[hcs-d] Radcliffe Dean's Lecture: Barbara Grosz on smart human-computer interaction

Joshua Kroll jkroll at fas.harvard.edu
Wed Oct 22 02:57:51 EDT 2008

Barbara J. Grosz, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Monday, October 27, 2008

4:15 p.m., Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard, 617-495-8600

Sometimes a computer system has information its user needs; at other
times, the user may have information that helps the computer. Current
systems require that people adapt to the computer, if only to tell it
to go away. In her first lecture as dean of the Radcliffe Institute,
Barbara J. Grosz will describe research that aims to shift the burden
of adaptation from human to computer, so that computers respect our
needs and adapt to us rather than the other way around.

In addition to being dean of the Radcliffe Institute, Grosz is Higgins
Professor of Natural Sciences in the Harvard School of Engineering and
Applied Sciences. She previously served as the Institute's dean of
science, designing and building its science program. Grosz has been a
Harvard University faculty member since 1986. Her research in computer
science, focused on finding ways to make computers behave more
intelligently, draws on work in linguistics, psychology, economics,
and philosophy. Grosz has also led several Harvard University efforts
to increase the participation of women in science. She is an elected
member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American
Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial
Intelligence (AAAI), and the Association for Computing Machinery. In
1993, Grosz became the first woman president of the AAAI. She serves
on the executive committee and is a former trustee of the
International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence.


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