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[ontolog-forum] Proceedings: Ontolog invited speaker session - Adam Chey

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From: Peter Yim <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2010 21:04:20 -0800
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We had, earlier today (Thursday 25-Feb-2010), one of the most exciting
applications-oriented sessions at the Ontolog Forum. Our invited
speakers, Dr. Tom Gruber and Mr. Adam Cheyer, made a presentation and
demonstration on their Siri - Virtual Personal Assistant product, in a
talk entitled: "Siri: An Ontology-driven Application for the Masses."
... I, for one, was totally blown away by the way they had architected
and implemented this immensely complex mash-up of, practically, all
the state-of-the-art technologies associated with human-computer
interaction, ontology engineering, semantics, speech recognition,
service-oriented computing, cloud infrastructure, ... etc. the list
just goes on and on.    (01)

A huge "Thank You" goes out to Mr. Cheyer and Dr. Gruber for this
great session. We appreciate your sharing with us, not just your
product, but also the thoughts that went into the design, and some of
the work under the hood. And as always, we want to thank all the
participants who joined us at the event, and their contribution to the
very interesting Q&A that followed the presentation.    (02)

Full proceedings (including slides, in-session chat-transcript and the
audio recording) of the session has now been captured onto our session
at: http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2010_02_25    (03)

This work by Adam, Tom and their Team at Siri is easily one of the
most compelling examples of the possibilities and promise that
ontology-driven technology will be able to bring us in the future. The
archive session is contributing yet another significant piece in the
collective body of knowledge that this community is building together.
 ... So, thank you, once again, Adam, Tom and Your Team, for the great
work, and the inspiring presentation.    (04)

Best regards. =ppy    (05)

Peter Yim
Co-convener, ONTOLOG
--    (06)

On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 10:31 AM, Peter Yim <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Re: http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2010_02_25
> The Ontolog invited speaker session with Mr. Adam Cheyer & Dr. Tom
> Gruber giving a presentation and demo on "Siri: An Ontology-driven
> Application for the Masses" will be here tomorrow ...
> Thursday, 25-Feb-2010 - 10:30am PST / 1:30pm EST / 7:30pm CET / 6:30pm
> GMT / 18:30 UTC
> For those of you who would like to see a state-of-the-art mash-up of
> web, mobile, natural language (and other) technologies in an
> application that is driven by ontology engineering, you probably
> wouldn't want to miss this session . If you still haven't registered
> to join us tomorrow, please do so NOW!
> *RSVP* by emailing the sender (<peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>, offline please)
> or add yourself directly to the session page if you are already an
> Ontolog or UoM community member) so that we can prepare enough
> resources to support everyone.
> We shall look forward to your participation at the session!
> Regards.  =ppy
> --    (07)

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Peter Yim" <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
> To: ontolog-invitation@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Sent: Fri Feb 19 15:16:53 2010
> Subject: [ontolog-invitation] Ontolog invited speaker session - Adam
> Cheyer & Tom Gruber on "Siri" - Thu 2010.02.25
> Re: http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2010_02_25
> You are cordially invited to join us at the Ontolog Invited Speaker
> session scheduled for next Thursday, February 25, 2010.
> Time and again, we have been asked , "what can ontologies help do?"
> ... I suppose we will be getting one very compelling answer at the
> session. Joining us then will be our invited speakers Mr. Adam Cheyer
> and Dr. Tom Gruber, from Siri, Inc. who will be making a presentation
> entitled: "Siri: An Ontology-driven Application for the Masses."
> Abstract:
>  Siri is a Virtual Personal Assistant ... more specifically, an
> intelligent software one would download into his mobile device (like
> an iPhone or a Nexus One phone) and have it start "doing" things for
> you like an assistant.
>  Siri was born out of SRI's CALO Project (which Adam had presented
> at the Ontolog Forum before back in 2006), the largest Artificial
> Intelligence project in U.S. history. (CALO stands for Cognitive
> Assistant that Learns and Organizes). Made possible by a $150 million
> DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) investment, the CALO
> Project included 25 research organizations and institutions and
> spanned 5 years.
>  Among other accolades, Siri has been recognized by the MIT
> Technology Review as one of their "TR 10" in 2009 - the magazine's
> annual recognition of the list of top 10 emerging technologies that
> can change the way we live.
>  Started in 2007 in a stealth mode, Siri has finally released their
> product earlier this month. We are glad Adam and Tom (who co-founded
> Siri, along with Dag Kittlaus) can come and give us this talk and a
> demo on this brainchild of theirs and their team.
> As before, a Q&A and open discussion segment is planned for this
> session, and will take place right after the speakers' presentations.
> Please refer to full agenda and details (including dial-in numbers for
> more European countries) at the session wiki page
> at: http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2010_02_25
> This event, like all Ontolog virtual events, is open and free of
> charge. Anyone who is interested, or (better still) who may have
> something to contribute, is welcome. Please refer to event details on
> the session page, to which the hyperlink is given above, where you
> will find session agenda, conference call dial-in, slides and other
> pertinent information. Feel free to pass this invitation along to
> colleagues who may also find these sessions to be of interest.
> *RSVP* by emailing Peter Yim at <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx> offline (or add
> yourself directly to the session page if you are already an Ontolog
> member) so that we can prepare enough resources to support everyone.
> [Please state clearly the date of the session you are registering for
> in your email.]
> This session will be recorded and made available in a publicly
> accessible archive. Therefore, before participating, please make sure
> you are cognizant of our IPR policy (ref:
> http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?WikiHomePage#nid32).
> Regards. =ppy
> Peter P. Yim
> Co-convener, ONTOLOG
> --    (08)

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