What was your previous role before Behavioral Signals?
What is your role at Behavioral Signals?
What do you find most disruptive/ challenging at Behavioral Signals?
Working with (almost exclusively) engineers
What kind of work would make you excited to get out of bed on Monday morning?
Something that would result in ultimately helping others
Who are your role models and mentors?
What professional mistakes have you’ve learned most from?
Bad planning; avoid leaving a lot of things till the very last minute
What is the connection between linguistics and emotions?
There is a deeper connection there: through language, we express our emotions, the language we use conveys emotion, but also, our emotions affect the way we speak and even the way we learn a language. This means that linguistics can be used as a tool to study and understand emotion
Why is linguistics important in AI?
Linguistics is important to make the communication between humans and machines a little bit better. To an extent, we can talk to the machines, and they can understand us and talk back to us, all of which require some linguistic work (Natural Language Understanding-NLU, Natural Language Processing-NLP). Linguistics can also help us reach a deeper level of understanding between humans and machines. As mentioned above, we can use language to understand one’s emotions. Similarly, we can understand the emotions of a speaker by studying his/her language (sentiment analysis) and based on that, a machine can respond in a more natural, empathetic way
What makes you happy?
What makes you angry?
Unfair treatment to disadvantaged groups
What makes you dream?
What makes you get up and moooooove?
My stress levels
If you had a ‘warning’ label, what would it say in one word?
Can procrastination be useful?
Post-its OR whiteboards?
Tea or coffee?
Food you never get bored eating?
Book or movie you would suggest for someone to read/see?
“Wings of Desire” by Wim Wenders, and “Der Steppenwolf” by Hermann Hesse
Who are you going to tag to do this interview next?