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Voicebox Chief AI Scientist Receives Prestigious AI Research Award

BELLEVUE, Wash. —

Dr. Philip Cohen, Chief Scientist for Artificial Intelligence and Senior Vice President for Advanced Technology at Voicebox Technologies, has received the Sustained Accomplishment award from the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI). This prestigious award is given to senior scientists who have made innovative, long-lasting, and influential contributions to the field of multimodal interaction, interfaces, and systems.

Dr. Cohen is internationally known as one of the founders of the field of human-computer dialogue, natural language processing, and multimodal interaction.  His influential theories of intention, collaboration, and speech acts, along with their application to the AI fields of human-computer dialogue, multimodal interaction, and multi-agent systems have earned him international respect among AI researchers and developers of real-world AI systems.

“Dr. Cohen has contributed substantially to the field of artificial intelligence, and more specifically to natural language, dialog systems, and multimodal interfaces, in a career that spans four decades,” noted Prof. Louis-Philippe Morency, Chair of ICMI Steering Committee.

Both a respected scientist and entrepreneur, Dr. Cohen leads Voicebox’s semantic parsing and human-computer dialogue research team. This work has led to the development of the company’s new Conversational AI platform, which integrates cutting-edge AI techniques into the company’s pioneering contextual conversational voice system.

Throughout his career, Dr. Cohen has published over 150 refereed papers, including the 2006 inaugural Influential Paper award from the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems for his paper “Intention is Choice with Commitment,” co-authored with Prof. Hector Levesque. He is also a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and past president of the Association for Computational Linguistics.

“Voicebox has greatly benefitted from Phil’s rare combination of deep AI expertise and practical focus on what makes a better user experience,” said Mike Kennewick, CEO of Voicebox.  “His ground-breaking contributions, such as our truly unique Location Intelligence capability, demonstrates how AI makes the difference between traditional systems and our vision for interfaces that represent how humans really think about how they accomplish tasks in the world,” noted Kennewick. “We are delighted to congratulate him on this well-earned award.”

Dr. Cohen was formally presented with the Sustained Accomplishment award at the ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction in Glasgow, Scotland, this November, where he also delivered an invited Address.

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