Informatics Seminar Series
Fall Quarter 2022

Friday, October 21, 2022

“Interaction-Centric AI: Designing Useful and Usable AI Applications”

Juho Kim
Associate Professor, KAIST; Chief Scientist, Ringle

AI-powered services and applications are introduced at a rapid pace and massive scale across various domains. Remarkable model performance, however, does not necessarily translate to an improved user experience. I argue that human-AI interaction should be considered a first-class object in designing AI-powered systems. In this talk, I will present a few novel interactive systems that use AI to support complex real-life tasks. I will discuss how we considered human-AI interaction in designing these systems, what tensions we encountered and how we addressed them, and how to design better AI-powered systems for real-world users. My ultimate proposal is that we need a fundamental shift to “interaction-centric AI”—an approach to systematically designing and engineering human-AI interaction that overcomes the limitations of the model- and data-centric views.

Juho Kim [] is an Associate Professor in the School of Computing at KAIST, affiliate faculty in the Kim Jaechul Graduate School of AI at KAIST, and a director of KIXLAB (the KAIST Interaction Lab) []. His research in human-computer interaction and human-AI interaction focuses on building interactive and intelligent systems that support interaction at scale, with the goal of improving the ways people learn, collaborate, discuss, make decisions, and take action online. He earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 2015, M.S. from Stanford University in 2010, and B.S. from Seoul National University in 2008. In 2015-2016, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor and a Brown Fellow at Stanford University. He is a recipient of KAIST’s Songam Distinguished Research Award, Grand Prize in Creative Teaching, and Excellence in Teaching Award, as well as 14 paper awards from ACM CHI, ACM CSCW, ACM Learning at Scale, ACM IUI, ACM DIS, and AAAI HCOMP. He is currently spending his sabbatical year at Ringle Inc., a startup building an online language tutoring platform, to transfer his research on automatically analyzing and diagnosing learners’ English proficiency into a real product.

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