smarter – AI at scale

Saturday 23 March: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, 20 Clarkson Road, CB3 0EH

Amazon's "Alexa" has continued to expand at a huge rate since launch, and is now on many devices and in many countries. Dr Craig Saunders, Head of Applied Science at Amazon Alexa Knowledge, will speak to some of the challenges of building the original voice assistant and deploying AI and ML at scale, whilst continuing to innovate and push boundaries. New features are brought to a large and increasing user base every day, with a service that is also very much in the public eye. Voice interactions are natural and can be almost a magical experience, but what are the challenges of building such systems? And what does AI at scale really mean here? It’s a complex challenge that requires combining language knowledge, research science, and engineering in the right way to deliver the right voice experience for customers. Dr Saunders will use Alexa to demonstrate some of the topics his team are working on, and the ways they are pushing to make Alexa smarter every day.

About the speaker:

Dr Craig Saunders is Head of Applied Science, Amazon Alexa Knowledge, leading a large group of several teams working on new innovations in Alexa and running the production pipeline that delivers responses to millions of users every day. Following his PhD in Machine Learning at Royal Holloway, Craig was a Lecturer in Computer Science at Southampton University before moving to industry. Prior to joining Amazon he was Managing Director of Xerox’s Analytics Resource Center. Craig combines a deep knowledge of state of the art data science techniques with business experience of bringing solutions to reality and is passionate about bringing data-driven innovations to the marketplace.

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