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Roaming Mountain Lion Alarms Tulare Neighborhood

A mountain lion is on its way back to the wild on Sunday after it startled residents in a Tulare neighborhood the previous evening, officials said. The Tulare Police Department began getting calls just after 9 p.m. about a big cat spotted near Live Oak Middle School on Laspina Street. Word of the mountain lion sightings had quickly spread through the apps Ring and Nextdoor, Visalia Times-Delta reported. After a “long search,” officials found the big cat about 1/2 mile […]

L.A. Will Have to Stretch Funds to Meet Goal of Building 10,000 Houses for Homeless in 10 Years

In 2016, Los Angeles voters approved a $1.2-billion bond measure to help fund housing for homeless people, with a goal of 10,000 new units in a decade. Now, after hustling to get as many housing projects started as soon as possible, city officials are coming to the end of the money available through Proposition HHH, and it’s not certain that promise will be kept. The city has committed two-thirds of the bond to secure a little more than half the […]

Sri Lanka, Citing ‘False News Reports,’ Temporarily Blocks Social Media After Attacks

Sri Lanka placed a nationwide block on social media sites after more than 200 people died in multiple attacks on Sunday. The government, in taking the drastic step, cited “false news reports” it said were circulating online. The shutdown, which the government said would be temporary, highlights the challenges the world’s most powerful tech companies face in curbing the spread of misinformation and propaganda in the aftermath of terrorist attacks. It also raises questions of censorship and a government’s ability to turn off the […]

Biologists Find Mercury Contamination in Hundreds of Peregrine Falcons Across U.S.

A Nevada wildlife researcher has found that not even the fastest bird on Earth can escape mercury contamination. The toxic element is turning up in feathers of peregrine falcons from coast to coast, including those at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, state Department of Wildlife biologist Joe Barnes told the Las Vegas Review-Journal . Over the past decade, Barnes has tested for mercury in 700 individual peregrines in southern Nevada, Washington, Maryland and the Gulf Coast of Texas. “Every […]

1 Killed in Crash Involving 5 Off-Road Vehicles in San Luis Obispo County

Authorities say a woman was killed in a five-vehicle crash at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area on California’s central coast. The San Luis Obispo Tribune reports the crash happened Friday as a group of off-road vehicles were following each other at speeds up to 60 mph (97 kph). The woman was a passenger in the lead vehicle, which tumbled end-over-end after flying off a dune and losing control. She later died at a hospital. The newspaper says the driver and […]

SpaceX Capsule Suffers ‘Anomaly,’ Smoke Seen for Miles

Officials say SpaceX’s new capsule for astronauts suffered an “anomaly” during a routine engine test firing in Florida, causing smoke to be seen for miles. Forty-fifth Space Wing Spokesman Jim Williams tells Florida Today that the anomaly happened Saturday at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station while the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule was undergoing a “static test fire.” Williams says no one was injured and the anomaly was contained. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon successfully flew without a crew to the International Space […]

Trump Called on Spy Chiefs for Help as Russia Probe Began: Report

Two months before special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed in the spring of 2017, President Donald Trump picked up the phone and called the head of the largest U.S. intelligence agency. Trump told Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, that news stories alleging that Trump’s 2016 White House campaign had ties to Russia were false and the president asked whether Rogers could do anything to counter them. Rogers and his deputy Richard Ledgett, who was present for the […]

Avenatti Accused of Embezzling Nearly $2 Million That NBA Player Paid Ex-Girlfriend

When Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat wired $2.75 million to Michael Avenatti in January 2017, the pro basketball player intended most of the money to go to his former girlfriend, Alexis Gardner. Avenatti was Gardner’s attorney. An actress and barista, she’d hired him just a few weeks before to negotiate a settlement of a potential lawsuit against Whiteside. It’s unclear what she would have alleged. Avenatti quickly struck a $3 million deal, and the $2.75 million was Whiteside’s first […]

A 5-Year-Old Illinois Boy is Missing, and Police Don’t Think He Walked Away or Was Abducted

Police looking for a 5-year-old Illinois boy reported missing from his home say they’re putting special focus on the residence after determining it’s likely he neither was abducted nor walked away. The boy’s parents reported Andrew “AJ” Freund missing Thursday morning, telling police they last saw him around 9 p.m. the evening before, at bedtime, according to a release by the Crystal Lake Police Department. The search has included 15 police agencies, drones, and rescue canine units. Sonar teams that […]

