In Fall 2020, I launched the UC Davis HCI Research Group: a collective of professors, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students across campus investigating the dynamics of human-computer interaction.
We have a quarterly talk series (on Zoom):
Fall Quarter 2020
Jorge Peña Associate Professor, Dept. of Communication (UCD)
Dr. Peña specializes in computer-mediated communication, new media, communication in video games and virtual environments, and content analysis of online communication.
Friday, November 13th 10am-11am(on Zoom)
To join the mailing list to receive updates and the Zoom links, please email Michelle Cohn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This year’s Picnic Day is going 100% digital in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, a small team of talented RAs (Patty Sandoval, Julian Rambob, Mia Gong, and Marlene Andrade) helped me create Virtual Booth videos!
Gunrock: A Social Bot for Complex and Engaging Long Conversations Dian Yu, Michelle Cohn, Yi Mang Yang, Chun Yen Chen, Weiming Wen, Jiaping Zhang, Mingyang Zhou, Kevin Jesse, Austin Chau, Antara Bhowmick, Shreenath Iyer, Giritheja Sreenivasulu, Sam Davidson, Ashwin Bhandare and Zhou Yu [pdf]
You can see our system demonstration (2 minute video):
While at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden) this September, Michelle Cohn met up with Dr. Jonas Beskow, co-founder of Furhat Robotics, and Ph.D. student Patrik Jonell. Together with Georgia Zellou, they are conducting a study to test the role of embodiment and gender in human’s voice-AI interaction with three platforms: Amazon Echo, Nao, and Furhat.