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HCII Seminar Series - Gahgene Gweon

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Gahgene Gweon

Gahgene Gweon
Associate Professor, Department of Intelligence and Information, Seoul National University (SNU)


Newell-Simon Hall 1305

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"Harnessing (big) data and (AI) technology in shaping HCI research for real impact"

With the recent advancement of AI technology, we frequently encounter AI-based systems with impressive demonstrations. However, despite the remarkable demonstrations, building systems that can genuinely influence our everyday lives requires understanding the human needs preceding technology. As a Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) researcher, my research goal is to first understand human cognitive processes, particularly in the domains of education and human well-being, prior to building systems. To achieve my research goal, my work begins with identifying research problems that require understanding of human needs. Then, I employ (big) data and (AI) technologies as tools to address such needs. My interdisciplinary approach draws inspiration from various fields such as language technologies, learning sciences, and cognitive sciences. In this talk, I will discuss some key applications and opportunities for research that I encountered while pursuing my two primary research agendas: (1) Building educational technology to support learning (2) Understanding digital behavior to promote well-being. 

Speaker's Bio

Gahgene Gweon is an associate professor at Seoul National University (SNU). Before joining SNU, she was an assistant professor at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). She earned bachelor’s degrees in both Computer Science and Economics at University of California, Berkeley in 2002. Dr. Gweon holds an MHCI and Ph.D. from the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, she directs the Cognitive Computing Lab, where the goal is to understand human cognitive processes and build systems that support these processes using computing technology. Additionally, she is the head of the Institute for Cognitive Science in the College of Humanities, and the head of Learning Data Research Center at the Learning Sciences Research Institute at SNU.