The UC Berkeley team consists of William, Phillip, Piyush, and James, and is the only fully undergraduate team in the competition. Under the advisement of Professor John DeNero, the team members first met through Machine Learning at Berkeley. They plan on training their socialbot by using techniques from a branch of AI research called reinforcement learning. The team believes that humans produce engaging conversation by understanding the motivation of the people with whom they communicate, and imparting that idea algorithmically onto the Alexa socialbot may be the key to achieving human-level conversation.
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