Dee Kanejiya

Virtual Learning Assistants for Scalable Education

This session will provide an introduction to Virtual Learning Assistants for scaling the quality and affordability of education. Compared to the general purpose Virtual Assistants designed to answer users’ short questions, Virtual Learning Assistants focus on evaluating users’ long explanatory answers and engaging them in a conversational tutoring dialog. This requires different types of Natural Language Understanding and Natural Language Generation models optimized for processing longer linguistic inputs. This session will provide technical details and application use cases of Virtual Learning Assistants.

Dee Kanejiya is the founder and CEO of Cognii, a leading provider of conversational AI technology to the education industry. He has over two decades of experience in technology and business development in the areas of AI, speech recognition, natural language understanding, and machine learning. Prior to starting Cognii, he developed multilingual virtual assistant technologies for smartphones at Nuance Communications, and Vlingo Corporation. He studied Master’s and PhD in Electrical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and conducted research at Carnegie Mellon University, and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.

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