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Pilar serves as the Vice President of Artificial Intelligence at Roku. She recently joined the company to lead the multimodal conversational AI efforts within the company.
Pilar has served as a leading voice within the AI industry for more than 22 years as both an entrepreneur and CEO of a successful AI startup, and as an executive at several companies such as Amazon and Intel.
After building high-performance teams, raising millions in venture capital, developing leading-edge AI and driving her startup through a successful exit, Pilar believes that having an inspiring mission and a hard-working, determined and diverse team are the key to a successful venture.
Pilar’s technical expertise ranges from Natural Language Understanding and Multimodal Dialogue Management to Speech Recognition & Synthesis, Machine Translation and Language Technologies in general. Pilar is particularly interested in Intelligent Conversational Agents, Multimodal Interfaces, Cognitive Science, Machine Learning, Human-Computer Interaction, User Experience, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Computing, Ambient Computing & Robotics.
Pilar is originally from Spain and completed a European Ph.D from the University of Sevilla in Computational Linguistics, as well as an MSc. in Cognitive Science and Natural Language at Edinburgh University. She also completed the Entrepreneurship Development Program at The MIT Sloan School of Management.