AI Colloquium: Shamsi Iqbal (Microsoft Research)


Utrecht University’s AI Colloquium will this year be organized by the focus area Human-centered Artificial Intelligence. For this AI Colloquium, SIG-coordinator Chris Janssen has invited Shamsi Iqbal, Principal Researcher in the Information and Data Sciences group at Microsoft Research AI, Redmond. She will share her thoughts on "AI and the Future of Work: Redefining Productivity to Adapt to a Changing Landscape of Work".

AI and the Future of Work

As our work environments and work practices rapidly evolves as a result of the changing landscape of work, what we envision as the future of work is being fundamentally challenged. Research in the area of productivity and multitasking has to adapt to the changing world anticipating what the future may look like - in particular taking into account growing needs of balancing work and life. In this colloquiumI will talk about redefining productivity where doing work is no longer confined to being at a desk and the need to do things while on the go or while in divided attention scenarios continues to dominate.

I will discuss various ways of being productive - ranging from the individual to hybrid teams working together including collaborators, crowd workers and automation, using hybrid platforms and in hybrid locations. I will also talk about how ML models can be used in real time to help people transition to the right task at the right moment, taking into account their activities and affective state. This work brings together theories from cognitive science, human computer interaction and artificial intelligence. I will discuss a few ongoing projects in this area and present directions for research and product development.

About Shamsi Iqbal

Dr. Shamsi T. Iqbal is a Principal Researcher in the Productivity and Intelligence group (P+I) in Microsoft Research, Redmond. Her primary expertise is in the domain of Attention Management and Interruptions. More recently her work has focused on redefining productivity, introducing novel ways of being productive through leveraging micromoments and balancing productivity and well-being in interaction design. Her work on driving and distraction has been featured in the New York Times, MIT Tech Review, The Economist among others, and also featured in the King 5 News (NBC affiliate in the Seattle area). 

Shamsi has served on many organizing and program committees for Human-Computer Interaction conferences, is currently serving as an ACM TOCHI Associate Editor and was the General Co-chair for UIST 2020. Shamsi received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008 and Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 2001.

Human-centered Artificial Intelligence

The AI Colloquium is organized within Utrecht University focus area Human-centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI). HAI bundles the various AI-activities undertaken at Utrecht University. AI in Utrecht has a unique interdisciplinary profile that pervades various departments, including computer sciencephilosophylinguistics and psychology.

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Online in the Human-centered Artificial Intelligence Team

All interested parties are welcome to attend, registration is not necessary. The colloquium will take place in the Human-centered Artificial Intelligence Team in MS Teams. If you have trouble finding or accessing the Team, please contact as via to be added to the team.