The First Open Virtual Assistant Workshop

The First Open Virtual Assistant Workshop was held on October 30, 2019, as part of the Stanford HAI Symposium. The workshop gathered together people interested in this topic to share interests in the field, the state of the art, latest research, and to learn how to further develop the field.

By Monica Lam. Published December 3, 2019.

Home Assistant State of The Union 2019 (Feat. Almond)

Home Assistant is the leading open-source IoT gateway, and Almond is now integrated with it. Almond powers the Home Assistant conversation support, also now has the ability to interact with dozens of different IoTs across hundreds of brands. This integration was announced at the Home Assistant State of the Union yearly conference on November 13th, and released on November 22nd.

Published November 13, 2019.

This October: Make Four Pull Requests and Get A Free T-Shirt

We’re participating in Hacktoberfest this year to celebrate the open-source community.

By Euirim Choi. Published October 2, 2019.

A Season of Talks (Videos)

The Almond team has been travelling the country to present this summer. Videos are now available.

By Giovanni Campagna. Published September 16, 2019.

NSF Grant: Autonomy and Privacy with Open Federated Virtual Assistants

We are excited to announce that we have received an NSF research grant on our project "Autonomy and privacy with federated virtual assistants". The goal is to make natural language technology publicly available, create an open skill platform available to all assistants, and to have protect privacy with open and distributed assistants.

By Giovanni Campagna. Published June 13, 2019.

New York Times: Stanford Team Aims at Alexa and Siri With a Privacy-Minded Alternative

A handful of companies already dominate the market for digital assistants. The implications for consumer privacy are a serious concern, researchers say.

Published June 14, 2019.

Privacy in the age of virtual assistants

Can we reap the benefits of artificial intelligence while also protecting our personal information? Prof. Monica Lam discusses virtual assistants with Prof. Ross Altman in the latest episode of The Future of Everything radio show from Sirius XM.

Published June 13, 2019.

Keynote: Keeping the Internet Open with An Open-Source Virtual Assistant

Prof. Monica Lam gave a keynote at 24th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MOBICOM 2018), the leading academic conference for mobile and wireless computing.

By Giovanni Campagna. Published November 1, 2018.

Building a Language User Interface? Let Genie Generate It For You!

How do you teach your brand new virtual assistant to understand language? How do you represent the user's input? How do you acquire training data cheaply, before you have users at all? To answer these questions, we present our latest paper, "Genie: A Generator of Natural Language Semantic Parsers for Virtual Assistant Commands" (PLDI 2019).

By Giovanni Campagna. Published May 10, 2019.

Winter Updates in Almond Land

It's midterm season, but the Almond team won't be distracted. We're proud to present a new round of updates, including our new community forum, opening up developer access to Thingpedia broadly, and a preview of our latest, state-of-the-art natural language understanding technology.

By Giovanni Campagna. Published February 23, 2019.