Adam Cheyer: Co-Founder and VP Engineering of Siri and Viv Labs
Adam Cheyer is a top technology speaker, AI expert and entrepreneur. He co-founded Siri, which was acquired by Apple, and later co-founded Viv, which became the basis of the voice assistant Bixby on Samsung phones, TVs, watches, and more. He is also a founding member and first developer at Change.org, the world’s largest petition platform, with more than 300M members.
Cheyer has a proven track record of innovation in business, having worked at research labs, startups and some of the largest technology companies in the world, bringing ideas to market to positively impact hundreds of millions of people. He is also an award-winning magician, having performed for millions on TV and for presidents and heads of state.
Adam Cheyer is currently Vice President of R&D at Samsung. Previously, he was co-founder and VP Engineering of Viv Labs, an artificial intelligence (AI) company acquired by Samsung in 2016.
Adam was also co-Founder and VP Engineering of Siri, acquired by Apple in 2010 to build their virtual personal assistant, which was distributed on more than 1.5B devices. After joining Apple, he became a Director of Engineering in the iPhone/iOS group, leading all AI and server-side aspects of the Siri assistant.
Adam is a Founding Member and Advisor to Change.org, the premier social network for positive social change with more than 300 million members. He also co-founded Sentient Technologies, which applies distributed machine learning algorithms to discover novel solutions to complex problems. Previously, Adam was VP Engineering at Verticalnet (NASDAQ: VERT, an enterprise software business) and Dejima (mobile software). Adam spent more than a decade at SRI International, where his most recent role was as Chief Architect of CALO, the largest ever government-funded AI project, whose purpose was to create an intelligent assistant that learns and self-improves “in the wild” (e.g. with no code changes).
In addition to his technology work, Adam is an award-winning magician. He is a member of the prestigious Magic Castle in Los Angeles, the Academy of Magical Arts (AMA), and the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM). He has performed on stage in front of thousands, on TV for millions (including on the well-known “Penn and Teller Fool Us” show), entertained heads of state with closeup magic and mentalism, and fooled some of the top pros in the business.
Adam is the author of more than sixty peer-reviewed publications and twenty-five issued patents. He received his bachelor’s degree with highest honors from Brandeis University and his master’s degree with an “outstanding master’s student” award from UCLA.