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Dr. Richard S. Wallace

Dr. Richard S. Wallace

Dr. Richard S. Wallace is the Chairman of the Board and co-founder of the A.L.I.C.E. Artificial Intelligence Foundation. He is the author of Artificial Intelligence Markup Language (AIML) and Botmaster of A.L.I.C.E. (Artificial Linguistic Internet Computer Entity).

In 1995 Dr. Wallace began working on A.L.I.C.E. Originally a SETL program, first used to control a robot eye with natural language commands, A.L.I.C.E. migrated to the platform-independent Java language in 1998. Made open source under the GNU general public license, more than 500 developers from around the world have contributed to the A.L.I.C.E. project. A.L.I.C.E. won the Loebner Prize, an annual Turing Test, in 2000, 2001 and 2004.

In 2002 he began an important collaboration with Franz, Inc. to create Pandorabots, an AIML server and interpreter implemented in Common Lisp. In 2008 the project was spun off as an independent business, Pandorabots Inc. and Dr. Wallace serves as Chief Science Officer.

In 2009, Wallace organized and hosted the first Chatbots 3.x conference, bringing together industry leaders from the virtual assistants field to meet and share their latest developments. Held annually in Philadelphia every year since, Chatbots 3.x is the premier conference in the field of chatbot technology.

The advent of Siri and mobile virtual assistant technology has opened a new frontier for AIML technology. Dr. Wallace created the CallMom app for Android, the first mobile assitant app to incorporate multiple chatbot personality choices and a sophisticated learning feature. In 2013, the successor app CallMom BASIC became the first virtual assistant to embed the AI function directly on a mobile device.

Motivated by the changing requirements of mobile devices, Wallace undertook the first major revision to the AIML language in a decade. Published in early 2013, the AIML 2.0 specification includes a number of new features that support development of mobile apps with chatbot functionality. A complete revision of the ALICE personality using AIML 2.0 features in available as ALICE 2.0 in the CallMom BASIC app.

Richard Wallace was born in Portland, Maine in 1960. Wallace earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon in 1989. He lives in the State of Maine.