Intelligent Music: Emilia Gómez on Big Data and Making Music More Accessible

In our ongoing AI in Your Community series, I spoke with Emilia Gómez, a researcher on music information retrieval—an interdisciplinary area dealing with music and artificial intelligence. She works at the Music Technology Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. Tara Chklovski: What problem are you currently working on? Emilia Gómez: My research deals with […]


Matching Real Solutions to Real Needs — Dr. Carolyn Rosé on Conversation-Improving AI and Collaborative Learning

As part of our ongoing AI In your Community series, I sat down with Dr. Carolyn Rosé, Professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Language Technologies Institute and Human-Computer Interaction Institute, to learn about her artificial intelligence research and advice for children and families starting to learn AI. Tara Chklovski: What is your current work? Carolyn Rosé: […]


Learning how Natural Language Processing is helping us understand ourselves better: An Interview with Rada Mihalcea

As part of our ongoing AI In your Community series, I sat down with Dr Rada Mihalcea, a computer scientist and Director of the AI lab at the University of Michigan, known for her work in Natural Language Processing and  Computational Social Sciences (including computational humor!). Tara Chklovski: What problem are you trying to solve? […]


Working Together on Technology for Good: AI Learning Advice from Dr. Marie desJardins

As part of our ongoing AI In your Community series, I sat down with Dr. Marie desJardins, Associate Dean and Professor of Computer Science at University of Maryland Baltimore County, to learn about her artificial intelligence research and curriculum development. Marie was chosen to be one of the eight fellows at AAAI-18: the Thirty-Second AAAI […]


“A combination of curiosity and confidence”: A conversation with John Maloney

Every summer, Alan’s group got together with  Mitch Resnick’s MIT Media Lab group at an old farm in New Hampshire for something they called the Apple Hill Learning Lab. We’d talk about learning in general  and share ideas we were working on. In 2002,  Mitch Resnick described a project he was just starting called Scratch. […]


Assistive Technologies and finding the right problems to solve: a conversation on AI with Maja Matarić

Tara Chklovski: What inspires you? Maja Matarić: I don’t think I always knew what inspired me, but have now finally realized that what really motivates and drives me is helping the underdog. I realized I am just a person who really wants to feel like they’re helping someone – and that’s how I came to discover assistive […]


Persevering Through the Unknown: My Conversation on Emotion AI and Problem Solving with Emily Mower Provost

Tara Chklovski: What inspires you? Emily Mower Provost: The idea that we can use technology to understand people. Technology gives us new ways to learn about how humans communicate. It allows us to tackle the unknown. Advances in technology allow us to focus on problems that were previously deemed too difficult to handle. For example, […]


The Creative Workforce of Tomorrow: A Conversation on AI with Katherine Barr

 A few weeks ago, I spoke with Founding Partner at Wildcat Venture Partners, Katherine Barr, about ideas that disrupt markets. Katherine is a board member for WorkFusion, an automation platform that uses artificial intelligence as a superpower to reduce time and costs spent on rote and repetitive enterprise tasks and elevate people to complete more […]