Clippers 3/8: Ash Lewis and Ron Chen on the AlexaPrize Taskbot Challenge

On Tuesday, Ron Chen and I will discuss our ongoing work on the AlexaPrize Taskbot Challenge. The competition, which is currently in the semi-finals stage, involves 9 teams that are developing taskbots that will assist an Alexa user to go through a recipe or DIY task in a step-by-step, engaging manner. We will do a demonstration of our taskbot and outline our efforts on topics including dialogue management, response generation, question answering, and user engagement. We hope to solicit feedback both on technical aspects of the work as well as ways in which the bot can be made more engaging and intuitive for users.