Building Emotionally Intelligent Robots: Our Portfolio Company Embodied Is Hiring

Toyota AI Ventures
Jun 23, 2020 · 3 min read
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A Toyota AI Ventures portfolio company since July 2018, Embodied recently introduced Moxie, an animate companion robot for children. Moxie engages children in play-based learning through technologies in Embodied’s SocialXTM platform, which incorporates new developments in natural language processing, computer vision, and conversational artificial intelligence (AI). Led by founder and CEO Paolo Pirjanian, Embodied’s team focuses on making human-machine interaction as natural as possible, and this uniquely allows Moxie to support social, emotional, and cognitive learning in children.

If you’re excited about working with groundbreaking robotics technologies and you value Embodied’s mission of furthering child development, check out these opportunities at Embodied on the Toyota AI Ventures jobs board: senior applied machine learning scientist and a senior software engineer.

Senior Applied Machine Learning Scientist (Pasadena, CA)

Embodied is looking for a senior applied machine learning scientist who will design and implement next-generation conversational AI systems, which will play a part in producing believable characters that carry out organic, emotionally responsive conversations. In this role, you will collaborate with engineers in developing and deploying models that power applications to bring about real improvements. You will also lead research efforts and leverage the latest advancements in machine learning and natural language processing to improve Embodied’s conversational AI system.

The ideal candidate should have a doctorate (or its equivalent) in computer science, computational linguistics, or a similar area of study. Excellent communication skills are needed, as well as five or more years of research experience with text or speech-based natural language understanding, natural language processing, natural language generation, machine translation, or image captioning. In addition, the role requires at least three years of experience with deep learning frameworks such as PyTorch, TensorFlow, or Keras. You should also have excellent programming skills in Python, C++, or Java, and experience in using software for text processing and representation would be a plus.

Watch Embodied’s engineering Lead, Wilson Harron, explain the features of the conversational AI technologies that built Moxie.

Senior Software Engineer, Conversational AI, Natural Language Processing (NLP) (Pasadena, CA)

Embodied seeks a software engineer that can design and implement conversational AI systems, as well as build capabilities for the company’s interactive robot platform. You will develop and evaluate dialog management situations, identify errors, and suggest solutions to complex conversational problems. The role requires experience working with chatbot frameworks such as ChatScript, Raisa, and HuggingFace, strong programming skills in C++, C#, Java, or Python, as well as comfort with object-oriented and procedural programming.

Ideal candidates will possess a master’s degree or doctorate in computational linguistics or a similar field. Experience developing conversational AI solutions for IoT devices, and with mobile platforms and embedded systems, is also helpful. A passion for developing and playing text and dialog-based games such as Zork and Façade is a plus.

Learn more about a career at Embodied and explore other job opportunities on the Toyota AI Ventures jobs board. A number of our portfolio companies are also recruiting right now, so be sure to sign up for the Toyota AI Ventures Talent Network.

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Toyota AI Ventures

Toyota AI Ventures is a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that invests in early-stage startups in the areas of artificial intelligence, cloud, data, autonomy, mobility, and robotics.

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Toyota AI Ventures is a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that invests in early-stage startups in the areas of artificial intelligence, cloud, data, autonomy, mobility, and robotics.

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