Dominique Boucher

Building a Conversational AI Platform for Banking

AI Assistants and chatbots have the potential to redefine how clients interact with their financial institution. But, as is the case with other AI technologies, their implementation can easily upset processes and architectures that have been in place for decades. In this talk, I will present the driving forces behind the development of National Bank of Canada's dialogue system platform and our vision. In particular, I will explain why we chose to build our own platform based on open-source technologies by partnering with a local start-up, and the lessons we have learned along the way.

Dominique Boucher is currently Leader, AI Software Engineering at National Bank of Canada where he is responsible for the development of NBC's dialogue system platform from the technical side. His main interests revolve around the application of AI/machine learning techniques to complex business problems, and in the use of conversational interfaces to help optimize business processes in particular. Prior to that, he was the CTO of Nu Echo where he led the Omnichannel Innovations Lab, from both the business and R&D perspectives. He has been in the speech recognition and conversational AI industry for more than 20 years. He holds a PhD from the University of Montreal.

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