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Jonsson School Distinguished Lecture Series presents Dr. Subbarao Kambhampati
Friday, Feb. 22
11 a.m. - noon Location: ECSS 2.102 - TI Auditorium

Dr. Subbarao Kambhampati
Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Arizona State University

"Challenges of Human-Aware AI Systems


Artificial intelligence (AI) research suffers from a longstanding ambivalence to humans — vacillating between replacing them in the workforce and augmenting their efforts. Now, as AI technologies enter our everyday lives at an ever-increasing rate, AI systems must adapt to work synergistically with humans. To do this effectively, AI systems should include aspects of intelligence that help humans work with each other, including emotional and social intelligence.

This talk will explore current research challenges in designing such human-aware AI systems, including modeling the mental states of humans in the loop, recognizing their desires and intentions, providing proactive support, exhibiting explicable behavior, providing cogent explanations on demand and engendering trust. The speaker will survey the progress made so far on these challenges and highlight some promising directions. In addition, the speaker will touch on the additional ethical quandaries that such systems pose.

Overall, the lecture will argue how the quest for human-aware AI systems broadens the scope of AI enterprise, necessitates and facilitates true interdisciplinary collaborations and can greatly improve public acceptance of AI technologies.


Dr. Subbarao (Rao) Kambhampati is a professor of computer science at Arizona State University. Kambhampati studies fundamental problems in planning and decision making, motivated in particular by the challenges of human-aware AI systems.

Kambhampati is a fellow of AAAI and AAAS, and was an NSF Young Investigator. He has received multiple teaching awards, including a university last lecture recognition. Kambhampati served as the President of AAAI and as a trustee of IJCAI. He was the program chair for IJCAI 2016, ICAPS 2013, AAAI 2005 and AIPS 2000. He serves on the board of directors of Partnership on AI. His research as well as his views on the progress and societal impacts of AI have been featured in multiple national and international media outlets.

Kambhampati received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering (electronics) from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, as well as his MS and PhD degrees in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park. Follow him on Twitter @rao2z.

***This event is part of National Engineers Week!***  #EWeek2019

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