Over $3.5 Million to Advance Conversational Artificial IntelligenceDecember 2017 - November 2018
Amazon announces the 2018 teams selected to compete for the Alexa Prize, a $3.5 million university challenge to advance human-computer interaction. These teams will create socialbots that can converse coherently and engagingly with humans on a range of current events and popular topics such as entertainment, sports, politics, technology, and fashion. Each university team participating in Alexa Prize 2018 will receive a $250,000 research grant, Alexa-enabled devices, free Amazon Web Services (AWS) to support their development efforts, and access to other tools, data, and Alexa team support.
Amazon received applications from leading universities from more than 15 countries. All applications were reviewed and evaluated based on the following criteria: the potential scientific contribution to the field, the technical merit of the approach, the novelty of the idea, and the team’s ability to execute against their plan. Read the blog post on the team announcement.
Heriot-Watt UniversityEdinburgh, Scotland Faculty Advisor: Verena Rieser
Czech Technical UniversityPrague, Czech Republic Faculty Advisor: Jan Sedivy
Brigham Young UniversityProvo, UT, USA Faculty Advisor: David Wingate
KTH Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholm, Sweden Faculty Advisor: Gabriel Skantze
University of California DavisDavis, CA, USA Faculty Advisor: Zhou Yu
Emory UniversityAtlanta, GA, USA Faculty Advisor: Eugene Agichtein
University of California Santa CruzSanta Cruz, CA, USA Faculty Advisor: Marilyn Walker
Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburgh, PA Faculty Advisor: Alexander Rudnicky
A $500,000 prize will be awarded to the team selected for creating the best socialbot. The second- and third-place teams will receive prizes of $100,000 and $50,000, respectively. Additionally, a $1 million research grant will be awarded to the winning team’s university if their socialbot achieves the grand challenge of conversing coherently and engagingly with humans for 20 minutes with a 4.0 or higher rating.
Learn more about the results of the 2017 Alexa Prize.
First customer feedback period
Final customer feedback period
Competition concludes & winners announced