Invited Talk


Eric-horvitz-microsoft-portraitEric Horvitz is the Director of the Microsoft Research lab at Redmond. Pursuing research on principles of machine intelligence and on leveraging the complementarities of human and machine reasoning. Passionate about harnessing the latest computing advances to provide valuable services.

Horvitz received his PhD in 1990 and his MD degree at Stanford University.[2] His doctoral dissertation, Computation and action under bounded resources, and follow-on research introduced models of bounded rationality founded in probability and decision theory. He did his doctoral work under advisors Ronald A. Howard, George B. Dantzig, Edward H. Shortliffe, and Patrick Suppes.

He is currently Technical Fellow at Microsoft, where he serves as director of Microsoft Research‘s main Redmond lab. He has been elected Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He was elected to the ACM CHI Academy in 2013 and ACM Fellow 2014 For contributions to artificial intelligence, and human-computer interaction.[3]

He was awarded the Feigenbaum Prize, a biennial award for sustained and high-impact contributions to the field of artificial intelligence through the development of computational models of perception, reflection and action, and their application in time-critical decision making, and intelligent information, traffic, and healthcare systems.

Note: Excepts from Eric’s homepage and Wikipedia entry.


Invited talk by Jonathan Gratch (

Bio: Jonathan Gracht is Director for Virtual Human Research at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Institute for Creative Technologies, a Research Full Professor of Computer Science and Psychology at USC and director of USC’s Computational Emotion Group. He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Illinois in Urban-Champaign in 1995.  Dr. Gratch’s research focuses on computational models of human cognitive and social processes, especially emotion, and explores these models’ role in shaping human-computer interactions in virtual environments. He studies the relationship between cognition and emotion, the cognitive processes underlying emotional responses, and the influence of emotion on decision making and physical behavior. He is the founding and current Editor-in-Chief of IEEE’s Transactions on Affective Computing (3.5 impact factor in 2013), Associate Editor of Emotion Review and the Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, and former President of the Association for the Advancement of Affective Computing (AAAC). He is a AAAI Fellow, a SIGART Autonomous Agent’s Award recipient, a Senior Member of IEEE, and member of the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE).  Dr. Gratch is the author of over 200 technical articles.


Invited talk: Prof. Tom Rodden, University of Nottingham

Tom-Rodden.large_Tom Rodden is Professor of Interactive Systems at the Mixed Reality Laboratory (MRL) at the University of Nottingham and Director of Equator.  Prof Rodden’s research focuses on the development of new technologies to support users within the real world and new forms of interactive technology that emerge from mixing physical and digital interaction. This is a multi-disciplinary endeavour bringing together researchers in behavioural and social sciences and those involved in systems engineering, network infrastructures and interactive systems design. This ranges from those with a background in anthropology to those with training in art&design and embrace technologists from software development to the construction of novel hardware.  He has published widely in the areas of Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), HCI and Ubiquitous computing. Since 2001 he has been director of the Equator IRC that brings together 8 different research institutes in the UK. The Equator IRC is a six-year programme of research to explore new technologies that interweave the physical and digital worlds supported by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).


In 2013, we had the honour of having as invited speaker Prof. Joseph Konstan from the University of Minnesota.

Joseph Konstan

Prof. Joseph Konstan

Joseph A. Konstan is Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Distinguished University Teaching Professor and Associate Department Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and co-director of the Social Media & Business Analytics Collaborative at the University of Minnesota. His research addresses a variety of human-computer interaction issues, including personalization (particularly through recommender systems), eliciting on-line participation, and designing computer systems to improve public health. He is probably best known for his work in collaborative filtering recommenders (the GroupLens project, which recently won the ACM Software Systems Award).

Dr. Konstan received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1993. He is a Fellow of the ACM, AAAS, and IEEE, a member of the CHI Academy, and winner of the 2013 SIGCHI Lifetime Service Award. He is past-President of ACM SIGCHI, the 4500-member Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction, and a member of the ACM Council; he chaired the first ACM Conference on Recommender Systems in 2007, and the CHI 2012 conference.


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