ONR Distinguished Lecture Series

ONR Distinguished Lecture Series:
"Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence: Designing Next Generation User Experiences"

Presented by:
Prof. Ben Shneiderman
Department of Computer Science and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland

The next generation of user experiences will produce 1000-fold improvements in human capabilities. These new tools will amplify, augment, enhance, and empower people, just as the Web, email, search, navigation, digital photography, and many other applications have already done. Rather than emphasize autonomous machines and humanoid robots as team partners, these new tools will produce comprehensible, predictable, and controllable applications that promote self-efficacy, human responsibility, and social participation at scale. The goal is to ensure human control, while increasing the level of automation.

Improved designs depend on understanding the ways that people employ Frontier Thinking, pushing beyond the limits of existing knowledge to deal with poorly-defined tasks and goals, consequential situations, and incomplete, inconsistent, or incorrect data. Since the goal is to find solutions that are better than previous ones, machine learning and other artificial intelligence methods based on training data from past decisions have less value.

Since Frontier Thinkers are solving novel problems, they need to (1) explore data in powerful new ways; (2) manipulate models to understand the implications of their decisions; and (3) combine existing ideas to create something new. Frontier Thinking tools will also provide easy access to activity logs and facilitate collaboration with colleagues. People will be at the center of activity, supported by potent tools, as they creatively take on new challenges with appropriate confidence.

Event Details

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When: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Office of Naval Research
Bobby Junker Executive Conference Center
14th Floor, One Liberty Center
875 North Randolph Street
Arlington, VA 22203

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About Ben Shneiderman

Ben ShneidermanBen Shneiderman is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, and a Member of the UM Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) at the University of Maryland. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, IEEE, and NAI, and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, in recognition of his pioneering contributions to human-computer interaction and information visualization. His widely-used contributions include the clickable highlighted web-links, high-precision touchscreen keyboards for mobile devices, and tagging for photos. Shneiderman’s information visualization innovations include dynamic query sliders for Spotfire, development of treemaps for viewing hierarchical data, novel network visualizations for NodeXL, and event sequence analysis for electronic health records.

Ben is the co-author with Catherine Plaisant of Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction (6th ed., 2016). He co-authored Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think (1999) and Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL (2nd edition, 2019). His book Leonardo’s Laptop (MIT Press) won the IEEE book award for Distinguished Literary Contribution. The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations (Oxford, 2016) describes how research can produce higher impacts.

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