Computer Science Candidate, Dr. Bowen Hui
- Friday, February 28, 2014 from 2:10pm to 3:00pm
- Roberts Hall, 102 - view map
Intelligent User Interfaces: Where HCI Meets Al
Software development has historically adopted a "one-size-fits-all" approach in which applications are designed with a single target user group in mind, rather than tailoring the software features to the needs of specific users. The ability to customize software has become increasingly important as users are faced with larger, more complex software. To tackle this problem, my work adopts an intelligent agent's perspective where the system views this software customization problem as a decision-theoretic planning problem under uncertainty about the user. In my dissertation, I proposed a methodological framework for developing intelligent software interaction and assistance. Using this framework, I will highlight the interdisciplinary nature of the problem and present details of a case study to illustrate different aspects of AI and HCI involved. Current projects leveraging these ideas in the areas of education and digital youth will also be presented.
Bowen is an instructor in Computer Science at the University of British Columbia and runs her own software company Beyond the Cube Ltd. Her main research interest is intelligent user interfaces, with emphasis in probabilistic user modeling, computational linguistics, and online educational tools. She completed her PhD from the University of Toronto in 2011.
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