The Applied Voice Input Output Society (AVIOS) is a not-for-profit private foundation founded in 1981 with the goals of informing, educating, and providing resources to developers and designers of new and changing speech and natural language technologies. AVIOS endeavors to create linkages between users, developers, and researchers to advance speech and multimodal technology with a long tradition of conferences, varied workshops around the country and the annual student speech application contest.

Driven by continuing advances in Artificial Intelligence, automated chatbots and digital assistants conversing through speech or text in human language are growing in both usability and use. Companies can take advantage of this "natural language" technology to improve customer service, increase employee efficiency, ease the use of their products or services, or simply understand the hidden information in unstructured voice or text data.


The Bots and Assistants Conference and Demo Derby, held November 9-10, 2020, is a new conference organized and optimized for virtual attendance by AVIOS and TMA Associates. Live talks by invited experts support Q&A from attendees. The Demo Derby, a virtual exhibit hall, allows attendees to see short videos by vendors explaining tools and services that support creating digital assistants and chatbots, with availability of the Demo Derby continuing after the talks. Networking opportunities include smaller virtual discussion groups with a common interest, some led by speakers, and more.

View from AVIOS ... Google’s Duplex Lets a Bot Be Your Voice

Thanks to the Duplex technology, Google Assistant can make simple calls on your behalf. But how much automation is too much?

By Phil Shinn


This summer Google rolled out Duplex, its technology for conducting two-way real-world conversations over the phone, with Google Assistant holding up your end of a call. It was demoed at the Google I/O developer conference by Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, who noted that 60% of small businesses don’t have automated reservation systems.   Read more

Join our Meetup Groups


AVIOS has Meetup groups in New York, Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Anyone interested in the conversational interface, professional or just starting out, is welcome. In our local chapter meetups we host talks by people developing new conversational technologies. If you'd like to present, to learn from your peers, or learn something new, you are encouraged to join.

AVIOS Meetup NYC     

AVIOS Meetup Bay Area     AVIOS Meetup Boston

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