Natural Language Processing and Bias: An Interview with Maarten Sap

As part of the AI in your Community series, I recently spoke with Maarten Sap, a PhD student at the University of Washington. Maarten is interested in natural language processing, and social science applications of AI. Maarten is also the 2017 winner of the Alexa Prize, an Amazon competition to further conversational artificial intelligence. Maarten […]

Machine Learning and combining common sense with data: An Interview with Fabio Cozman

As part of our AI in Your Community project, I spoke to Fabio Gagliardi Cozman, who is a Full Professor at the Engineering School  at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He  works in the Department of Mechatronics and Mechanical Systems, in the Decision Making Lab, which focuses on Artificial intelligence. Tara Chklovski: Tell us […]

Game Theory and Machine Learning: An Interview with Fei Fang

As part of our AI in Your Community series, I sat down with Fei Fang, an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Software Research in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. She works on game theory and machine learning, researching the strategic behavior of multiple agents, which has applications to many societal challenges […]

Going beyond just clicks and views: An interview with Dr. Elisabeth Lex

As part of our ongoing AI In your Community series, I sat down with Dr. Elisabeth Lex, Assistant Professor at Graz University of Technology and head of Social Computing at Know-Center.

Dr. Elisabeth Lex

Tara Chklovski:What problem or area of research are you working on?

Elisabeth Lex: I’m working on a number of different projects at the moment! One of those projects is improving recommender systems. We look at how humans behave on certain tasks, and then design algorithms that are more effective and personalized. I like this field of research a lot because it’s very interdisciplinary.

Another project I’m working on looks at patterns of collaboration within networks to identify the factors that can improve collaboration, or make it more difficult. We’re also studying the effect of social status on how opinions spread over a network.

Finally, another of my research topics is open science. We want to open up the scientific process, the ivory tower of academia so all people can benefit from scientific research — not just the researchers through their publications.

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A new way of doing AI research — A conversation with François Chollet

TC: How can children learn more about AI? FC: One fun way to get started is to build very simple video games in JavaScript or modify an existing game. There’s a very low barrier to entry and it can be a gateway to learning about AI, because once you have a video game, you can try to […]

From social media to medicine: applications of machine learning with Katherine Heller

Tara Chklovski:  I’d love to learn a little bit about your research. What area, topic, and problem are you working on? Katherine Heller:  In an applied sense, I do research on a couple of different areas. In a methodological sense, it’s really one thing. I’ve done a bunch of work related to social science and […]

Creative Imaginative Robots – A conversation with Ryota Kanai

Tara Chklovski: What problem are you working on? Ryota Kanai: We are an AI startup and we work with big companies and help them solve their problems. Most of the problems are related to image recognition. For example, one of the projects was a very Japanese one – to count the number of tuna in […]