Building an AI first company with Narjès Boufaden, CEO @ Keatext

June 15, 2018

On this week’s show, we spoke with Narjès Boufaden, CEO @ Keatext. Narjès is passionate about solving technical challenges involving natural language understanding; Narjès is among first researchers who specialized in Text mining technologies for conversational text, such as dialogues and telephone conversations. She has contributed in the field with more than 15 scientific publications and several conference talks.
Under the supervision of Drs Guy Lapalme and Yoshua Bengio, she completed her Ph.D in Computational Linguistics in 2004 at Université de Montréal and worked as researcher in several universities and then at CRIM (Centre de Recherche Informatique de Montréal) where she helped organizations dealing with information management challenges.

We had an amazing discussion where we focused on:

  • How she got interested in machine & human interactions
  • The founding story of Keatext and her early struggles
  • Their change in business model
  • How she plans to make recommendations prescriptive instead of descriptive
  • The hype of the industry and how it’s potentially changing

Narjès is the most passionate person I’ve meet on the topic of artificial intelligence. She really knows her stuff. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!

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