"Building an Artificially Intelligent and Socially Engaging Conversation Engine"

Wei-Ying Ma, Microsoft Research Asia

April 2nd (Thursday), 9:30am
Buchanan Hall 1920

In this talk, I will introduce some of the latest research from Microsoft in building an artificially intelligent and socially engaging chat-bot service that has been gaining popularity in China. Many technologies from latest advancements in machine learning, knowledge mining, natural language understanding, and multimedia analysis have been leveraged to help us develop such a service, which offers not only an incredible source to mine human intelligence but also a new entry point for web search and recommendation. I will also talk about how multimedia can be used to enhance user’s experience in chatting and expressing emotion.

About Wei-Ying Ma:

Dr. Wei-Ying Ma is an Assistant Managing Director at Microsoft Research Asia, where he oversees multiple research groups, including Web Search and Data Management, Natural Language Computing, Knowledge Mining, Machine Learning, and Internet Economics and Computational Advertising. He and his team of researchers have developed many key technologies that have been transferred to Microsoft’s Applications and Services Group, including Bing Search Engine and Microsoft Advertising. He has published more than 250 papers at international conferences and in journals. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Distinguished Scientist of the ACM. He served on the editorial boards of ACM Transactions on Information System (TOIS) and is a member of the International World Wide Web (WWW) Conferences Steering Committee. In recent years, he has served as program co-chair of WWW 2008 and as general co-chair of ACM SIGIR 2011.

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