We are the team Alquist from CTU, Prague, Czech Republic.
We are proud of living in the country where the word “robot” was first used in the play called R.U.R. written by Karel Capek. Our team has worked tightly together for more than two years. We love academic research in artificial intelligence as well as cooperating on practical projects with companies. We would like to build on our existing accomplishments and push abilities of conversational AI forward.
Jan P. - Team leader
Jan finished his bachelor degree in 2014 in Software Engineering at Faculty of Informatics, Czech Technical University (CTU). After that, he started his master degree in Artificial Intelligence and finished in 2016 at Faculty of Electrical Engineering, CTU. The topic of his master thesis was Enhancing Question Answering with Structured Database Queries. Currently, he is pursuing Ph.D. degree focused on dialogue systems. He is one of the contributors to open-source YodaQA system. In 2017, he worked on Alquist dialogue system during Alexa Prize 2017.
Jakub finished an undergraduate degree in Cybernetics and Robotics at CTU in 2015, graduation thesis topic Analysis of Scaling in Distributed Control under the Department of Cybernetics. He graduated with master's degree in Jan 2018 with thesis on Transfer Learning in Automated Question Answering. He co-created a voice-activated assistant for weather forecast and news information as well as Alquist Dialogue Manager, a framework for bot creation. During 2017 he worked on the Alquist bot in the first Amazon Alexa prize. He continues to work on conversational AI during his PhD.
Martin obtained his undergraduate degree in 2016 in Computer Science at Czech Technical University in Prague. Currently, he is working on his diploma thesis on NLG while pursuing his major in Data Science. He joined eClub Prague in the summer of 2015 and worked on several projects under Ing. Šedivý. Before the team Alquist was formed, he worked alongside the other members on the YodaQA question answering system.
Petr is a student of artificial intelligence on the Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Electrical Engineering. He is a researcher at eCub Prague. He worked on the question answering system YodaQA and social chatbot Alquist for Amazon Alexa Prize 2017. He is boy scout master during his spare time. He also writes a blog.
Jan Šedivý - Faculty advisor
Jan has, after 18 years experience in the industry, returned to CTU, CIIRC. He teaches at CVUT FEL, he is a director of the CVUT MediaLab Foundation. He has worked at Google (2008-2010) as a Technical Lead Manager and in the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. He was a research staff member (1992-2000) and research manager (2000-2008). He has been leading many worldwide research and development projects. He was a principal designer of the IBM Embedded ViaVoce speech recognition application. He holds 19 US patents. His interests are AI, ML, NLU, mobile, internet, cloud computing.