Cristina Conati

Professor of Computer Science

Office
ICCS
107
On Leave January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023

Academic Information

M.Sc. (Honors), University of Milan (1988); 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)

Research Areas

artificial intelligence
human-computer interaction

Interests

Cristina's research is at is at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and Cognitive Science, with the goal  to create AI systems that can both perform useful tasks and be well accepted by their users. A key aspect of this endeavor is enabling AI systems to predict and monitor relevant properties of their users (e.g., states, skills, needs, emotions) and personalize the interaction accordingly, in a manner that maximizes both task performance as well user satisfaction. Toward this goal, Cristina is especially interested in investigating how to enable AI technology to strike the right balance between providing accurate predictions and decision-making while maintaining transparency, user control, and trust. 

For more details on current and past projects, see https://hai.cs.ubc.ca/ 

Keywords

Human-Centered AI
AI-driven Personalization
Explainable AI
Affetive Computing
Affetive Computing User Modeling
Intelligent Tutoring Systems

Courses

2023 Winter
CPSC 532C - Topics in Artificial Intelligence
CPSC 554C - Topics in Human-Computer Interaction
2022 Winter
CPSC 532C - Topics in Artificial Intelligence
CPSC 554C - Topics in Human-Computer Interaction
2021 Winter
CPSC 532C - Topics in Artificial Intelligence
CPSC 554C - Topics in Human-Computer Interaction
2020 Winter
CPSC 322 - Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
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
2014 Summer
CPSC 322 - Introduction to Artificial Intelligence