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BTN LiveBIG: For Michigan professor, computer science is much more than a job

Thanks to Jason Mars, “Siri” could get a whole lot more effective in the years to come. An assistant professor of computer science at the University of Michigan, Mars and his team of researchers built their own intelligent assistant, named Sirius, which features voice-command and image-matching capabilities. They released Sirius in March 2015 to the rest of the world so other researchers could examine how to improve intelligent assistants too. “We designed an open platform for intelligent assistants like Siri, Cortana, Google Now,” Mars said. “And it made a really nice splash. These kinds of infrastructures were locked up at