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Virtual Coffee with an Expert – Human-centered AI: challenges and opportunities

2020-09-30 @ 15:00 - 16:30


Speaker: Iolanda Leite

On 30th September Associate Professor Iolanda Leite will have a talk for the ICES network.

As AI systems become ubiquitous in people’s lives, a long-standing barrier is a need for these systems to properly respond and adapt to people and to the complex social dynamics of different environments. In this talk, I will present current research on using AI to enable robots with the social capabilities that enable them to engage with people in real-world environments. I will also discuss limitations and opportunities of the state of the art of AI, arguing that an improved understanding of how these systems perceive, reason and act depending on their surrounding social context can lead to more natural and efficient interactions with people.

Iolanda Leite is an Associate Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH. She holds a PhD in Information Systems and Computer Engineering from IST, University of Lisbon. Prior to joining KTH, she had postdoctoral appointments at Yale University and at Disney Research. Iolanda’s research interests are in the areas of artificial intelligence and human-robot interaction. Her goal is to develop social robots that can perceive, learn from and respond appropriately to people in real-world situations. She is PI of a Starting Grant from the Swedish Research Council (2018-2021), the recipient of a globally competitive Early Career Fellowship awarded by the Jacobs Foundation, and was recently awarded one of the individual grants by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research’s (SSF) Future Research Leaders program (2020-2025). She is the co-editor in chief of AI Matters, the newsletter of the ACM Special Interest Group in Artificial Intelligence (SIGAI).


Join via Zoom at 15:00!

Link: https://kth-se.zoom.us/j/66974429957


15:00 - 16:30


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