‘Can You Bring Me Mcdonald’s?’: Michigan 5-Year-Old Calls 911 For Help With Fast Food Craving

A 5-year-old from Michigan made a memorable call to police after craving some fast food recently. According to WZZM, Iziah Hall really wanted McDonad’s, but his grandma was still sleeping. So, the boy decided to call 911 to see if they could help. Here’s how the conversation went: Dispatcher: “Kent County 911 what’s your emergency?” Iziah: “Can you bring me McDonald’s?” Dispatcher: “I’m sorry what?” Iziah: “Can you bring me McDonald’s?” Dispatcher: “No I can’t bring you McDonald’s.” From there, dispatchers reached out […]

Felicity Huffman Could Get Home Confinement Over Prison Time

When actress Felicity Huffman announced she would plead guilty to charges related to the college admissions scandal, she expressed unwavering remorse for her actions. “I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions,” she wrote. “I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and […]

Man Injured in Suspected Gang-Related Shooting in Pomona

Authorities are investigating a possible gang-related shooting that left one man injured in Pomona early Sunday morning, the Pomona Police Department said. Officers responded to the 700 block of East Alvarado Street at around 2:45 a.m. to find a man suffering form at least one gunshot wound to his upper torso, police said. The victim, 28-year-old Joseph Padilla, was transported to a nearby hospital in stable condition, according to authorities. Police said the victim was “uncooperative with officers” and that […]

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LAPD Sending Officers to Local Places of Worship After Sri Lanka Easter Sunday Bombings Kill Hundreds

Citing an abundance of caution, Los Angeles police plan to appear at local places of worship after eight Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka killed more than 200 people, including Americans. Officers will also respond to other locations where families are gathering for the holiday. “Southern California residents are waking up this Easter Sunday morning to news of a violent terrorist attack in Sri Lanka, and while there is no nexus to Los Angeles at this time, the LAPD is […]

2 Dead After Car Slams Into Tree, Bursts Into Flames in Suspected Street Racing Crash in Santa Ana

Two people are dead after their vehicle crashed into a tree and burst into flames in a suspected street racing crash in Santa Ana, police said Sunday. At around 9:18 p.m. Saturday, authorities started receiving several calls about a car on fire in the 3200 block of South Bear Street. Officers arrived to find the vehicle fully engulfed in flames, according to Santa Ana police. After Orange County Fire Authority crews responded to the scene and extinguished the fire, the […]

2 Florida Middle School Students Plotted to Kill 9 People, Police Say

Two Florida middle school students are facing felony charges for conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping after their arrests on Wednesday, CNN affiliate WFTS reports. According to arrest records, an Avon Park Middle School teacher noticed the 14-year-old girls acting “hysterical” while looking for a folder. The teacher told authorities she heard one of the teenagers say, “I’m just going to tell them it’s a prank if they call me or if they find it.” “It doesn’t matter if they […]

5 Years Later, Some Fear O.C. Jail Snitch Scandal Will Go Unpunished

Nearly five years have passed since a lawyer representing the man who slaughtered eight people inside a Seal Beach salon first raised questions about the way investigators used informants inside Orange County’s jails. The accusation — that sheriff’s deputies planted a prolific snitch in the cell of confessed killer Scott Dekraai in the hopes of eliciting information without his lawyer present, and then covered up their unconstitutional actions — seemed outlandish at the time. But jailhouse records soon proved otherwise, […]

Gunfire Follows Traffic Stop in South L.A., Leaving Officer and Suspect Wounded

An officer remains in stable condition Sunday after gunfire that broke out during a foot pursuit in South Los Angeles left him and the suspected shooter wounded. Gang investigators with LAPD’s Newton Division tried to pull over a driver just after 9 p.m. Saturday near 51st Street and Long Beach Avenue in South L.A.’s Central-Alameda neighborhood, according to the agency. But the sole occupant of the vehicle exited and ran, and the officers gave chase for about 100 to 150 […]

‘Several’ Americans Among More Than 200 People Killed in Sri Lanka Easter Sunday Bombings

More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in eight bomb blasts that rocked churches and luxury hotels in or near Sri Lanka’s capital on Easter Sunday — the deadliest violence the South Asian island country has seen since a bloody civil war ended a decade ago. Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena described the bombings as a terrorist attack by religious extremists, and police said 13 suspects were arrested, though there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Wijewardena said […]

Chatbot Engineer, Sr. Manager

Pfizer Inc. - Los Angeles, CA

Posted 7 days ago

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) CoE’s mission is to deliver world-class Artificial Intelligence and Automation solutions to enable transformational value and insights to drive Pfizer’s business performance. Our team consists of highly driven, business savvy, technically talented people who strive to deliver innovative solutions that enable Pfizer’s business strategies.

