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BRISTOL - special prize
Jules is a "complete package" with a combination of interesting features. By integrating natural language processing with ASR, TTS, computer vision, artistry, and narrative, you can have a natural, interactive conversation with Jules. The software allowing Jules such advanced capacity for interaction was developed in collaboration with Personality Forge, Benji Adams, and Heather McKeen. Jules combines the work of writers who author the robot's dialogue using "chat-bot" tools, with natural-language AI (such as LSA statistical search techniques) and to simulate an eerily human conversational intelligence. Jules also uses computer vision, including face tracking and face recognition, to simulate complete verbal and nonverbal interaction, such as maintaining eye contact and turning to follow fellow conversationalists. Jules now resides at the University of West England in Bristol.