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William Jarrold is a senior scientist at Nuance Communications. His research in intelligent conversational assistants
draws upon expertise in ontology, knowledge representation and reasoning, natural language understanding, and
statistical natural language processing (NLP). Throughout
his career he has developed computational models to augment and understand human cognition. In prior work at
the University of California, Davis and the SRI Artificial
Intelligence Lab he has applied statistical NLP to the differential diagnosis of neuropsychiatric conditions. At SRI and
the University of Texas he developed ontologies for intelligent tutoring (HALO) and cognitive assistants (CALO). Early in his career he worked at MCC and Cycorp developing
ontologies to support commonsense reasoning in Cyc — a
large general-purpose knowledge-based system. His Ph.D. is
from the University of Texas at Austin and his BS is from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Peter Z. Yeh is a senior principal research scientist at
Nuance Communications. His research interests lie at the
intersection of semantic technologies, data and web mining, and natural language understanding. Prior to joining
Nuance, Yeh was a research lead at Accenture Technology
Labs where he was responsible for investigating and applying AI technologies to various enterprise problems ranging
from data management to advanced analytics. Yeh is currently working on enhancing interpretation intelligence
within intelligent virtual assistants and automatically constructing large-scale knowledge repositories necessary to
support such interpretations. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from The University of Texas at Austin.
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