Development of Chatbot Technologies and Challenges

Development of Chatbot Technologies and Challenges
Date & Time: 
Monday, December 11, 2017 -
17:00 to 18:30
Yik-Cheung Tam (Principal NLP scientist at Wechat AI, Tencent)
Room 101, 1555 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai
Talk Abstract: Recently, chatbot has become a hot topic in the artificial intelligence community. Many companies have invested in deploying their chatbots for commercial use including Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana, Amazon Alexa etc. In this talk, the speaker will introduce techniques for natural language understanding  that extracts semantic information from natural language queries in task-oriented chatbots.  Then he will talk about Xianer, a chit-chat based chatbot built at Wechat AI. He will conclude with challenges and future work.

Speaker's Bio: Yik-Cheung (Wilson) Tam is a principal NLP scientist at Wechat AI focusing on research and development of chatbots. From 2015 to 2017, Wilson was a senior NLP scientist at Microsoft (Suzhou) working on natural language understanding for Cortana, a Microsoft's virtual personal assistant. He has 6-year research experiences in USA, including SRI international Inc (formerly Stanford Research Institute), and Nuance communications Inc.  In 2009, Wilson obtained a PhD degree in language technologies at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interest includes natural language processing, machine translation, automatic speech recognition and machine learning.

NYU Shanghai Center for Data Science and Analytics is the sponsor for this event. Prof. Keith Ross will introduce Wilson Tam.


Schedule of Fall 2017 Seminar Series on Data Science and AI:

Oct 23, 5-6:30pm, Room 101, Dafei Yin (Data Scientist, Mobike), How Mobike Data Help Improve the Operation and City Planning

Nov 1, 5-6:30pm, Room 101, Guido Gerig (Professor of CS, NYU), Medical Image Analysis: Extracting Information from Image Data

Nov 7, 5-6:30pm, Room 102, Michael Wu (Chief Scientist, Lithium), AI is the New BI: How to Get Your Enterprise Ready for the AI Revolution

Nov 28, 5:6:30pm, Room 1504, Kai Yu (Hotizon Robotics), The Brain of Autonomous Driving: from Algorithms to Processors

Dec 4, 5-6:30pm, Room 1504, Lan Liu (Didi), Explore The Path for Sharing

Dec 11, 5-6:30pm, Room 101, Wilson Tam (Tenccent), Development of Chatbot Technologies and Challenges

Location & Details: 

To our visitors

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  • There is no public parking on campus
  • Entrance only through the South Lobby (1555 Century Avenue) 
  • Taxi card


Metro: Century Avenue Station, Metro Lines 2/4/6/9 Exit 6 in location B

Bus: Century Avenue at Pudian Road, Bus Lines 169/987