Natural Language Processing
PRESENTER: Charles Ortiz

Charles Ortiz is Director of the Artificial Intelligence and Reasoning Group at the Nuance Natural Language and AI Laboratory in Sunnyvale, CA. Prior to joining Nuance, he was the director of research in collaborative multi-agent systems at the AI Center at SRI International.

His research interests and contributions are in multi-agent systems (collaborative dialogue-structured assistants, collaborative work environments, negotiation protocols, and logic-based BDI theories), knowledge representation and reasoning (causation, counterfactuals, and commonsense reasoning), and robotics (cognitive robotics, team-based robotics, and dialogue-based human-robot interaction). He has approximately 20 years of technical leadership and management experience in leading major projects and setting strategic directions.

He has collaborated extensively with faculty and students at many academic institutions including Harvard University, Bar-Ilan University, UC Berkeley, Columbia University, University of Southern California, Vassar College, and Carnegie Mellon University. He holds a S.B. in Physics from MIT, an M.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Following his PhD research, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University.

He has taught courses at Harvard and at UC Berkeley (as an Adjunct Professor) and has also presented tutorials at technical conferences (IJCAI 1999 and 2005, AAAI 2002 and 2004, AAMAS 2002-2004).

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