Language: The Next Stronghold to Be Taken by AI

Pieter Buteneers
Sinch, Director of Engineering in ML & AI

Pieter Buteneers is an industrial and ICT-electronics engineer. In 2008 he won the Baudouin Elleboudt Award for his master thesis on Epileptic Seizure Detection with Machine Learning.
He started his career in academia, first as a PhD student and later as a postdoc, where he did research on Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Brain Computer Interfaces and Epilepsy. He won the first prize in the biggest Deep Learning competition of 2015 together with a team of machine learners from Ghent University: the National Data Science Bowl hosted on In the same year he gave a TEDx talk on Brain Computer Interfaces.
In 2016, he finished his MBA at Flanders Business School. For a while he worked as a Data Strategy and Machine Learning Consultant. He trained managers and developers to build new strategies and implement Machine Learning algorithms with the aim to extract the most value from their data.
In 2019 he became the CTO of, a platform to build multilingual chatbots ‘who’ communicate on a human level. In 2020 was acquired by Sinch and now Pieter leads all Machine Learning efforts at Sinch as Director of Engineering in ML & AI.

AI is breaking through in more and more domains. It is better than us at playing go and even recognizing faces. One of the last strongholds that seems impossible to crack is human language. In this talk I will go deeper into the most recent breakthroughs in AI. Why did they occur and how were they achieved? Following this reasoning I will show why language is the next frontier.