Human-AI Integration Lab (HAL)

Misha Sra


John and Eileen Gerngross Assistant Professor, UCSB Computer Science
Courtesy appointments in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, the Media, Art & Tech program, Cognitive Science Program and the interdisciplinary Dynamical Neuroscience Program.
Affiliated Faculty with the Center for Responsible Machine Learning, Center for Aging and Longevity Studies and Mind & Machine Inteligence.
Director of the Human-AI Integration Lab (HAL-UCSB)
Email: sra@ucsb.edu || Orcid || Google Scholar



Augmenting Skills with Interactive AI + XR

As AI decouples intelligence from consciousness, as XR transforms perception, and as matter becomes machine manipulable, three questions about the future arise:

  • What will newer AI-infused Interfaces look like where digital bits occupy space and algorithms have faces?
  • How do we design seamless Human-AI Interaction techniques to embed AI into real world tasks and activities?
  • How will Interactive AI that supports real world skills transform us and enrich our lives?

To answer these questions, our current work focuses on eXtended Reality (virtual, augmented and mixed reality or XR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). We are interested in taking an interaction-driven approach to augment skills (e.g., physical fitness, physical rehab therapy, choreography etc.). To this end, we investigate the design, engineering, and study of adaptive and explainable interfaces, tools, and systems.

The future is a heterotopia of "worlds within worlds, mirroring and yet upsetting what is outside," connected within and without in one seamless continuum.

Visual Summary of Recent Work

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 candidate, CS

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Atieh Taheri
PhD candidate, ECE

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Andrew Huard
PhD student, ECE

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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
MS'20, CS (now at Adobe)

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Mengyu Chen
PhD'23, MAT (now at JP Morgan Chase)

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Austin Mac
BS'23, CS (now at Roblox)

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Jungah Son
PhD'23, MAT

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Purav Bhardwaj
Visiting student, NID, India (now at Altassian)

APPLY


For Fall 2024, I am actively looking for technical and motivated students who can demonstrate expertise and creativity with prototyping XR, electrical or mechanical systems and have significant prior programming experience, with or without AI. Please use the CS admission process, pick HCI as your area of interest, and include a link to your portfolio of work. Deadline is Dec 2023.

CONTACT


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



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