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Dr. Philip Cohen has long been involved in the Artificial Intelligence sector, in the areas of human-computer dialogue, multimodal interaction and multiagent systems. He currently acts as the Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Director of the Laboratory for Dialogue Research within the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University.

Phil is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and is a past President of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Before working at Monash University, Phil was the Chief Scientist of AI and Sr. Vice President for Advanced Technology at VoiceBox Technologies, Cofounded Adapx Inc. and was a Co-Director and Professor at the Center for Human-Computer Communication at the Oregon Graduate Institute.

Phil has worked on a number of high profile AI projects, including conceiving the initial idea and leading the team that developed the Open Agent Architecture, which eventually became Siri™. Phil has published over 150 refereed papers, with more than 16,000 citations and received 7 patents. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Cornell University and a PhD of Computer Science from the University of Toronto.