Expanding the Horizons of Human-Centered AI


This is the title of the summer school that will take place this coming monsoon season in New Delhi, India, from July 24 to July 27. The venue will be the glorious India Habitat Centre in the heart of Lutyens’ Delhi. Read more about our goals and motivations here.

The summer school will consist of four modules, each lasting one entire day. The information below will be updated as more speakers confirm and the topics take shape. For now, this is our tentative schedule:

Day 1: HCI + AI = HCAI
The focus of this day will be on articulating the scope within which HCI researchers, practitioners, educators, and entrepreneurs might play a role towards improved understanding, design, use, and evaluation of AI-based technologies and technology interactions. Speakers include Rosa Arriaga (Georgia Tech, USA), Naveen Bagalkot (Srishti School of Design & Technology, Bangalore), Mohit Jain (University of Washington & IBM Research, Bangalore), and Danish Contractor (IBM Research, New Delhi).

Day 2: Human-Centered Machine Learning
The focus of this day will be on human-centered machine learning (ML). In a world where ML brings us to rethink and consider new possibilities for our everyday contexts, we will learn how ML can stay grounded in human needs to make an impact in problem areas that it is well-positioned to address. Speakers include Munmun De Choudhury (Georgia Tech, USA), Amit Sharma (Microsoft Research, Bangalore), and Kalika Bali (Microsoft Research, Bangalore). We will conclude the day with a design session with volunteers from MakerGhat (a non-profit makerspace in Mumbai) on “Empowering the Next Generation with AI”.

Day 3: AI & Social Good
There is a growing focus on seeing AI make its way into application areas of social good, such as those defined by the UN’s sustainable development goals. We will discuss what novelty AI brings to these domains and examine how it is currently being used in some. Speakers include Aaditeshwar Seth (IIT Delhi and Gram Vaani), Jerome White (Wadhwani Institute for AI, Mumbai), and Jacki O’Neill (Microsoft Research, Bangalore). We will conclude the day with a design session with volunteers from Haiyya (a women’s advocacy group in New Delhi) on “What makes a safe space?”.

Day 4: Critical Perspectives on HCAI
Our last day will focus on cultivating critical perspectives on human-centered AI. With challenges around fairness, bias, and ethical implications of AI surfacing on an almost daily basis, we will learn ways in which we can start to critically question the world that we see unfolding around us. Speakers currently include Tapan Parikh (Cornell University), Janaki Srinivasan (International Institute for Information Technology, Bangalore), Urvashi Aneja (Tandem Research), and Divy Thakkar (Google, India).

APPLY HERE. Applications received by June 15 will receive highest priority, and participation is by application only. We will send notifications by June 20. We have limits on the numbers our venue can hold, so we encourage interested individuals to apply early. Early registration ends July 3. Registration fees will be charged at the rate of INR 4K per day, but INR 10K for attending the entire event. Food and beverages will be provided through the day. We have travel scholarships available, which can be requested in the application form. For accommodation hostel and guest house rooms in IIIT-Delhi will be available at nominal rates. A few rooms at the India Habitat Centre have also been blocked (at INR 8K per day). More information on booking these will be available by June 20. Outside of these options, we encourage participants to identify their own means of stay; the venue is centrally located and easily accessible via public transportation.

This is an HCI Across Borders event sponsored by ACM SIGCHI and in cooperation with the ACM Future of Computing Academy. It is hosted by the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology in Delhi. The organizers are Neha Kumar (Georgia Tech) and Pushpendra Singh (IIIT-Delhi).