NLP & Alternative Data + Conversational AI & Data-Driven Dialog Design

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We'll have two speakers at our July 16th meetup. RSVP both on the meetup page and at

Vyas Tungaturti from will speak on NLP and the Rise of Alternative Data and Paul Tepper, Nuance, will cover technologies applied to conversational AI today and what problems Nuance is aiming at right now (including dialog learning) at a higher level.

Doors open at 6 p.m. -- we'll have refreshments courtesy of sponsor Lexalytics ( -- and our program starts at 6:30 pm.

Paul's talk: I'll give an overview of the state of the art in AI & ML technologies applied in production conversational AI systems today. Then I'll define the problems and opportunities associated with designing and building dialogs for virtual assistants, chatbots and voice bots. Lastly, I'll discuss how the new project we're working on, Pathfinder, attempts to address these problems, leveraging a combination of AI, ML and NLP methods.

Vyas's talk: In the quest for alpha and efficiency, companies are digging deeper into unstructured data and looking for ways to tame text at scale. NLP can help us research companies and industries with minimal human intervention, similar to how self-driving cars can get us from point A to point B.

Paul Tepper is the Head of the Technology Advancement Group's AI Lab and Product Manager for AI, ML and Natural Language Understanding (NLU). Paul is responsible for setting Nuance's AI Strategy and leading product development for AI, ML and NLU products. Paul has studied and worked in the field of dialog systems and NLP for 20 years, with over a decade of experience in software development and AI research. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science & Communication Studies from Northwestern University, an MSc in AI & NLP from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in Computer Science, Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Rutgers University.

Vyas Tungaturti is the Founder of, a startup using NLP to solve business problems in the areas of market research, due diligence and compliance. He is also an independent M&A consultant assisting multi-billion dollar integrations and divestitures.