Mar 24

Using Chatbots as a Novel Communication Technique

An open lecture and workshop by
Stavros Vassos, PhD
Founder, CEO, AI Architect at Helvia

When: Friday, March 24, 18:00–21:00

Where: Center for the Arts Auditorium

Organized by: The Graduate Master Class Series, School of Graduate and Professional Education

To reserve your place, please contact Maria Kritikou via email: mkritikou@acg.edu or telephone: 210 6009800 ext. 1210.


Workshop Description

Messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger, Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, etc. have already outgrown social networks having hundreds of millions of monthly active users. In these apps, people communicate mostly by chatting, i.e., talking to each other by writing messages directly on their smartphone or on a web-based version of the messaging app. Many messaging apps have already opened their platform to developers to build chatbots, which are computer programs that chat with people either for fun and leisure, or for handling a specific need such as finding information or buying a desired good. This emerging trend opens up opportunities for using chatbots as a novel communication technique.
The first part of the master class will present case examples of use, and introduce basic principles for designing chatbots, going over Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Storytelling. For the second part, a hands-on workshop will take place and participants will be instructed on how to build a simple chatbot as “live marketing communication material” for a commercial company.

Stavros Vassos

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Dr. Stavros Vassos is passionate about Artificial Intelligence (AI) as an interface to the modern computing world. He holds an MSc and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Toronto in Canada, and a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. During 2012-2016 he worked as an Assistant Professor in the Sapienza University of Rome, and in the fall of 2016 he moved to Athens and founded Helvia.io, a startup that develops custom AI business solutions.

Dr. Vassos teaches and works in a variety of scenarios related to interaction design, the internet of things, videogames, and Chatbots!