Intelligent Interactive Systems Group at Harvard



About The Group

The Intelligent Interactive Systems Group at Harvard was founded in September of 2009. We are interested in how intelligent technologies can enable novel ways of interacting with computation, and in the new challenges that human abilities, limitations and preferences create for machine learning algorithms embedded in interactive systems.

About Intelligent Interactive Systems

Intelligent Interactive Systems are fundamentally hard to design because they require intelligent technology that is well suited for people's abilities, limitations, and preferences; they also require entirely novel interactions that can give the user a predictable and reliable experience despite the fact that the underlying technology is inherently proactive, unpredictable, and occasionally wrong. Thus, design of successful intelligent interactive systems requires intimate knowledge of and ability to innovate in two very disparate areas: human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence or machine learning.

What We Do

Our projects span the full range from formal user studies to statistical machine learning. We have worked on developing new intelligent technologies to enable novel interactions (e.g., SUPPLE system) and on understanding the principles underlying how people interact with intelligent systems (e.g., the project on exploring the design space of adaptive user interfaces). Our Brain-Computer Interface project aims at developing a new set of interactions for efficiently controlling complex applications, and we are also interested in building and studying complete applications. One particular area of inteterest is the ability-based user interfaces -- an approach for adapting interactions to the individual abilities of people with impairments or of able-bodied people in unusual situations.

Current and Recent Projects

This page was last modified on April 26, 2022.