BEAVERCREEK — University of Dayton senior Josh Buck won the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) research competition for undergraduate students for his work with human computer dialogue. The ACM is the professional society for computer science.
Buck, from Beavercreek, is working to create a dialogue system that is much more human-like than current, popular computer personal assistants such as Apple’s Siri.
“Current operating systems are sort of scripted, there are only so many things you can ask them and so many responses they can handle,” Buck said. “The software model that I have created, which is called a mixed initiative system, can have the user process dialogue in a way that is much more natural to them.”
In March, Buck’s research won a first-place medal in the ACM Student Research Competition for Undergraduates at the association’s conference for computer science education in Seattle, which was sponsored in part by Microsoft and a number of other large technology companies. He took the top spot after number of rounds against 33 other undergraduate researchers from around the globe, including students from research 1 universities.
Story courtesy of University of Dayton.