O’Reilly’s Solid Conference 2015 to Include Speech and Intelligent Assistant Topics

O’Reilly’s Solid Conference 2015, covering the topics of Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things is shaping up to be a very interesting event. Solid 2015, aka Solidcon, takes place in San Francisco from June 23-25, 2015.

O'Reilly SolidThe event includes tutorials, presentations, keynotes, and an exhibitor section. Two of the presentations announced in the schedule caught my attention.

Tim Lynch of Nuance wlll be speaking about “Designing for Dialogue: How Speech Unifies the Internet of Things.” Lynch’s presentation touches on a number of compelling topics related to speech technology, including how we can use speech to create common experiences across different connected devices and considerations for designing effective speech interfaces.

Mark Stephen Meadows is speaking about “The Design of Personalities and Natural Language UX.”  Meadows is the founder of Geppetto Avatars, which creates 3D animated intelligent assistants for a variety of use cases, in particular for the healthcare space. Meadows’ discussion touches on topics such as how power dynamics and the role of psychology affect the success of embodied virtual agents that act as healthcare advisors.

The Solidcon website indicates that the best pricing for the conference ends on April 2, so you still have some time to make up your mind about attending. If you’re a student or independent innovator, you only have until midnight of February 27th (that’s tomorrow!) to apply to become a Solid Fellow and have all your expenses to the event paid.

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