#BotTO Natural Language Processing for Chatbots with Rasa

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During this #BotTO meetup we will discuss the latest trends in Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Understanding (NLU) for developing chatbots.

6.30pm: Registration, networking with snacks and drinks sponsored by Rasa https://rasa.com

6.50pm: Welcome and Community Announcements

7pm: Bot Demo – Luis Carreiro: Co-Founder and CPO of CRIS Research Inc. (10 minutes) - CRIS (Conversational Research Insight System) is a text-based virtual moderator that allows clients to understand the ‘why’ behind consumers’ perceptions and behaviours faster & with less expense, giving clients more opportunity to apply qual insights to their business decisions.

7.10pm: "Building Your Own Conversational AI With Open Source Tools"
- Justina Petraitytė, Data Scientist and Developer Advocate for Conversational AI at Rasa

Justina has a background in Econometrics and Data Analytics. Her curiosity for Data Science and human behavior analytics has taken her to many places and industries – over the past three years she has been working as a Data Scientist across video gaming, fintech, insurance industries. Her interest in chatbots, natural language processing, and open source has led her to Rasa, a Berlin-based conversational AI startup where she works as a Developer Advocate focusing on improving developer experience in using open source software for conversational AI.

7.30pm: "Off-the-shelf vs. Open Souce NLP frameworks"
- Mangirdas Adomaitis, Data scientist at Eddy Travels

Mangirdas is passionate about everything data and machine learning. For the past 7 years, Mangirdas has been leading big data and natural language processing initiatives in e-commerce, advertising, and telecommunications industries. Also, Mangirdas regularly speaks at developer meetups about big data and NLP for chatbots.

7.45pm Discussion panel "The Latest Trends in NLP"
- Moderator: Jason Brenier, Vice President of Strategy at Georgian Partners
- Cameron Schuler, Chief Commercialization Officer and VP, Industry Innovation, at Vector Institute
- Gordon Gibson, Machine Learning Lead at Ada
- Mangirdas Adomaitis, Data scientist at Eddy Travels
- Justina Petraitytė, Data Scientist and Developer Advocate for Conversational AI at Rasa

Jason Brenier, Vice President of Strategy at Georgian Partners. Jason has more than 15 years of experience applying advanced analytics, computational linguistics and machine learning to business problems in the financial services, pharmaceutical, and legal domains. Jason holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where his research focused on computational linguistics and speech and language processing systems. He was a visiting researcher at Stanford University and a member of the Stanford Natural Language Processing Group.

Cameron Schuler is the Chief Commercialization Officer & Vice President, Industry Innovation at the Vector Institute. He is the former Executive Director of Amii (amii.ca), where, for 8 years, he led one of the top-ranked Machine Learning and AI groups in the world. Cameron’s multifaceted career has covered finance, business & product development, consumer products, IT and general management from start-ups to mature companies. His industry experience includes Alternative Energy, Banking, Consumer Products, Information Technology (Consumer and Enterprise), Investment Sales and Trading, Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Medical Devices, Oil & Gas, and Oil & Gas Services.

Gordon Gibson, Machine Learning Lead at Ada. For the past two and a half years Gordon has been the lead machine learning developer at Ada, an AI-powered platform for customer service automation, seeing the company grow from three people to eighty. Originally studying in Engineering Physics and Operations Research, his interest now lies in developing machine learning applications which are both practical and thoughtfully-designed.