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Richard Wallace
Chief Science Officer
Pandorabots, Inc.

Dr. Richard S. Wallace is the Chief Science Officer of Pandorabots, Inc, author of Artificial Intelligence Markup Language (AIML) and Botmaster of A.L.I.C.E. (Artificial Linguistic Internet Computer Entity). In 1995 Dr. Wallace began working on the A.L.I.C.E. chatbot. A.L.I.C.E. won the Loebner Prize, an annual Turing Test, in 2000, 2001 and 2004. Another AIML bot, Mitsuku, won the Loebner Prize in 2013. In 2002 he began an important collaboration with Franz, Inc. to create Pandorabots, an AIML server and interpreter implemented in Common Lisp. In 2008 the project was spun off as an independent business, Pandorabots Inc. In 2009, Wallace organized and hosted the first Chatbots 3.x conference, bringing together industry leaders from the virtual assistants field to meet and share their latest developments. The advent of Siri and mobile virtual assistant technology opened a new frontier for AIML technology. Dr. Wallace created the CallMom app for Android, the first mobile assitant app with multiple chatbot personality choices and a sophisticated learning feature. In 2013, the successor app CallMom BASIC became the first virtual assistant to embed the AI function directly on a mobile device. Motivated by the changing requirements of mobile devices, Wallace undertook the first major revision to the AIML language in a decade. Published in early 2013, the AIML 2.0 specification includes a number of new features that support development of mobile apps with chatbot functionality. A complete revision of the ALICE personality using AIML 2.0 features in available as ALICE 2.0 in the CallMom BASIC app.

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