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Why do we organise this seminar on (chat)bots and conversational interfaces ?
Chatbots and conversational agents are computer programs, designed to behave like a human (hence the link with AI, Artifical Intelligence), in order to get information or get things done. Chatbots and AI assistants will grow in both enterprise and consumer spaces. Or, with the words of Satya Nadella: Chatbots will fundamentally revolutionize how computing is experienced by everybody" (July 2016).
During this seminar, we look at what chatbots and conversational agents are, how you can build them, and what types of applications are possible. One of our speakers will show how chatbots can revolutionize customer service, because they are available 24/7, much cheaper than humans, and accessible via standard messaging services like Facebook Messenger, Slack, WhatsApp, Kik or WeChat. They can respond very quickly to the questions and requests from many customers at the same time while staying highly personalized, making them an ideal tool to automate and streamline customer service processes.
Who should attend ?
This seminar answers these and many other questions:
Anyone interested in the automation of computer-human interaction (customer service, retail, e-commerce, search engines, ...) will benefit from this vendor-independent overview of what chatbots are and how your company can use them.
In this first session we introduce you to the concept of conversational agents and their history.
Then, we will also go over some interesting examples of conversational agents across many different sectors and we will discuss how the big players like Microsoft, IBM and Google are helping developers create the next generation of chatbots.
And finally, once you have a good idea of how a chatbot works and where it is used, we will show you a live demo on how to create your very own conversational agent.
In this demo, where we will be using IBM Watson's Conversation, we will show the process behind the development of conversational agents, allowing you to understand even better how they work and how you can use them in your business.
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During our first session we showed you how, and where, conversational agents are used.
During this session, we will continue our journey by first talking about connecting your agents to the world, because even the most wonderful conversational agent is useless if it cannot be accessed by your users. As an ultimate example, we will also be demonstrating how chatbots can be combined with robotics to form the ultimate solution for natural conversational interaction with your users.
Finally, we will discuss some best practices when designing your own conversational agents.
Our top speakers will look at the future of conversational agents, development platforms, as well as the use of this technology for machine-to-machine and internet-of-things interactions. Equally interesting are RPA robots (robotic process automation) that are already revolutionizing the way we think about and administer business processes, IT support processes, workflow processes, remote infrastructure and back-office work. And have you already seen IPsoft's Amelia, your digital employee ?