Czech chatbot Alquist has reached the final round of the Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge

Published: 30.07.2021 Related countries:  U.S.A. U.S.A.

A student team from the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC) under the leadership of Jan Šedivý has advanced to the final round of the Alexa Prize Social Bot Grand Challenge, announced for the fourth time by Amazon.

By the end of the challenge, selected university teams 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. Team Alquist was already awarded silver twice in previous editions and bronze in 2020. The team has been gradually changing over the years, and in 2021 the following students are competing: Jakub Konrád (vedoucí), Petr Marek, Petr Lorenc, Van Duy Ta a Ondřej Kobza. Other finalist teams include Athena, The University of California, Santa Cruz; Emory, Emory University; Chirpy Cardinal, Stanford University; State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo.

Source: Czech Technical University in Prague, https://aktualne.cvut.cz/en/reports/20210720-alquist-the-chatbot-has-reached-final-round-of-the-amazon-alexa-prize-social-bot.

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