University of Minnesota
Computer Science & Engineering

Socially Intelligent Computing

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Presenter: Haym Hirsh
Affiliation: Rutgers University / National Science Foundation
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Location: EE/CS 5-212
Host: Joseph Konstan
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Innovations in computing and communications technologies are bringing humans and computers together in powerful new ways, creating richly interconnected worlds where people and computers together demonstrate new forms of collaboration, communication, and emergent intelligence that were not previously achievable by people or computers alone. By "socially intelligent computing" I refer to the efforts in widely disparate realms that attempt to understand the capabilities and limitations that systems of people and computers together possess, and to develop a practical understanding of the purposeful design of such systems. In this talk I will outline the various threads that are advancing our knowledge of socially intelligent computing.  Can we understand how such systems give rise to emergent behaviors?  What values do they embody and what affordances do they provide?  How do we create systems that by design harness the essential characteristics of both people and computers to achieve our ambitions and embody desired behaviors?  Ultimately these systems comprise more than computation or human intelligence as we currently think of them in isolation, letting us rethink questions as fundamental as "What is intelligence?" and "What is computable?"

Short Biography

Haym Hirsh is Professor of Computer Science at Rutgers University, and is currently Director of the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems at the National Science Foundation. His research is on foundations and applications of machine learning, data mining, and information retrieval. Haym received his BS degree from the Mathematics and Computer Science Departments at UCLA and his MS and PhD from the Computer Science Department at Stanford University.

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