Awards & Recognitions | Alex Tonetti
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Awards & Recognitions




Select the title of an Award or Recognition for more information.
 Watson Public Sector Global Delivery Lab Services Award - 2017

This award was given to me for my work creating the Miami-Dade Water & Sewer chatbot, AVA. I designed, and implemented the chatbot using Watson Engagement Advisor 3.0, a product comprising of two of IBM's Bluemix services; dialog and natural language classifier. In the first phase of this project, the chatbot mostly consists of general billing questions as well as the ability to perform billing extensions for customers, with more functionality coming in future phases. The chatbot is live on the Miami-Dade website, navigate here and then select the button that says "Billing Questions? ASK AVA".

 Watson Public Sector Global Delivery Lab Services Award - 2016

This award was given to myself and a teammate for designing and developing a Java tool which supported the domain adaptation efforts of the Watson question and answering system. The tool aids in the creation of question-answer pairs which are in turn used to train Watson. It automatically generates standard variations for a wide variety of answer types, relieving the domain adaptation specialist of the need to manually specify and enter each variation. This drew on our technical expertise in natural language processing (NLP), question answering systems, and software development. We combined this knowledge into an innovative tool that satisfied a long-standing request on the part of staff performing domain adaptation—to apply semantic and NLP knowledge in a highly usable software tool in order to provide this automation.
The business impact of the tool enables the domain adaptation specialist to work much more quickly while increasing consistency and accuracy, as the process of manually generating and entering a complete list of variations, is highly error-prone. In effect, training of the Watson system is more accurate, and domain adaptation specialists are more productive, with greater job satisfaction.

 Eminence & Excellence Award - 2016

This award was given to myself and a teammate for designing and developing a Java tool which supported the domain adaptation efforts of the Watson question and answering system. The tool aids in the creation of question-answer pairs which are in turn used to train Watson. It automatically generates standard variations for a wide variety of answer types, relieving the domain adaptation specialist of the need to manually specify and enter each variation. This drew on our technical expertise in natural language processing (NLP), question answering systems, and software development. We combined this knowledge into an innovative tool that satisfied a long-standing request on the part of staff performing domain adaptation—to apply semantic and NLP knowledge in a highly usable software tool in order to provide this automation.
The business impact of the tool enables the domain adaptation specialist to work much more quickly while increasing consistency and accuracy, as the process of manually generating and entering a complete list of variations, is highly error-prone. In effect, training of the Watson system is more accurate, and domain adaptation specialists are more productive, with greater job satisfaction.

 Manager’s Choice Award – Listen for Need, Envision the Future - 2015

I won this award for my work on a contract with the United States Air Force. I implemented the Watson Engagement Advisor application, a retrieve and rank service that helps user's make sense of the vastly complicated world of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFAR). The system allows a user to interact with the regulations by asking natural language questions and receiving simple text answers. User's can now find answers much faster than before and they system also reduces the time necessary to train an employee on the regulations. The system was a huge success, and the client was very excited about the results. So much so, that a brief article was written up in Fortune Magazine and the Washington Post.


Photography Awards

 D/CITY Style, Featured in the Happeneing Now - Issue #11 - 2016

My photos was selected to be featured in D/City Style's holiday print issue alongside several other photographers. Check out the entire issue here.

The Chosen Photograph: Circus Affair.

 ExposedDC, Featured Instagrammer Blog Feature - 2016

My photo was selected to be featured on the ExposedDC website as part of the November 17th, 2016 post alongside several other artists & photographers. Check out the post here.
The Selected Photograph of the Supermoon over the Capitol.

 Capital FRINGE, Community Collective Photography Showcase - 2016

My photo was selected to hang in a gallery as part of the Community Collective Photography Showcase which featured 48 unique photos from over 300 DC-based artists.
The Winning Photograph: Reflections on the Potomac.


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