Location: Huawei Bldg E, 2890 Scott Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA 95050

Time: January  21, 2016 Thursday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm    Reserve Now                                                         Join BAMMF

The Future of Intelligent Agents in Consumer Devices

What's next as the smart phone wave crests: autonomous vehicles, robots, internet of things, wearables? A common thread across these categories is the increased need for speech and conversation to interact and control them. The same machine learning technologies that have made speech recognition surprisingly accurate are also enhancing our devices' abilities to predict what we are doing and deliver services and information proactively. Intelligent agents make interacting with computers more natural but can an intelligent agent be a product in itself or must it continue as a feature on top of devices? Is an intelligent agent inherently just a collection of nice-to-have utilities or is there a "killer app" that will compel consumers to buy/subscribe to one?

This collection of presentations explores innovations surrounding this fundamental question along with tangential issues: What are the remaining technology barriers? What is the business ecosystem for intelligent agents? Will the intelligence be serving the consumer or corporations? Will the intelligence continue to exist primarily in a device or will it shift primarily into the cloud? Will privacy concerns finally create a backlash? How will consumer lives and products change as agent technologies become the main way we interact with devices?


Bo Begole

Vice President, Global head, Media Lab at Huawei Technologies

Oliver Brdiczka

Co-founder and Chief Data Scientist at People Prodigy, Inc.


Ron Kaplan

Job Title:  Vice President and Distinguished Scientist

Affiliation: Nuance Communications

Bio: Ron Kaplan is a Vice President and Distinguished Scientist at Nuance Communications and directs the Natural Language and Artificial   Before that, he was Chief Technology Officer and Chief Scientific Officer at Powerset, a deep semantic-search company that Microsoft acquired and merged into Bing. Powerset was a spin-out of the (Xerox) Palo Alto Research Center and was based on technology developed by the natural language research group that Ron directed for many years at PARC. He holds 36 patents for inventions in the language technology field.

Ron is known for his influential contributions to computational linguistics and linguistic theory, particularly in the areas of morphology and syntax. He is a past President and Fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics. He is a co-recipient of the 1992 Software System Award of the Association for Computing Machinery, a Fellow of the ACM, and a Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society.  He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University and was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Humanities at Copenhagen University. Ron continues to serve as a Consulting Professor of Linguistics at Stanford University.

Talk Title:  The Conversational User Interface

Abstract:  Work on both the graphical user interface (GUI) and the conversational user interface (CUI) started at about the same time, about 40 years ago.  The GUI was a lot easier to implement, and it made computing and information resources available to ordinary people and not just to technical specialists. But over the years the GUI has lost much of its simplicity and charm.  The CUI has taken many more years to develop, requiring major scientific and engineering advances in speech, natural language processing, user-modeling, and reasoning, not to mention increases in cost-effective computation.  This talk surveys some of the technologies that are evolving to support natural conversation and suggests that natural conversation is what will permit simple interaction with the complex digital devices that we now encounter in our everyday lives.

Adam Coates

Job Title: Director

Affiliation:  Silicon Valley AI Lab, Baidu Research

Bio: Adam Coates is Director of the Silicon Valley AI Lab at Baidu Research in Sunnyvale. He received his PhD in 2012 from Stanford University and subsequently was a post-doctoral researcher at Stanford. During his graduate career, Coates co-developed the most sophisticated autonomous helicopter in the world, capable of advanced aerobatic maneuvers. He also worked on perception systems for household robots before studying deep learning algorithms. His thesis work investigated issues in the development of deep learning methods, particularly the success of large neural networks trained from large datasets. He also led the development of large scale deep learning methods using distributed clusters and GPUs. At Stanford, his team trained artificial neural networks with over 11 billion connections—the largest in the world—using techniques for high performance computing systems

Talk Title: Deep Speech

Abstract: (to come later)

Emmanuel Munguia Tapia

Co-founder and CTO


Dr. Emmanuel Munguia Tapia received his MS and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and has over 15 years of multi-disciplinary expertise combining machine learning, context awareness and novel sensor hardware to make mobile, wearable and IoT devices smarter. He is presently the cofounder and chief technology officer of AlgoSnap Inc., a startup focused on creating intelligent algorithms and analytics from massive sensor datasets to achieve unprecedented IoT device intelligence. Dr. Munguia Tapia was previously a technologist and strategist at Intel Corporation in the areas of machine learning, context awareness, sensors, and biosensors. As the former director of Context Awareness and Mobile Sensing for Samsung he won the Samsung Gold Medal Award for creating the most innovative technology company wide in 2014. He was also the recipient of the 10 year impact award at UBICOMP 2014, the top International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing.

Dr. Munguia Tapia also holds a diploma in Engineering Leadership from University of California Berkeley and has 36+ international publications and 10+ patents. Past employers include Nokia Research, Oracle America, Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, and Intel Research Labs. He obtained his bachelor’s degree with honors from the Instituto Politecnico Nacional (IPN), Mexico. At the time, he was named one of the best graduating engineers of the country by ANFEI and received the "Presea Lazaro Cardenas" award, one of the highest recognitions to academic excellence given by the President of Mexico.

Pilar Manchón

Director of Intelligent Digital Assistance & Voice at Intel Corporation

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What's BAMMF?

BAMMF is a Bay Area Multimedia Forum series. Experts from both academia and industry are invited to exchange ideas and information through talks, tutorials, posters, panel discussions and networking sessions. Topics of the forum will include but not limited to emerging areas in vision, audio, touch, speech, text, sensors, human computer interaction, natural language processing, machine learning, media-related signal processing, communication, and cross-media analysis etc. Talks in the event may cover advancement in algorithms and development, demonstration of new inventions, product innovation, business opportunities, etc. If you are interested in giving a presentation at the forum, please contact us.