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  • The Best of Both Worlds: Social Agents that Leverage Feelings of Rapport and Anonymity

    Mon, Oct 29, 2018 @ 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

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    Speaker: Gale M. Lucas, Research Assistant Professor at USC's ICT

    Talk Title: The Best of Both Worlds: Social Agents that Leverage Feelings of Rapport and Anonymity

    Series: AAAI@USC Lecture Series

    Abstract: This talk presents research comparing social agents to both non-social machines and humans. Social agents have the potential to build rapport like humans (which non-social machines cannot do), but do so while assuring anonymity (which humans cannot do). In this way, they may offer the "best of both worlds" in terms of encouraging users to share personal information and disclose honestly, as well as feel comfortable in situations where they would otherwise be afraid of being negatively evaluated. This has implications for user design and offers possibilities for future research.

    Biography: Gale M. Lucas is a Research Assistant Professor at University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT). After earning her PhD from Northwestern University, she completed her post-doctoral work at ICT, where she established a research program in the areas of Affective Computing and Human-Computer Interaction. Her line of work in affective and personality computing focuses on models predicting mental health, perceptions of trust and emotion in real-world situations. Her work in HCI is centered around understanding how various social factors affect trust in agents and robots.

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    Host: AAAI at USC

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    Location: John Stauffer Science Lecture Hall (SLH) - 200

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: AAAI at USC

    Event Link: https://goo.gl/forms/uLy23v8sHqz9ZRj72

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