Dynamic Talks: Portland "Voice interfaces, conversational commerce, and NLU"

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CoLab Coworking Portland

11481 SW Hall Blvd #201 · Tigard, OR

How to find us

Come through the lobby and up the stairs to the event - the suite number is 201, and the room is called the Grande Ronde Meeting room. There will be signage pointing you to the correct room.

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Come join us for the kick-off of Dynamic Talks in Portland!

Dynamic Talks is an ongoing meetup series featuring technical talks from some of the leading experts in tech in major cities around the US. Enjoy talks about the most innovative subjects in: AI, ML, voice platforms, the Cloud and search. Every event is free, with complimentary food and drinks.

In Portland, the topic of our first event will be “Voice Platforms, Conversational Commerce and NLU”. Our first speaker is Victoria Livschitz, Founder and CTO of Grid Dynamics, who will be speaking about, “Conversational commerce: emerging architectures for smart & useful chatbots”. The second speaker is Eugene Steinberg, Technical Fellow at Grid Dynamics, whose topic will be, “Not your father's search engine: deep learning applications for e-commerce search”. Come enjoy a night of technical talks and networking opportunities at CoLab Coworking Portland in Tigard. We hope to see you there!


[6:00PM - 6:30PM]: Guests arrive, pizza and drinks are served

[6:30PM - 7:15PM]: Victoria Livschitz's talk on “Conversational commerce: emerging architectures for smart & useful chatbots", followed by a Q&A

[7:15PM - 7:30PM]: Networking break

[7:30PM - 8:15PM]: Eugene Steinberg's talk on "Not your father's search engine: deep learning applications for e-commerce search", followed by a Q&A

[8:15PM - 9:00PM]: More networking time, closing remarks and the event ends

Talk details:

Victoria Livschitz's talk details:

Title: "Conversational commerce: emerging architectures for smart & useful chatbots"

Abstract: Smart speakers and messaging apps are increasing in popularity due to their convenience, intuitive usage, and new user experiences. Companies are racing to develop voice interfaces and AI technologies in order to utilize smart speakers and messaging platforms as a sales channel.

We are introducing Grid Genie, a completely open source, multi-device, conversational commerce platform. With this technology, we can help you engineer a powerful platform to combine your Alexa skills, Google actions, and Facebook Messenger into a single seamless experience.

About Victoria Livschitz:

Victoria Livschitz founded Grid Dynamics in 2006 in order to bring big, new ideas — open source, clouds, and big data — to large enterprises. Under her leadership, Grid Dynamics became a successful, fast-growing engineering IT services company known for transformative, mission-critical cloud solutions for the retail, finance, and technology sectors. In 2015, Victoria transitioned to the role of Chief Technology Officer.

Eugene Steinberg's talk details:

Title: "Not your father's search engine: deep learning applications for e-commerce search"

Abstract: In this talk, we will discuss how recent advancements in artificial intelligence are transforming traditional search technologies. Deep learning-based image analysis and natural language processing open exciting new horizons for search and recommendation applications across the industries. We’ll talk about how deep learning models can help conventional search engines to achieve better relevance. We will share our experience implementing innovative solutions for online retailers, finance and high tech customers.

About Eugene Steinberg:

Eugene Steinberg is a Technical Fellow and founding engineer at Grid Dynamics. As a Principal Architect and Consultant, Eugene has delivered some of the largest Grid Dynamics programs, from inception to production to maturing. He has many interests, including: information retrieval, e-commerce and enterprise search, natural language processing, computer vision, general science, and the art of building scalable distributed systems. Eugene earned a PhD in Applied Math from Saratov State University.


Parking is free: there are about 100 parking spaces, but please don’t park in spaces where there is writing in the ground, as these are reserved for members of the space.