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Introducing Dr Arash Eshghi, Head of Linguistics

How would you describe your role at Alana? Alana’s overall goal is the design and implementation of natural, human-like conversational AI. My research on understanding human conversation, feeds directly into that process. In normal conversations, we are not thinking about

Introducing Ioannis Papaioannou, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer

Ioannis Papaioannou was one of the main developers of Alana when it initially appeared as an entrant in the 2017-2018 Amazon Alexa Prize Competition. He’s been a driving force in defining the technical direction of Alana and continues to encourage

Introducing Professor Verena Rieser, Co-founder and Head of NLP

Verena Rieser is a co-founder of Alana and Head of NLP. Find out how she is bringing ethics to the forefront of the future of the design of conversational AI.

Verena Rieser
Alana co-founder awarded prestigious fellowship from the Royal Society to develop multimodal conversational AI systems

In Summer 2020, Company co-founder Verena Rieser was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship by the Royal Society to develop multimodal Conversational AI systems. The project will contribute to the new research field known as Visual Dialogue, which aims

Introducing… Dr Ioannis Konstas, Head of Machine Learning

How would you describe your role? Let’s take the example of when a user speaks to Alana. Alana first has to understand what the user means and then decide the most appropriate response. This involves automatically creating the content from

Introducing Prof. Oliver Lemon, Chief AI Officer and co-founder

How would you describe your role? My role is leading research and development efforts to build the Alana platform and next generation of conversational AI features. I also talk a lot with our customers to find out what challenges they