We Build Natural Language Capabilities for Online Characters and Robots

Natural Language

Natural Language Processing
allows computers to talk with people.
And vice-versa.

This technology has a wide range of uses, but it works best
wherever you've got big data or little screens.

At Geppetto Labs we specialize in characters and robots.

We build hearts and minds.

Natural language is all about meaning and communication. Whether the application is manufacturing or entertainment, it is more effective and engaging if there is a personality behind the communication.

We build smart puppets.

Geppetto Labs helps our customers build pragmatic, informative characters that talk, gesture, and engage people. Our priorities are to make characters as engaging as they are useful, regardless of the graphics used.

We build talent into technology.

Geppetto Labs uses Natural Language Processing, analysis tools, voice-to-text recognition, and real-time multimedia generation. We combine that with art, psychology, narrative, and character design.

For Online Characters

Online Characters and avatars may now talk and listen.
Characters can support human workers.
Because online characters can now do what humans do.

Online characters are always there to help.

Whether it is a virtual doctor, an online teacher, or a character in a video game, Natural Language is emotionally engaging but it also avoids menu navigation and poking at tiny buttons, so you can get more done faster. Like order a prescription.

And these characters may now learn, teach, entertain, and remember.

Statistical analysis of users' words, ideas, and affect can provide valuable market data. Our system can monitor patients, can track a student's progress. Conversational characters don't get impatient, sick, or take vacation.

For Robots

The technology may also be applied to the robotics industry.
Natural Language makes it easier for humans to give commands and for connected devices to follow them.

Connected devices don't need keyboards.

Whether for industrial manufacturing or for personal service the robotics industry is simplifying input functions. Voice input may now replace the graphical user interface of computers with a faster, simpler, and hands-free interface.

But they do need to understand.

Whenever we interact with robots we need to know they've understood us. Natural Language interface allows a robot to respond by talking and also provides the human user with immediate feedback. And robots may now ask questions.

They may now teach, entertain, hear, and remember.

Whether it is asking questions or answering them robots now may use Natural Language to increase emotional interaction. Natural Language interface measures human emotion, allowing a robot to become, like a phone, an emotion machine.

The ACTR Platform

Our ACTR Platform represents almost a decade of R&D.
Here is a demo of one prototype character named "Merly."

You speak,
the system answers.

It's that simple.

(Well, almost).

And we believe that Natural Language is more than just words.

Natural Language includes
Body Language.

Natural Language includes gestures, expressions, and other forms of body language to best convey meaning. Research shows that more than forty percent of human communication is conveyed visually.

Our ACTR Platform delivers the goods.

We're a bit different from systems like Siri as our platform can also provide animations (gestures, phonemes, expressions) and multimedia presentation (sounds, camera direction, lighting, etc).

About Us

Our management team is structured to not only solve both technical and creative problems,
but find solutions that simultaneously use both technology and creativity.

Mark Stephen Meadows, Founder and CEO

Mark is an American author, inventor, and designer. Since 1993, when he helped develop the third dot-com (WELL.COM), he has founded three companies, worked at some of the world’s top research labs (including Xerox-PARC, SRI, The Waag), and has given hundreds of lectures on his work around the globe. He has written four books that examine technology and their social consequences, including the award-winning books "I, Avatar" and "We, Robot." His portfolio has included character design for LucasArts, avatar designs for Sony Online, Natural Language systems for Oracle, and government agency consulting for Australia, Singapore, Holland, and elsewhere.

Bruce Wilcox, Chief Information Officer

Bruce has been at the forefront of Artificial Intelligence research for two decades. He is the author of ChatScript, the dominant open-source platform for managing natural language dialog. Using ChatScript, he has twice won the Loebner Prize for Artificial Intelligence. ChatScript is being used in mobile phone entertainment apps (e.g., 8 million downloads of Tom Loves Angela), as a virtual patient simulation for training doctors in diagnosing patients, as an IT help desk agent, and other uses.

We work with engineers, psychologists, and animators.

Here are a few examples of the talent and skills these folks have.

Lluis Padró, PhD - Engineer, Natural Language Processing

Lluís Padró, (PhD in Artificial Intelligence 1998) is the founder, administrator and main developer of Project FreeLing, an open-source suite offering language analysis services in a variety of languages. Lluís also focuses on the development of language analyzers on which he lectures and publishes internationally.

Phil Hall - Engineer, Natural Language Processing

With over forty full life-cycle AI systems over 12 years across financial services, telecommunications, government, media, retail and education, Phil provides the communication infrastructure for Geppetto Labs, ensuring our clients and internal processes are meshed and working towards the same goals.

Yanon Volcani, PhD - Psychologist

For over 30 years Yanon has been specializing in the areas of child, adolescent, and adult psychological assessment and treatment. His background in Semantics Analysis led to his starting EffectCheck, a text analysis technology to assess and enhance psychological well-being.

Sue Wilcox - Author

Sue is a psychologist and computer scientist who designs and authors human character simulations. She was the primary content author for Outfit7’s “Tom Loves Angela” and their “Talking Angela” product. Speaker at conferences on avatars, virtual worlds, and Artificial Life she is also the author of “The Web Developer’s Guide to 3D Avatars” from Wiley & Sons.

Robyn Ewing - Author

An award-winning author and published poet, Robyn brings her double-barreled background in screenwriting (MFA from UCLA's Film School) and poetry (MFA from Iowa Writers' Workshop) to bear on writing nonlinear stories and interactive narratives.

Srikanth Ronanki - Engineer, Voice Recognition

Based in Hyderabad, India, Srikanth left Google’s Summer of Code program and after working on Sphinx went on to contribute academic articles and win prizes with his work. A C++ and database engineer his specialty is in Audio Signal Processing, Pattern Recognition, and Spoken Language Processing.

Eduardo Polidor - Engineer, Server-Side Technology

Having successfully led projects with clients (unassociated with Geppetto Labs) that include Toyota, Sanrio, Procter & Gamble and Nokia, Eduardo is also a co-founder of the TikiWiki open source system. After nearly 15 years as an IT manager and CTO he helps Geppetto Labs with server management and multimedia integration, focusing on control files, for the ACTR platform.

And others. . .