I am an AI systems scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center. I study human-aware AI - how to design intelligent interactive systems that model, learn, and reason about their human collaborators. I am especially interested in methods for effective and robust human-agent collaborative behavior in real-world settings. My research spans artificial intelligence & machine learning and leverages insights about human behavior from cognitive science, linguistics, and economics.
I have designed intelligent collaborative agents for a variety of application domains general purpose robots, preventive healthcare, sustainable transportation, and augmented reality learning. I am particularly motivated to build intelligent collaborative technology social good and public welfare. My work is interdisciplinary and has been published at venues for research on artificial intelligence, human cognition, human-computer interaction, medical informatics & engineering, and AI & society.
Humans of AI summarizes my ongoing research and outlines my research agenda on incorporating explicit models of humans in design of collaborative AI systems. My research statement explains it in more detail
I am a graduate of the Soar lab led by John E. Laird that traces its legacy to foundational research on human cognition by Allen Newell and human decision making by Herbert Simon. My graduate experience set me on this wonderful journey in studying the computational underpinnings of human intelligence and building intelligent systems that support them. PARC’s legacy in leveraging cognitive psychology to design more effective technology has only made this journey more adventurous.
|Mar 8, 2021||I am speaking at The Women’s Alliance about my experiences as an early-career scientist on this international women’s day.|
|Feb 24, 2021||Gave an invited talk at the Computer Science Colloquium, Northwestern University.|
|Feb 8, 2021||Gave an invited talk at the Hybrid AI workshop at AAAI 2021.|
|Feb 5, 2021||I was a mentor at the women’s networking event (usually called Breakfast of Champions) at AAAI 2021.|
|Feb 2, 2021||Chaired the AAAI Doctoral Consortium 2021 with colleague Anna Reali from University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.|
- ACM TiiSExploring the Role of Common Model of Cognition in Designing Adaptive Coaching Interactions for Health Behavior ChangeACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (preprint) 2021
- ACM TiiSDesigning an AI Health Coach and Studying its Utility in Promoting Regular Aerobic ExerciseACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (TiiS) 2020
- JAIRAcceptable planning: Influencing Individual Behavior to Reduce Transportation Energy Expenditure of a CityJournal of Artificial Intelligence Research 2019
- ACSCharacterizing an Analogical Concept Memory for Architectures Implementing the Common Model of CognitionIn Proceedings of the Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems 2020
- AAAILearning Fast and Slow: Levels of Learning in General Autonomous Intelligent Agents.In Proeedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2018