Our goal of creating an ecosystem based on open virtual assistants depends on the participation of industry. Corporate engagement includes:

  • Participation in annual retreats, workshops, and seminars
  • Contribution to the open-source research
  • Contribution to the open standards
  • Engagement on research directions
  • Access to research results and open source software


OVAL is supported by unrestricted funding from partner companies that each contribute $500K per year plus additional support from the National Science Foundation. Partner memberships are auto-renewed annually for five years, but companies can opt out in any given year. OVAL is a Stanford University industrial affiliates program and is subject to university policies for such programs including openness in research, publication and broad sharing of results, and faculty freedom to pursue research topics and methodology of their choice.

Industrial affiliates programs are subject to Stanford University policies for industry affiliates programs. Please see the Stanford University Policies Affecting Industrial Affiliates Program Membership for more details.


The Open Virtual Assistant Lab Researchers will use and develop open-source software, and it is the intention of all Open Virtual Assistant Lab Program researchers that any software released will be released under an open source model, such as BSD. The Program is open to all Stanford faculty who share this goal.

More Information

For further information please see the OVAL Affiliates Program document. Or, please contact Monica Lam, the Faculty Lab Director.