i-Free has held the conference "AINL: Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language"

"AINL: Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language" has gathered about 200 professionals from 23 Russian cities as well as from Germany, Finland, Spain and UK. Developers of AI-based solutions attended the conference, as well as researchers, students and professors from eight universities, representatives of engineering companies and startups that use AI-based solutions in their products and services.

As is customary, conference program focused on automated processing of natural language. The first day was dedicated to text processing technologies, while on the second the participants discussed intellectual agents and robots: speakers offered presentations dealing with human-robot communication, with the prospects of such systems and their actual level.

Renowned experts from Russia and abroad delivered speeches at AINL-2014: Heriberto Cuayáhuitl (Heriot-Watt University), Paolo Rosso (Universitat Politècnica de València), Irina Gurevich (Technische Universität Darmstadt), Anatoly Starostin (ABBYY), Artyom Seminikhin (IBM), Ilya Melnikov (Yandex), Igor Andreev (Mail.Ru), Serguey Ulasen, (Eugene Goostman chat bot that has successfully passed the famous Turing's test) and many others.

On the first Conference day, a round table was organized, dedicated to the creation of Russian thesauruses. Pavel Braslavsky (Kontur Labs) acted as round table moderator.

Poster and demo sessions held a special place at the Conference. 12 apps, both shrink-wrap and prototypes, and 13 researches have been unveiled, all dealing with artificial intelligence and natural language. Conference participants had an opportunity to learn about these projects and to discuss them with projects' authors and developers. This exchange of ideas was interesting and mutually useful.

In the end of the conference, Albert Efimov (Skolkovo Foundation) spoke about technical and scientific possibilities of the innovative center; he also informed the participants about the procedure of becoming Skolkovo technopark residents.

Ekaterina Ivanova, Head of Organizing Committee, commented the results of AINL-2014: "Conference's prime objective is to draw together researchers and business, to create opportunities for fruitful cooperation between AI developers and those who use AI-based solutions in their products and services. During the last three years, the conference developed into a practical platform for acquiring knowledge and exchanging experience, for communicating with colleagues and expanding the range of business contacts/ We are happy that the conference was a success this year. We are confident that it will give new momentum to the development of AI technologies in Russia".

Speakers at AINL-2014:

Heriberto Cuayáhuitl (Heriot-Watt University)

Paolo Rosso (Universitat Politècnica de València)

Artyom Seminikhin (IBM)

Ilya Melnikov (Yandex)


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