HCI Speaker Series - Xiaojuan Ma

9:30 am - 11:30 am
Online

Join Xiaojuan Ma, Assistant Professor of Human-Computer Interaction Initiative at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, for an upcoming talk in the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Speaker Series. This lecture is free and open to the Penn State community.

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“Empowering and Nurturing Users’ Higher-Order Thinking Skills with Human-Engaged AI”

Research on artificial intelligence (AI) and human-computer interaction (HCI) have more crossovers in recent years, with AI techniques facilitating HCI innovations while receiving data and feedback from users in return. One may envision more in-depth convergence of AI and HCI in certain domains in the future, with the focus being designing better use of (as opposed to merely better) AI. Engagement, the key construct that describes the synergy between human and computing technology, is gaining increasing attention in academia and industry. Human-Engaged AI (HEAI) is an emerging research paradigm that aims to jointly advance the capability and capacity of human users and artificial intelligence systems.

In this talk, Dr. Ma will first present an overview of the basic concepts and research landscape of HEAI. Then, she will discuss the opportunities and challenges in defining and shaping the engagement of AI using a data-driven approach in the process of empowering and nurturing human engagement in higher-order thinking tasks, naming decision making, problem solving, critical thinking, and creative thinking. Through assorted studies concerning higher-order thinking skills in various application domains, Dr. Ma will explain how to derive design considerations for better achieving a state of optimal, mutual enhancement between engaged humans and engaging AI systems.

About the Speaker

Xiaojuan Ma is an assistant professor of Human-Computer Interaction at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). She received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University. She was a post-doctoral researcher at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, and before that a research fellow in the National University of Singapore in the Information Systems department. Before joining HKUST, she was a researcher of Human-Computer Interaction at Noah's Ark Lab, Huawei Tech. Investment Co., Ltd. in Hong Kong. Her background is in human-computer interaction. She is particularly interested in data-driven human-engaged AI and human-engaged computing in the domain of education, health, and design. She has served in the program committee of HCI and AI premier conferences such as CHI, CSCW, WWW, AAAI, and IJCAI. She gave an early-career spotlight talk at IJCAI2018 on the topic of "Towards Human-Engaged AI."