UCAI ’21: Workshop on User-Centered Artificial Intelligence

Ingolstadt, Germany, 5th September 2021


Human-Centered AI — Automation versus Collaboration

by Werner Geyer (IBM Research, USA)

Advances in artificial intelligence create unprecedented opportunities for automating tasks that previously could only be done by humans – for example, driving cars, writing essays, or creating novel drugs – but also impacts the workers doing those tasks today (i.e. rideshare drivers, authors, and chemists). As AI is infused into more and more systems, there is increasing need to study and understand the impact automation has on our workforce, but also on how we interact with intelligent systems and how such systems need to be designed to most effectively support their human users. Our Human-Centered AI agenda at IBM Research has explored a different perspective on Human-AI interaction, investigating the transformation of the interaction to a more collaborative relationship in which humans and AI systems work hand-in-hand to create a desired outcome. In this talk we will explore the theme of collaboration versus automation with AI through a number of research projects and scientific studies we have conducted in the context of AI Lifecycle Management, Automated Model Generation and Exploration for Data Scientists, Human-in-Loop Data Labeling, AI-Infused Process Automation, as well as Generative Models and how they will fundamentally change how humans will interact with AI systems in the creative industries and for content generation.

About the Speaker

Werner Geyer is a Principal Research Staff Member and Senior Manager at IBM Research in Cambridge, MA, where he is leading an interdisciplinary group of ML & HCI researchers, software engineers, and designers. His team’s research is situated at the intersections of Artificial Intelligence and User Experience exploring how to leverage AI in responsible ways to build intelligent interactive systems and visual experiences that help us study and understand human AI interaction. He is also leading the global Human-Centered AI strategy for IBM Research. Werner has been holding various roles as co-chair at ACM RecSys, including general chair as well as a series of workshops and tutorials on Social Recommender Systems.

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