“Hey Alexa, what job opportunities are available to linguists in Conversational AI?”

Event Date

We invite you to join us for the next Cluster talk on Thursday, Dec. 3rd from 12pm-1pm.

Our guest presenter on 12/03 will be Ciara Anderson
Ciara Anderson is a Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Davis.

Talk title: “Hey Alexa, what job opportunities are available to linguists in Conversational AI?”
Talk description: From understanding the NLP under the hood of Alexa and Google devices, to applying Gricean principles to the art of conversation design, the opportunities for those with linguistic expertise in the field of Conversational AI and voice technology are wide-ranging. This talk will touch on the technical aspects of careers in Conversational AI, such as helpful programming languages like Python and JavaScript, the use of SSML in incorporating prosodic features to voice bots and the principles involved in the conversation design process. The talk will wrap up with a demo of Google’s new Dialogflow CX console where you can see the conversation design process in action.
Bio: Dr. Ciara Anderson is a conversational engineer in industry and a part-time lecturer in linguistics at UC Davis. With a background in researching the syntax-semantics interface and linguistic typology in the Ring languages of Cameroon, she more recently moved into the field of voice and chatbot development. She is fascinated by the interaction between the humanities and technology and seeks to bring these two worlds together!

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