Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Virtual Assistant

Ali Soofastaei

Artificial Intelligence Center

An artificial intelligence scientist and a global project leader in the mining industry, an assistant professor and leader of global research activities, a global speaker, journal paper author, and book writer.


Intelligent Virtual Assistant Artificial Intelligence Personal Virtual Assistant Personal Planning Natural Language Processing Learning Algorithms Image Processing Deep Learning Algorithms Virtual Assistants Privacy Improvement Ethics

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About the book

The book aims to provide practical help for researchers and industry specialists who are interested in using the new science and technology to improve their knowledge and experience in the field of intelligent virtual assistant (IVA).

An IVA is a software agent that can perform tasks or services for an individual based on commands or questions. Some virtual assistants can interpret human speech and respond via synthesized voices. Users can ask their questions from an IVA, control home automation devices and media playback via voice, and manage other basic tasks such as e-mail, to-do lists, and calendars with verbal commands.

IVAs work via text, including online chat, SMS Text, e-mail, or another text-based communication channel; Voice; and Image processing. Virtual assistants use natural language processing (NLP) to match user text or voice input to executable commands. Many continually learn using artificial intelligence techniques, including machine learning.

The applications of IVAs are growing very fast, and the Objective of the book is to provide a concise overview of the state of the art of IVA for industrial researchers. They will value a book that helps them position the emerging capabilities of IVA in their businesses and provide an assessment of where and how these new capabilities can help to optimize the end to end operations of their enterprises.

Publishing process

Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: September 15th 2020

Applications to edit the book are assessed and a suitable editor is selected, at which point the process begins.

Chapter proposals submitted and reviewed

Deadline Extended: Open for Submissions

Potential authors submit chapter proposals ready for review by the academic editor and our publishing review team.

Approved chapters written in full and submitted

Deadline for full chapters: December 12th 2020

Once approved by the academic editor and publishing review team, chapters are written and submitted according to pre-agreed parameters

Full chapters peer reviewed

Review results due: March 2nd 2021

Full chapter manuscripts are screened for plagiarism and undergo a Main Editor Peer Review. Results are sent to authors within 30 days of submission, with suggestions for rounds of revisions.

Book compiled, published and promoted

Expected publication date: May 1st 2021

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About the editor

Ali Soofastaei

Artificial Intelligence Center

Dr. Ali Soofastaei is a Global Projects Leader at Vale Artificial Intelligence Centre. Vale is a multinational corporation engaged in metals and mining. It is one of the world’s foremost producers of iron ore and the largest producer of nickel. Dr. Soofastaei leads innovative industrial projects in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) applications to improve safety, productivity, and energy efficiency, and to reduce maintenance costs. Dr. Soofastaei completed his Ph.D. at The University of Queensland (UQ) in the field of AI applications in mining engineering where he led a revolution in the use of deep learning (DL) and AI methods to increase energy efficiency, reduce operation and maintenance costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in surface mines. As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, he has provided practical guidance to undergraduate and postgraduate students in mechanical and mining engineering and information technology. Dr. Soofastaei has been involved in industrial research and development projects in several industries including oil and gas (Royal Dutch Shell); steel (Danieli); and mining (BHP, Rio Tinto, Anglo American, and Vale). His extensive practical experience in the industry has equipped him to work with complex industrial problems in highly technical and multi-disciplinary teams. Dr. Soofastaei has more than ten years of academic experience as an Assistant Professor and leader of global research activities. Results from his research and development projects have been published in international journals and keynote presentations; He has presented his practical achievements at conferences in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. For more information, please see

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