Cristina Conati

Professor & Distinguished Scholar, Sauder School of Business

Office
ICCS
107
Office Phone #
604-822-4632

Academic Information

M.Sc. (Honors), University of Milan (1988); Research Staff Member, Dida*El Milan (1988-1989); Research Fellow, I.R.S.T. Istituto per la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica (1989-1991); Research Programmer Carnegie Mellon University (1992); M.Sc., University of Pittsburgh (1995); Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh (1999); Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia (1999-2005), Associate Professor, University of British Columbia (2006 - 2016), Professor (2016); Distinguished Scholar, Sauder School of Business (2020)

Interests

My goal is to integrate research in Artificial Intelligence, Human Computer Interaction and Cognitive Science to make complex interactive systems increasingly more effective and adaptive to the users' needs. I am particularly interested in extending the range of user features that can be captured in and efficiently processed by a computational user model - from purely cognitive features (knowledge, goals, preferences), to meta-cognitive skills (e.g., the capability of effectively exploring a large information space), personality traits and emotional reactions. The aim is to widen the spectrum of information that an interactive system can use to dynamically adapt its behavior to a user's needs. My students and I are currently applying this research to: (1) generate adaptive visualizations [I]; (2) capture and adapt to a user's reasoning processes by using eye-gaze information [II] and decision-theoretic methods [IV]; (3) Provide adaptive support to interface customization [III]; (4) devising emotionally intelligent agents for educational games [V];

Research Interests

artificial intelligence
human-computer interaction

Research Groups

AI: Artificial Intelligence
CAIDA: Centre for Artificial Intelligence Decision-making & Action
DFP: Designing for People Cluster
Human-AI Interaction
DSI: Data Science Institute

Latest Courses

2022 Winter

CPSC 554C - Topics in Human-Computer Interaction
CPSC 532C - Topics in Artificial Intelligence

2021 Winter

CPSC 532C - Topics in Artificial Intelligence
CPSC 554C - Topics in Human-Computer Interaction

2020 Winter

CPSC 322 - Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

2019 Winter

CPSC 532C - Topics in Artificial Intelligence
CPSC 554C - Topics in Human-Computer Interaction

2017 Winter

CPSC 322 - Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

2016 Winter

CPSC 322 - Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

2015 Winter

CPSC 322 - Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
CPSC 502 - Artificial Intelligence I

2014 Winter

CPSC 322 - Introduction to Artificial Intelligence