@CMUPortugal Talk: “Human-Centered and Responsible AI” with Carol Smith (CMU)


On May 26th, 2023, the CMU Portugal Program will host the Talk “Human-Centered and Responsible AI” with Carol Smith, a senior research scientist in human-machine interaction at Carnegie Mellon University. The talk will take place at CMU Portugal located at Factory Lisbon, in Hub Criativo do Beato. The talk will be followed by a light lunch at the premises.

Date: May 26th I 11:30am 
Location: CMU Portugal at Factory Lisbon, Hub Criativo do Beato
Registration: free but mandatory here.

Carol J. Smith

Carol Smith is a senior research scientist in human-machine interaction in the SEI AI Division. In this role Smith contributes to research and development focused on improving user experiences (UX) and interactions with the nation’s AI systems, robotics, and other complex and emerging technologies. Smith’s research includes human-computer interaction (HCI), cognitive psychology, ethics, and human-machine teaming. Smith is also an adjunct instructor for Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute where she has taught both bachelor and master’s level courses. Smith has been conducting research to improve the human experience with complex systems across industries for over 20 years. Smith has been researching and advocating for AI ethics and responsible approaches for human-machine teaming and experiences with AI systems, autonomous vehicles, and other emerging technologies since 2015. Smith has been an active volunteer in technical communities and was Vice President of the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) and served two terms on the international board. Smith is currently an ACM Distinguished Speaker, an IEEE working group member for the P7008 Standard, and an editor for the UXPA Journal of Usability Studies. Smith holds a master’s degree in HCI from DePaul University.

Abstract: Human-Centered and Responsible AI
AI-enabled systems can augment human’s work and play when they are designed using human-centered and responsible practices. Through decades of HCI and UX efforts we have developed excellent methods and practices, but the dynamic nature of AI systems requires more speculative thinking and more flexible designs. For example, we need to decide which decisions we allow the system to make; what exchanges between humans and machines will occur; how the interactions will change over time; and how we will keep people safe and in control. Particularly important is how the system will share the information that decisions were based on; how it will convey its capabilities within new contexts; and how the system’s confidence in its responses will be shared. The need for thoughtful design decisions regarding complex system interactions is not new, but the dynamic responses AI produces, and the potential for unintentional, but significant harms affecting broad populations, is new. In this talk new insights for building AI systems that are human-centered and responsible will be introduced to support you in making systems that people are willing to be responsible for.


Directions to the Venue

Address: Avenida Infante Dom Henrique 151 – Hub Criativo do Beato

Google maps link 
GPS coordinates: 38.73053899302507, -9.10613987240989.


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Start date

May. 26, 2023

11:30 am

End Date

May. 26, 2023

12:00 am

ITI and CMU Portugal premises at Factory - Hub do Beato (Avenida Infante Dom Henrique 151, Lisbon)