Science and Cognitive Interfaces
Pilar started studying Physics but soon after she changed her career to English Philology, a degree that she completed in just four years. The last course was spent in Erasmus in Ghent (Belgium), where she began to deepen her knowledge of machine translation. In 1998, she completed a master's degree at the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) linked to artificial intelligence from language and cognitive science. The following year, she obtained a Fulbright scholarship to study computer linguistics at Stanford University (United States), where she learned from the eminences that teach and research on artificial intelligence.
Two years after working in Florida for the company Netbytel, dedicated to voice interfaces for telephone service, she returns to the University of Seville to finish her doctorate and continue researching in the computational linguistics group, directed by Gabriel Amores. Together with her partner, she founded, in 2003, Indisys, a startup that develops natural language applications and intelligent dialogue systems for the needs of large companies or institutions, such as automatic interfaces for the public that can operate 24 hours a day, every day.
In 2007, Indisys begins to stand out by winning the virtual assistance contest for the Andalusian Health Ministry. In 2010, Gartner, the most prestigious technology consultancy in the world, chose them among the three young companies with the best emerging technology and the highest growth potential, together with iRobot and NeuroSky. In Spain, Microsoft granted them the prize for the best user experience and Vodafone the prize for innovation in telecommunications. With all that background, she created in Seville, together with Gabriel Amores and José Francisco Quesada, the Indisys technology company, which Intel bought for 26 million euros in 2013.
In October 2016, she took a new leap in her professional career and landed at Amazon, the e-commerce giant, where she currently works as director of cognitive interfaces.
- Artificial intelligence
- Language processing
- Speech recognition
- Cognitive Science