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AIC Seminar Series

Dynamic Program Generation and the Bixby Assistant

Adam Cheyer Samsung[Home Page]

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Date:  Thursday, February 20th 2020 at 4:00pm

Location:  EK255 (SRI E building)  (Directions)

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For decades, the relationship between developer and computer was simple: the human told the machine what to do. Next came machine learning systems, where the machine was in charge of computing the functional logic behind developer-supplied examples, typically in a form that humans couldn’t even understand. Now we are entering a new age of software development, where humans and machines work collaboratively together, each doing what they do best. The Developer describes the "what" – objects, actions, goals – and the machine produces the "how", writing the code that satisfied each user’s request by interweaving developer-provided components. The result is a system that is easier to create and maintain, while providing an end-user experience that is more intelligent and adaptable to users’ individual needs. In this talk, we will show concrete examples of this software trend using a conversational assistant named Bixby. We will supply you with a freely downloadable development environment so that you can give this a try yourself, and teach you how to build a conversational experience in minutes, to start monetizing your content and services through a new channel that will be backed by more than a billion devices in just a few years.

   Bio for Adam Cheyer

Adam Cheyer is currently a Vice President of R&D at Samsung. Previously, he was co-founder and VP Engineering of Viv Labs, an artificial intelligence company acquired by Samsung in 2016.

Adam was also co-founder and VP Engineering of Siri, acquired by Apple in 2010 to build their virtual personal assistant, distributed on more than 1.5B devices.

Adam was a founding member and first developer at, the world’s largest petition platform with more than 300 million members. He also co-founded Sentient Technologies, which applies distributed machine learning algorithms to discover novel solutions to complex problems. Previously, Adam was VP Engineering at Verticalnet (enterprise software) and Dejima (mobile software). Adam also spent more than a decade at SRI International, where his most recent role was as Chief Architect of CALO, a large government-funded AI project.

Adam has authored more than 60 publications and 25 patents. He graduated with highest honors from Brandeis University and received the “Outstanding Masters Student” award from UCLA’s School of Engineering.

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