Pfizer AI CoE is looking for a talented and hands on Chatbot Solutions Engineer to drive the engineering and adoption of Conversational UI solutions such as Chatbots and Voice Assistants for engaging with colleagues, HCPs and patient populations.

General scope of the role will be to architect and develop a common framework and reusable objects using Machine Learning (ML), Natural Language Processing (NLP), Natural Language Understanding (NLU), API/micro services and mobile/web development methodologies that can be leveraged to deploy conversational UI solutions globally.

ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assess the business requirements and manage design, build and deployment of conversational UI initiatives within AI COE portfolio
  • Participate in the effort of shaping the architecture and design of conversational UI solutions by actively helping the team in choosing the right technology, methodology and solving technical problems
  • Provide thought leadership in development of Conversational UI solutions through design and code reviews, partial development and application of reusable components, hands-on unit testing, and signoff for production deployment
  • Architect, design, and support the build of reusable components such as APIs, Frameworks, and ML models to promote configuration based ("zero" coding) approach to building conversational UI solutions
  • Build Conversational UI prototypes and PoCs to showcase value of AI and digital assistant to business stakeholders
  • Passionate about hands-on coding, testing, releasing, monitoring, and supporting working software in production
  • Has depth and breadth of knowledge across multiple software engineering disciplines
  • Self-Driven - actively looks for ways to contribute Has a strong sense of engineering craftsmanship, takes pride in the code they write and believes that good software development includes good testing, documentation, and collaboration
  • Collaborates, builds consensus, and iteratively improves solutions
  • Work across matrix organization and geographically dispersed virtual teams

TECHNICAL SKILLS REQUIREMENTS

  • 7+ years of programming language experience in Python, Java, .NET, Node.js, Javascript,
  • 5+ years of experience developing web and mobile applications
  • 2+ years’ experience in embedding Machine Learning, Deep Learning, NLP/NLU into applications
  • 2+ years’ experience with developing chatbots or voice assistant solutions (i.e.: Alexa skills)
  • 2+ years’ experience developing micro services and REST APIs
  • 2+ years’ experience developing and deploying applications on public cloud
  • 2+ years’ experience database technologies such as MongoDB, Oracle, Elastic
  • Understanding and demonstrated use of design patterns
  • Experience with agile software development methods
  • Experience with unit and functional tests, preferably using test driven development
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field
  • Strong communications skills

GENERAL SKILLS REQUIREMENTS

  • Advisor/Consultancy : Provides well-informed advice, typically within a specific technical specialization, ensuring that it is properly understood and appropriately exploited, to enhance the effectiveness of significant activities. Provides advice on technical aspects of Conversational UI and ensures that relevant technical strategies, policies, standards and practices are applied correctly.
  • Technical Acumen : Maintains knowledge of specific technologies provides detailed advice regarding their application, executes specialized tasks.
  • Thought Leadership & Advocacy: Develop awareness of industry developments and best practices Provide thought leadership in emerging technologies as they relate to AI and Conversational UI
  • Presentation Skills: Ability to develop visually simple and appealing PowerPoint presentations and be comfortable with articulating and communicating with the right authority and messaging to a broad range of stakeholders

EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.

Sunshine Act

Pfizer reports payments and other transfers of value to health care providers as required by federal and state transparency laws and implementing regulations. These laws and regulations require Pfizer to provide government agencies with information such as a health care provider’s name, address and the type of payments or other value received, generally for public disclosure. Subject to further legal review and statutory or regulatory clarification, which Pfizer intends to pursue, reimbursement of recruiting expenses for licensed physicians may constitute a reportable transfer of value under the federal transparency law commonly known as the Sunshine Act. Therefore, if you are a licensed physician who incurs recruiting expenses as a result of interviewing with Pfizer that we pay or reimburse, your name, address and the amount of payments made currently will be reported to the government. If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your Talent Acquisition representative.

Other Job Details:

  • This position may sit in La Jolla, CA, Peapack, NJ, New York, NY, Collegeville, PA

Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.

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