[Pangyo Tech] Smilegate begins development of emotional AI chatbot to add human charm

Smilegate AI Center announced on Oct. 13 that it has signed a business agreement for joint research and development of emotional artificial intelligence avatar chatbots with artificial intelligence startups Humelo and Cleon.

With this agreement as an opportunity, Smilegate AI Center, Humelo, and Cleon are planning to jointly research artificial intelligence that can express various emotions and charms just like humans. They decided to cooperate with each other based on the technologies and data they possess in each area.

The joint study will begin in full force with the goal of developing special AI avatar service prototype that contains the unique sensibility and charm of human beings within the year. The company will introduce △Smilegate AI Center’s avatar brain model △Humelo’s avatar voice synthesis technology and △Cleon’s deep human technology are combined to introduce a special AI avatar chatbot service.

Humelo is a startup with emotion-based personalized speech synthesis technology. It has developed and provided an AI speech synthesis solution on its own, and has secured a technology that can synthesize high-quality speech even with only two minutes of sample speech. Especially, it has established a leading position with the technology that can produce voices that matches human emotions by adjusting rhyme and pitch.

Cleon is a startup that develops deep human with deep learning-based image generation technology. It has a unique technology that can create an avatar with just one frontal photo. The avatar can be optimized by expressing facial features of a specific person more accurately with an adjustment device of 32 parameters.

Han Woo-jin, Head of Smilegate AI Center, said, “Through this collaboration, a foundation for researching and developing a human-like AI avatar chatbot that has never existed before has been made. In the future, through continuous and systematic mutual cooperation between the three parties, innovative AI services will be introduced to create new values that can be applied to various industries.”

Pangyo Technovalley is an innovation hub for global companies comparable to the Silicon Valley in the US, Zhongguancun in China, and STATION F in France. It is an Asia tech hub with 1,259 IT, BT, CT, and NT companies that possess innovative products and technologies. Located just south of the metropolitan area, it provides the best environment for Korean companies to do business with great transportation access and infrastructure.

Various high-tech companies are located in Pangyo Technovalley, and it is occupied by 64,000 full-time employees, many in their 20-30s. In terms of industry, the companies are engaged in information technology, contents technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology.

With the support of innovative companies with global capabilities such as Kakao, Naver, AhnLab, Krafton, NCSoft, Nexon, and Hancom, companies in Pangyo Technovalley recorded 107 trillion won in sales last year. Investment and infrastructure growth in Pangyo is expected to continue, with the Metaverse hub entering Pangyo this year.

Source: Pangyo Techno Valley Official Newsroom 

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