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Adam Cheyer

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Adam Cheyer
Adam Cheyer, Co-Founder of Siri
Alma materSharon High School
Brandeis University
Known forSiri, CALO
Scientific career
FieldsArtificial intelligence
InstitutionsApple, Inc.
SRI International
Genetic Finance/Sentient Technologies

Adam Cheyer (born c. 1966) is a co-founder of Siri Inc. and formerly a director of engineering in the iPhone group at Apple.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Cheyer attended Sharon High School, in Sharon, Massachusetts. After graduating in 1984, Cheyer earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Brandeis University in 1988, and a master's degree in computer science and artificial intelligence from UCLA in 1993.[4][5]


Prior to Siri, he was a computer scientist and project director in SRI International's Artificial Intelligence Center, where he was the Chief Architect on the CALO project.[6] Cheyer was also a member of the founding team at Change.org[7] and a founder of Sentient Technologies (formerly Genetic Finance).[8][9]

Adam left the Siri team in 2012[10] and founded Viv Labs, which was acquired by Samsung in 2016.[11][12]

After leaving Samsung, Adam Cheyer co-founded GamePlanner.AI with Siamak Hodjat, which was acquired by Airbnb in late 2023.[13] As of May 2024, Adam is the VP of AI Experience at Airbnb.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Cheyer, Adam & Martin, David (January 1999). "The Open Agent Architecture: A framework for building distributed software systems". Applied Artificial Intelligence. 13 (1–2).
  • Cheyer, Adam (1998). "Multimodal Maps: An Agent-based Approach". In Bunt; Beun; Borghuis (eds.). Multimodal Human-Computer Communication, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence #1374. Springer. pp. 111–121.
  • Cheyer, Adam (2005-11-06). "IRIS: Integrate. Relate. Infer. Share". 1st Workshop on the Semantic Desktop at the International Semantic Web Conference. Galway, Ireland: International Semantic Web Conference.
  • Cheyer, Adam (June 2006). "A Collaborative Programming Environment for Web Interoperability". 1st Workshop on Semantic Wikis. Budva, Montenegro.
  • Cheyer, Adam (2003-12-15). "Evolution of the Laws that Deal with the Utilization of Information Networks". 2003 BISC FLINT-CIBI International Joint Workshop on Soft Computing for Internet and BioInformatics. University of California, Berkeley.


  1. ^ "Apple Said to Lose Cheyer, Co-Creator of Siri Voice Unit". Bloomberg. 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
  2. ^ Stodola, Barbara (2011-11-22). "A Michigan City success story: Former resident Dag Kittlaus, an Elston grad, creates Siri for Apple". The News-Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-12-08.
  3. ^ Boran, Marie (2011-11-16). "iRobot". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2011-12-08.
  4. ^ "About". Adam Cheyer. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
  5. ^ Sharon High School (Sharon, Mass ) (1984). The Marsengold. Sharon High School. Sharon High School.
  6. ^ "Adam Cheyer". SRI International Artificial Intelligence Center. Retrieved 2011-12-08.
  7. ^ Veneziani, Vince (2007-02-07). "Social Networking For Change(.org)". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2011-12-10.
  8. ^ "Sentient Team". Sentient Technologies, LLC.
  9. ^ Gage, Deborah (2014-11-24). "Artificial Intelligence Company Sentient Emerges From Stealth". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  10. ^ "Apple Said to Lose Cheyer, Co-Creator of Siri Voice Unit". TechPanda. 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  11. ^ Smith, Chris (2017-06-08). "The inside story of how Apple's Siri lost the lead". Boy Genius Report. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  12. ^ Panzarino, Matthew (2016-10-05). "Samsung acquires Viv, a next-gen AI assistant built by the creators of Apple's Siri". Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  13. ^ "Who knows what GamePlanner does, but Airbnb just bought the company". TechCrunch. 2023-11-17. Retrieved 2023-11-18.

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