Human-AI Integration Lab

Misha Montoya Sra


Assistant Professor, UCSB Computer Science
Affiliated Faculty with the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Center for Responsible Machine Learning, Mind & Machine Inteligence, the Media, Art & Tech program and the Cognitive Science Program at UCSB.
Director of the Human-AI Integration Lab
Email: sra@ucsb.edu

As AI decouples intelligence from consciousness, as XR technologies transform perception, and as matter becomes machine manipulable, three key questions about the future arise: 1) what will newer AI-infused experiential interfaces look like where digital bits occupy space and algorithms have faces, 2) what can we learn about human behavior through human-AI interaction and how can AI models learn from human behavior, and 3) how will a shift from data-centric to interactive human-centric AI systems augment our capabilities and enrich our lives? To answer these questions, our current work focuses on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), eXtended Reality (XR) and Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (AI). In particular, we investigate the design, engineering and study of experiential interfaces (software and hardware), interactions, tools and systems that focus on skill acquisition, task guidance and creative collaboration.

We are inspired by the writings of Douglas Englebart and JCR Licklider. In both Augmenting Human Intellect and Man-Computer Symbiosis we see a vision of a world where human capabilities are greatly enhanced through close interaction with machines, which we call Human-AI Integration.

RESEARCH



LAB MEMBERS



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Misha Sra
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

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Sherry Chen
PhD student, CS

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Yimeng Liu
PhD student, CS

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Atieh Taheri
PhD candidate, ECE

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Andrew Huard
PhD student, ECE

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Jungah Son
PhD student, MAT

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Arthur Caetano
PhD student, CS

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Avinash Nargund
PhD student, ECE

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Zichen Chen
PhD student, CS

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Kojiro Takeyama
Visiting Researcher, Toyota Research

ALUMS



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Carlos Gilberto
Visiting PhD student, MechE. UNAM, Mexico City

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Giuliana Barrios Dell'Olio
Visiting Master's Student, CS 2020-2021. Now at McKinsey & Company

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Jake Guida
Master's Student, CS 2020 (now at Adobe)

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Mengyu Chen
PhD'23, MAT

APPLY


We are always looking for exceptional students at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction, Electrical and Computer Engineering/Electrical Engineering, Cognitive Science and Mechanical Engineering.

If you are interested in applying to the PercLab:

  1. Send me or any PhD student/s an email with your portfolio and CV.
  2. Your online portfolio must show details of your projects and highlight your contributions. We are especially looking for technical expertise that involves: building hardware devices, implementing AR/VR systems, building interactive AI-based systems, and applications in our areas of interest.
  3. Your CV should state your expertise level in areas that are crucial for our lab: have you built AR/VR systems, have you built any hardware, have you designed new AI algorithms or implemented existing ones, do you do more hardware or software or both, etc.
  4. Make sure you have spent enough time on this website and can specify in your email why the PercLab is a good match for your research interests and skills.
  5. Our lab is most suited for folks with some experience in HCI, ECE/EE, and ME.
  6. If you are applying for a summer internship, you must have demonstrated experience in our areas of work.
  7. If you are a UCSB undergraduate, please email me mentioning your area of interest, any prior experience and your transcript (unofficial is fine). Undergrads in the PercLab have so far worked on a volunteer basis but working for credit is also possible.

CONTACT


The Human-AI Integration Lab is housed in the Computer Science Department at UCSB located in Phelps 3515.



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