We have built the first "browser" to the WWvW, our Genie open-source virtual assistant. To scale up cost-effectively, we have created a Pretrained Agent Generator that can produce transactional dialogue agents from just database schemas, API signatures, and a few samples of natural language utterances.

We are now ready to apply it to the WWW. The idea is to standardize on APIs and provide open pretrained agents that interface to the APIs. For example, restaurants provide a menu and an ordering API in the standardized format, and they get a voice agent for ordering food. We believe an open, decentralized voice web (WWvW) will surpass any proprietary walled gardens.


  1. To advance the World Wide Voice Web through joint projects with corporations. This includes research projects as well as case studies. The use cases include generating pretrained agents across all web domains including search/navigation, content/media, IoTs and commerce.
  2. To disseminate knowledge and to facilitate technology transfer to companies.
  3. To foster collaboration across companies in creating an ecosystem of an open virtual assistant infrastructure.

Member Benefits

  1. Engagement and participation in research in conversational agent technology. Members are invited to send one visitor to Stanford (after restrictions due to Covid-19 are lifted).
  2. Opportunities to recruit graduates from the lab.
  3. The lab will provide engagement on internal projects using our open-source technology.
  4. Opportunities to collaborate with other corporations in research and open ecosystem development.
  5. Members will be invited to annual workshops. (We will demonstrate an initial World Wide Voice Web with our Genie assistant at the First WWvW Workshop, Nov 10, 2021. Join us for this event. It will be held in-person at Stanford, and also live-streamed).


Members of this affiliate program agree to support the research of the laboratory with a membership fee of $500K/year. Memberships are auto-renewed annually for five years. 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.

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.