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April 20th, 2020

L3-AI: A Virtual Conference for the Global Conversational AI Community

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    Alex Weidauer

In a time when many of us are away from our offices and colleagues, it's still vitally important to connect with one another in the conversational AI community. On June 18, 2020, we invite you to join us for a free, completely online event: the L3-AI conference.

The Level 3 AI Assistant Conference-L3-AI for short-brings together researchers, engineers, and designers who are making Level 3 assistants a reality. This means building assistants that can understand complex dialogues and provide meaningful value to users. Assistants with these capabilities are running in some of the world's largest enterprises, but this technology isn't reserved for just a few. Level 3 assistants operate in fields like public health, education, and community outreach, and they're also built by independent makers driven by creativity and the desire to innovate and learn.

Our primary focus is on the health and wellbeing of our community, and for that reason, we've decided to hold the entire L3-AI event online. While we'll miss the opportunity to shake hands and talk in person, we gain the ability to make this event accessible to the Rasa community around the globe, free of charge. The schedule will be arranged in blocks that make the content accessible to attendees in most time zones.


Conversational AI is still a hard problem to solve, and the teams building exceptional AI assistants don't get there with shortcuts or off the shelf solutions. They rely on tools, research, and techniques that produce AI assistants able to stand up to users' expectations and meet business goals. At L3-AI, we'll explore what goes into successfully implementing complex assistants.

Put simply, Level 3 assistants are here today, and we'll hear real stories from the people who build them.


We're excited to introduce our first round of speakers for L3-AI. Our lineup includes innovators and trailblazers in the field of conversational AI, experienced practitioners operating conversational AI programs at scale, as well as a few superheroes you may recognize from the Rasa community.

Adam Cheyer

Adam is an inventor, entrepreneur, engineering executive, and a pioneer in AI and computer human interfaces. He's been a founding member of four successful startups, including Siri, where he led server-side engineering and AI. Adam currently leads product engineering and developer relations as VP R&D for Viv Labs, acquired by Samsung.

Ines Montani

Ines is the co-founder of Explosion AI, a co-developer of spaCy, and lead developer of Prodigy. She is a software developer working on artificial intelligence and natural language processing technologies.

Dr. Catherine Breslin

Catherine is a machine learning scientist and manager. Since completing her PhD at the University of Cambridge, she has commercial and academic experience in automatic speech recognition, natural language understanding and human-computer dialogue systems. Catherine is excited by the application of research to real-world problems.

Shikib Mehri

Shikib is a PhD candidate at Carnegie Mellon University's Language Technologies Institute, working on dialog systems. Recently, he won best paper at SIGdial 2019 for his team's work on Structured Fusion Networks.

Julian Gerhard

Julian is CTO at SUSI&James GmbH, a startup focused on digital voice assistants and artificial intelligence. His interests lie in combining machine learning with natural language processing to create a bridge between humans and machines. Julian is a Rasa superhero, known for his work with Rasa on Raspberry Pi computers and smart hardware.

Janani Pathangi

Janani is a Distinguished Engineer at Optum, a division of UnitedHealth Group. She leads a small, innovative team, and has onboarded many new technologies, including big data, IoT, AI chatbots and more at Optum.

Sign up to speak

Speaker slots are still available! We're looking for speakers with a unique point of view on building Level 3 assistants. We're excited to receive talks on the following topics, and you can submit your proposal here.

  • Conversational AI is real - focus on how-to, real life examples, assistants in practice
  • Great conversational AI is not easy
  • Research, tools, and services needed to build truly contextual assistants
  • Lessons learned with shipping contextual assistants in production
  • How to leverage the latest research in ML and NLP


We'd like L3-AI to have representatives from throughout the conversational AI ecosystem. So, in addition to speakers, we're welcoming companies participating in providing conversational AI to apply to join for a virtual expo hall. We'd like to feature products that are making great tools and services used to build Level 3 contextual assistants. To apply to this free partnership program and join the expo hall, contact us here.

Registrations now open

Sign up here to reserve your ticket. Our goal is to make this event accessible to as many people as possible, so this event is free and scheduled with our worldwide community in mind. Whether you're a developer, conversational designer, or AI innovation leader, we hope you'll take away something new about building better AI assistants and leave inspired by what's possible.