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Chatbots 3.2

ALICE A.I. Foundation, Inc.

Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Chatbots 3.2

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Chatbots 3.2

Who: Bot creators, commercial users, enthusiasts, scientists, students, and the press are invited.

What: Chatbots 3.2 Conference

When: Saturday, March 31, 2012

Where: Suite 3200 (32nd Floor) Two Liberty Place, 50 S. 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Why:  Chatbots have been adapted to nearly every ecological niche on the internet. Bots appear on web pages, in instant messaging, and respond to email and forum posts. They can be found in Second Life, in online games, and in social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.  Increasingly bots are turning up in mobile applications and texting.  Bots support marketing and advertising and are used in education.  This conference brings together leading experts to discuss their ideas and present the latest technologies and trends in chatbots.

Why Chabots 3.x?

Artificial intelligence chat bots, also known as chatterbots or conversational agents, developed in a series of three stages over the past 60 years.

The First Wave

Alan Turing conceived of the talking computer in his 1950 paper, Computing Machinery and Intelligence. For his famous test, Turing imagined an artificial intelligence that communicates in natural language through a text based medium, such as a teletype.

In 1966 MIT Professor Joseph Weizenbaum became the first botmaster, or chat bot author, when he created the famous ELIZA prorgam. ELIZA was the first A.I. to apply the concept of stimulus-response pattern recognition to natural language understanding. ELIZA was also the first bot to employ conversational logging as a means for the botmaster to review and refine the bot.

Dr. Hugh Loebner began sponsoring the first real-world Turing Test in 1991. To the surpise of many, the winner of the first contest was based on the ELIZA psychiatrist program.

In 1994, Michael Mauldin created a bot named Julia in an online MUD environment. He coined the term “chatterbot” to describe his conversational programs.

The Second Wave

The advent of the world wide web marked the beginning of widespreaed access to chatterbots. By exposing their bots on the web, botmasters collected a huge amount of conversational log data to help them improve the quality of the bots. Better and faster computers led to the development of large knowledge bases for bots.

Dr. Richard Wallace launched the free software ALICE project in 1995. ALICE led to the development of the open AIML standard for creating chat bots.  An alphabet soup of AIML interpreters and servers appeared.

The first commercial chat bot companies, Neuromedia and Virtual Personalities, were launched in the heady early days of the dot-com boom.

In the late 90’s, two prominent web sites emerged to provide to index and promote chat bot projects and companies. These were the Simon Laven page, and Marcus Zillman’s Botspot.com.

The Third Wave

Today chatterbots have been adapted to nearly every ecological niche on the internet. Bots appear on web pages, in instant messaging, and respond to email and forum posts. They can be found in Second Life, in online games, and in social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.   Bots support marketing and advertising and are used in education.

New technologies for automated learning have appeared which vastly reduce the time and effort needed to create convincing bots. At the same time, a series of new commercial opportunities have opened for bots and their botmasters.

We’re experiencing the beginning of a new era. The time has come to gather together the leading experts in chat bot technology to share our ideas and discoveries.

Chatbots 3.0 and 3.1

Last year's Chatbots 3.1 conference and the Chatbots 3.0 conference in 2009 were huge successes. We had about 25 attendees each year around a dozen high quality presentations. The presentations were recorded and published on the Youtube aimlinstructor channel, where they have been watched by a worldwide audience.


The conference will be held in a first class facility on the 32nd floor in downtown Philadelphia, close to City Hall. Beverage service will be provided including coffee, tea, soda, juice and water. Free wifi is available.


Downtown Philadelphia has a wide variety of hotel options. We recommend using Kayak.com to find the best deals and locations.


Public Transportation

Philadelphia has excellent public transportation and the downtown area is accessible by subway, bus, and trolley. The local transit agency SEPTA provides transit info, also available on Google transit.

Air and Rail

Philadelphia is accessible by Amtrak rail at 30th Street Station, and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Philadelphia is 90 miles (145km) from New York City. Several intercity bus companies also serve Philadelphia: Greyhound, Megabus, Boltbus, 2000coach, and Apexbus.


There are numerous indoor and outdoor parking lots in the vicinity, including in the Two Liberty Place building itself (expensive though) and across the street in the 1500 Market Street building.


The Chatbots 3.2 conference is made possible by the generous support of the following organizations:

ALICE A.I. Foundation, Inc.

Platinum Sponsor


The ALICE A.I. Foundation is devoted to the development and promotion of the AIML open standard for artificial intelligence chat bots.

Pandorabots, Inc.

Platinum Sponsor


Pandorabots is the place where you can create and unleash virtual
personalities. Providing bot creation, hosting and AIML training.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

Platinum Sponsor


Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC has more than 450 attorneys and government relations professionals. The firm’s bicoastal reach provides clients with nationwide access to all ofour attorneys and their respective areas of experience.



Gold Sponsor


"Giving your computer the power of thought."  Zabaware develops and markets conversational systems and related technologies such as character animation and speech technology.


Universal Arts, Inc.

Supporting Sponsor


UNIVERSAL ARTS, INC., a 21st Century Corporation in the State of Pennsylvania, U.S.A., has a mission to locate, develop, help produce and market entertaining products and novelties which, directly or indirectly, help promote “Good Health” and “the Quality of Life”.



Have questions about Chatbots 3.2? Contact ALICE A.I. Foundation, Inc.

When & Where

Two Liberty Place
50 S. 16th Street
Philadelphia, 19102

Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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ALICE A.I. Foundation, Inc.

ALICE A.I. Foundation promotes the development and adoption of AIML free software and standards for chat robots.

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