Pilar Manchón

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.

 

Expertise

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Language processing
  • Speech recognition
  • Cognitive Science
  • Robotics

Speakers

Daniel Kraft

Founder of Exponential Medicine

  • MD from Stanford University, Pediatrics in Harvard, Specialist in Oncology and Bone Marrow transplant.

Topic: Digital Medicine & Neuroscience 

Jaya Baloo

(CISO) Chief Information Security Officer in KPN Telecom

  •  Tufts University, Massachusetts

Topic: Cybersecurity, Cryptography & Mass Surveillance

David Roberts

Former Vice President of Singularity University. Chairman in HaloDrop and in 1QBit.

  • Ex Officer U.S. Air Force, B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from M.I.T., MBA from Harvard

Topic: Corporate Disruption

Pilar Manchón

Director of Cognitive Interfaces at Amazon

  • English Philology from Universidad de Sevilla, Master in Cognitive Science and Natural Language from University of Edinburgh
  • Co Author of "Humanizing Conversational Agents: Indisys Practical Case Study in eHealth"; "Modeling Multimodal Multitasking in a Smart House"

Topic: Science and Cognitive Interfaces

Nicholas Haan

Vice President of Impact and Faculty Chair of Global Grand Challenges at Singularity University

  • PhD in Geography from Clark University, Bachelor's in Genetics from U.C. Berkeley

Topic: Global Challenges & Innovation with Purpose

Ramez Naam

Founder of Apex NanoTechnologies - Member of the World Future Society

  • University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy at Aurora Illinois.
  • Author of "The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet" ; "More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement".

Topic: Energy & Environmental Systems

Margaret Burgraff

Vicepresident of Mobile and Communications Group (MCG) at Intel Corporation.

  • Computer science and economics from University College in Cork

Topic: Leadership in times of Digital Transformation 

Larry Keeley

President & Co-founder of Doblin Group

  • Topic: Innovation Strategy

Amin Toufani

CEO of T Labs, Moonshot Launchpad

  • AI from University of British Columbia, MBA from Stanford University & MPA from Harvard

Topic: Exponential Economic Models, Blockchain & Artificial Intelligence

Denisse Goldfarb

Microsoft Human Resources Director 

  • Psychologist from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Singularity University

Topic: Talent and Culture in the Digital Era

Robert Pearlstein

Vice President, Global Business Development at SRI International, Inc

  • MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, AeA Executive Management from Stanford University.
  • Co Author "Built for Global: Navigating International Business and Entering New Markets"

Topic: Automation in Mining & Construction

Gary Bolles

President of the Future of Work of Singularity University

  • Co Founder of eParachute.com; Partner in Charrette LLC

Topic: Future of Work

Muriel Clauson

Founder de Oppticity. Co Founder udexter.

  • Industrial and organizational Psychology & Philosophy PhD from University of Georgia
  • Co Author of "Organizational Career Growth and Proactivity: A Typology for Individual Career Development"

Topic: The Future of Organizations

Philip Edgcumbe

Project Lead de Alzheimer’s XPRIZE. Co-founded Lume Biotics

  • MD-PhD at the University of British Columbia
  • Co Author of "Augmented Reality Imaging for Robot-Assisted Partial Nephrectomy Surgery"

Topic: Health Systems

John Hagel

Founder and Co-chairman Center for the Edge

  •  B.Phil. from Oxford University, MBA & JD from Harvard University
  • Author of "Out of the Box"

Topic: Corporate Innovation

 

Alejandra Mustakis

President of the Asociación of Entrepreneurs of Chile (ASECH)

  • Industrial designer Universidad Diego Portales

Temática: Startup Ecosystems

Kyle Nel

Lowe's Innovation  Lab Executive Director

  • MBA University of Wisconsin

Topic: Retail Innovation 

Greg Barton

Founder BNAmericas

Founder BNAmericas

Topic: Disruption in the Media Industry

 

Jorge Carey

CEO de Turner Chile

  • Lawyer from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Master of Laws from Duke University

 

Andrés Alonso

Vice-president of the Board of the National Independent Electric System Operator of Chile

  • Associate Researcher of the Advanced Center for Electrical and Electronic Engineering of USM.
  • Industrial Electrical Engineer of USM.
  • GSP11 Alumni from Singularity University in Silicon Valley, USA.
  • Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics (LSE), UK.
  • A. in Astrophysics from the University of Columbia, USA.

Topic: Disruption in the Electrical Industry: Mining and Distribution.

Gabriel Gurovich

Board Member in Chile Global Angels, Mentor in Founder Institute  and Board Advisor in Fundación Mustakis.

  • Industrial Electric Engineer
  • Exponential Technologies from Singularity University

Topic: Crowdsource & Politics: The  Emergence of  Co-Legislation

Bárbara Silva

CEO at SingularityU Chile & Colombia

CEO  at BeSTinnovation

President at HER GLOBAL IMPACT

Jury at Cartier Women’s Initiative Award

Additional speakers will be announced soon!