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Adam Cheyer is co-Founder and VP Engineering of Viv Labs, a startup simplifying the world by providing an intelligent interface to everything. Earlier in his career, he was co-Founder and VP Engineering at Siri, Inc., a company whose aim was to fundamentally redesign the face of the consumer mobile experience. In 2010, Siri was acquired by Apple, where Adam became a Director of Engineering in the iPhone/iOS group. He is also a Founding Member and Advisor to Change.org, the premier social network for positive social change, and a co-Founder of Sentient Technologies.
Before starting Siri, Adam was a Program Director in SRI’s Artificial Intelligence Center, where he served as Chief Architect of the CALO/PAL project, an ambitious effort to create a next-generation personal cognitive assistant that learns and self-improves “in the wild” (i.e. with no code changes). His team was responsible for integrating state-of-the-art AI technologies from 25 research institutions, universities and commercial companies, into a functioning system that can provide user value and pass a set of yearly SAT-like tests.
Adam has more than 15 years of experience in a variety of roles, including executive, software engineer, research scientist, consultant, lecturer and technical manager. A pioneer in the areas of distributed computing, intelligent agents, and advanced user interfaces, he is the author of fifty-nine peer-reviewed publications and more than twenty issued patents. He has also participated on a number of Program Committees and Advisory Boards.
Adam received his bachelor’s degree with highest honors from Brandeis University and a Master’s with an “outstanding master's student” award from UCLA.