Justine Cassell

Assoc. Dean, Technology Strategy & Impact, Carnegie Mellon University. Artificial Intelligence expert

Speaker Fee Range: $20,000 - $50,000 USD

Travels From: Pittsburgh, USA

Justine Cassell is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

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    Justine Cassell

    Assoc. Dean, Technology Strategy & Impact, Carnegie Mellon University. Artificial Intelligence expert

    Speaker Fee Range: $20,000 - $50,000 USD

    Travels From: Pittsburgh, USA

    Justine Cassell is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

    Justine Cassell Speaker Biography

    Justine Cassell’s research interests originated in the study of human-human conversation and storytelling. Progressively she became interested in allowing computational systems to participate in these activities. This new technological focus led her to deconstruct the linguistic elements of conversation and storytelling in such a way as to embody machines with conversational, social and narrative intelligence so that they could interact with humans in human-like ways. Increasingly, however, her research has come to address the impact and benefits of technologies such as these on learning and communication.

    In particular, Cassell is credited with developing the Embodied Conversational Agent (ECA), a virtual human capable of interacting with humans using both language and nonverbal behavior. More recently Cassell has investigated the role that the ECA can play in children’s lives, as a Story Listening System (SLS): peer support for learning language and literacy skills. And Cassell has also employed linguistic and psychological analyses to look at the effects of online conversation among a particularly diverse group of young people on their self-esteem, self-efficacy, and sense of community.

    Once machines have human-like capabilities, can they be used to evoke the best communicative skills that humans are capable of, the richest learning? This is the goal of Cassell’s research: to develop technologies that evoke from humans the most human and humane of our capabilities, and to study their effects on our evolving world.
    Cassell is the director emerita of the HCII. Currently, in addition to her role as a professor, Cassell is also associate dean of the School of Computer Science for technology strategy and impact at CMU, co-director of the university’s Simon Initiative, and co-director of the university’s Yahoo-InMind collaboration.

    Justine is one of the best speakers in the world on artificial intelligence and robotics, and is a regular at Davos where she is invited every year to share her thoughts and expertise.

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    Justine Cassell Keynote Topics

    We are at the beginning of a decades-long trend toward increasingly data-intensive, evidence-based decision making across all walks of life, fueled by big data and machine learning algorithms. In this talk, Justine will introduce the opportunities and surprises that AI will bring us, and give us her answers to the questions that entrepreneurs would care about the most, such as: what are the probable future products? What are the probable future business models? What are the possible game changers? etc., and most importantly, her advice to entrepreneurs and startup founders on how to find the market with the most value.

    In today's era of intelligent assistants of all kinds, a conversational front end is a necessity. Particularly in the mobile and home domains where users may be engaged in multiple tasks at the same time, and have their eyes on something other than a screen, the ability to use conversation to access services is particularly important. On the other hand, most existent conversational user interfaces are really thinly veiled search engines. The interaction between user and system couldn't be called a "conversation" by a long shot. In this talk I'll discuss what natural language and AI challenges face us as we try to design the conversational personal assistants of the future, and how to meet those challenges.

    In this talk Dr. Cassell will describe some unexpected results about the ways in which social interaction supports and improves task performance in people, and how social interactiohen can profitably be integrated into AI, with implications for the future of AI, the future of work, and the future of social interaction.

    Will progress in AI and Robotics mean the end of work as we know it today? Is it true that robots fueled by AI will replace millions of humans at their jobs? These are the questions that every industry and company is asking themselves, and Dr. Cassell, one of the leading AI and robotics experts and professor at CMU will answer them in this fascinating talk.

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