UTCS AI Colloquia - Barbara Grosz, Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, "Health Care Coordination and a Multi-Agent Systems "Turing Challenge""

Contact Name: 
Karl Pichotta
GDC 6.302
Feb 28, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm

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Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Grads, Undergrads, Other Interested Parties

Host:  Peter Stone

Talk Abstract: I recently argued that Turing, were he alive now, would conjecture differently than he did in 1950, and I suggested a new “Turing challenge” question, “Is it imaginable that a computer (agent) team member could behave, over the long term and in uncertain, dynamic environments, in such a way that people on the team will not notice it is not human”. In the last several decades, the field of multi-agent systems has developed a vast array of techniques for cooperation and collaboration as well as for agents to handle adversarial or strategic situations. Even so, current generation agents are unlikely to meet this new challenge except in very simple situations. Meeting the challenge requires new algorithms and novel plan representations. This talk will explore the implications of this new “Turing question” in the context of my group’s recent work on developing intelligent agents able to work on a team with health care providers and patients to improve care coordination. Our goal is to enable systems to support a diverse, evolving team in formulating, monitoring and revising a shared “care plan” that operates on multiple time scales in uncertain environments. The coordination of care for children with complex conditions, which is a compelling societal need, is presented as a model environment in which to develop and assess such systems. The talk will focus in particular on challenges of interruption management, information sharing, and crowdsourcing for health literacy.

Speaker Bio: Barbara J. Grosz is Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. From 2001-2011, she served as dean of science and then dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. Grosz is known for her seminal contributions to the fields of natural-language processing and multi-agent systems. She developed some of the earliest computer dialogue systems and established the research field of computational modeling of discourse. Her work on models of collaboration helped establish that field and provides the framework for several collaborative multi-agent and human-computer interface systems. Grosz is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the Association for Computing Machinery, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2009, she received the ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award for “fundamental contributions to research in natural language processing and in multi-agent systems, for her leadership in the field of artificial intelligence, and for her role in the establishment and leadership of interdisciplinary institu­tions.” She served as president of the AAAI from 1993-1995 and on the Boards of IJCAI (Chair 1989-91) and IFAAMAS.