Democratizing AI: Creating Cognitive AI Assistants with No Coding with Michelle Zhou

With the rapid advances of AI technologies and their applications, it is inevitable AI would become a big part of our personal and professional lives. While individuals and organizations wish to enlist AI’s help, not every individual or organization has the required skills or financial resources to create their own AI solutions. In this talk, Michelle will use the development of Cognitive AI Assistants as an example to describe the challenges, highlight the state-of-the-art advances, and explain the roles that people in different fields could play on the road to democratizing AI.

Michelle Zhou

Michelle Zhou is a Co-founder and CEO of Juji, Inc., a California-based company that develops Cognitive Artificial Intelligence (AI) Assistants in the form of chatbots. She is an expert in the field of Human-Centered AI, an interdisciplinary area that intersects AI and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Zhou has authored more than 100 scientific publications on subjects including conversational AI, personality analytics, and interactive visual analytics of big data. Prior to founding Juji, she spent 15 years at IBM Research and the Watson Group, where she managed the research and development of Human-Centered AI technologies and solutions, including IBM Watson Personality Insights. Zhou serves as Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (TiiS) and an Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (TIST), and was formerly the Steering Committee Chair for the ACM International Conference Series on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI). She is an ACM Distinguished Member.