🦆 Interaction Nerds by UXA
This week from Investigation & Connection: Human AI Interaction, an inside look into XHacks with last year’s winning team, and leading multidiscplinary teams and humanising research with Zahin Ali
👋 Announcements — Get ready for XHacks and have a great spring break!
Welcome back to another riveting issue of Investigation and Connection! We hope you are having a wonderful end to your February and are looking forward to spring break. This issue covers hackathons, teamwork, and AI as we continue to ramp up to the much-anticipated XHacks! 🤩
BTW – Registration for individual participants for XHacks is up! You can register at this link, and take a look at our schedule below! Don’t have a team yet? Don’t worry! Join the Slack channel #xhacks-team-formation on the UXA Slack to find teammates! 🙋
🐒 Campus Compass — Human AI Interaction
Interested in learning about the wider implications of AI, including agency and initiative, AI and ethics, bias and transparency, confidence and errors, human augmentation and amplification, trust and explainability, and mixed-initiative systems? 📚 These topics will be explored via projects in dialog and speech-controlled systems, automatic speech recognition, computer vision, data science, recommender systems, text summarization, learning science, UI personalization, and visualization. 🧐
🔍 05-318 / 05-618 Human AI Interaction
🤔 What is Human AI Interaction?
Artificial Intelligence is inspired by human intelligence, made powerful by human data, and ultimately only useful in how it positively affects the human experience. This course is an introduction to harnessing the power of AI so that it is beneficial and useful to people.
🧐 What do you do in Human AI Interaction?
Students will complete individual weekly mini-projects in which they will design and build AI systems across a wide variety of domains.
😯 Who should take Human AI Interaction?
🤩 Student Spotlight — An Inside Look into XHacks with Last Year’s Winning Team
Mark your calendars because XHacks is coming (sign up here)! But what is XHacks? What do you do during this intense and exciting 24-hour design hackathon? Join us in our conversation with the winners of last year’s XHacks, Cathryn Lin, Cheryl Zhang, Rebecca Jiang, and Hongyu Mao, to learn more about XHacks and how to succeed in this year’s hackathon! ✊
“…since XHacks is only a 24-hour challenge, I would also suggest just enjoying the process of brainstorming and designing!”
— Hongyu Mao 🪐
”I really wanted to challenge myself to brainstorm in a short amount of time.”
— Cathryn Lin 🐙
”Be confident in your idea and do something that you’re passionate about.”
— Rebecca Jiang 🍉
”…looking back, it was a really unique experience, and I'm glad that we stuck it through until the end.”
— Cheryl Zhang 🎨
🤩 Field Trip — Leading Multidisciplinary Teams and Humanising Research with Zahin Ali
What does it mean to lead multidisciplinary teams in design consulting? How do we research and design alongside ambiguity while also incorporating storytelling in the way we present our research? Learn more about how Zahin navigates ambiguity when leading multidisciplinary teams, and how we can allow the research we do to speak for itself! 🤔
“Design Research is not looking at user needs in an isolated context, but we use storytelling to make that context come alive.”
— Zahin Ali
🤔 Who’s behind the scenes?
Thanks for reading this week’s Interaction Nerds by CMU UXA! The editors behind this work are Sophie McGrady, Caleb Sun, Arin Pantja, and Rebecca Jiang.
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