Hi! I'm Harman Kaur.

I'm a fourth year PhD student at University of Michigan in Computer Science & Engineering and the School of Information. I'm advised by
Dr. Cliff Lampe
and Dr. Eric Gilbert, and am a member of the Social Media Research Lab and the Interactive Systems Lab.

My research focuses on understanding the challenges of human-AI collaboration, and designing human-centric tools and approaches to mitigate these challenges. I ask questions about what's missing in people's understanding of AI (their mental model) and AI's representation of people's behavior (its user model), and how this affects the effectiveness of a human-AI team. I often incorporate theories from cognitive science, communication, and organizational studies—operationalizing them from a human-human to a human-AI context—to support this problem exploration and solution design process.

News

Jan 2020: Looking forward to being in Italy for IUI 2020 and share our work on using affordances to support better understanding of social media posting desicions for AI.

Dec 2019: Excited to present two papers at CHI 2020! Our work on optimizing for both happiness and productivity in the workplace helps AI assistants build more nuanced user models, and our study of state-of-the-art interpretability tools evaluates people's mental models of these tools.

Oct 2019: Attending UIST 2019 (October 20-23) in New Orleans followed by HCOMP 2019 (October 28-31) in Skamania, Washington. Organizing CrowdCamp, a research hackathon, at HCOMP. This year, we have set human-AI collaboration as the theme for CrowdCamp and are looking forward to some exciting project ideas!

Oct 2019: Attending UIST 2019 (October 20-23) in New Orleans followed by HCOMP 2019 (October 28-31) in Skamania, Washington. Organizing CrowdCamp, a research hackathon, at HCOMP. This year, we have set human-AI collaboration as the theme for CrowdCamp and are looking forward to some exciting project ideas!

May 2019: Attending CHI 2019 (May 4-May 10) in Glasgow, Scotland. Participating in the workshop Where is the Human? Bridging the Gap Between AI and HCI.

March 2019: Headed to NYC this summer to work with the awesome Dr. Jenn Wortman Vaughan and Dr. Rich Caruana at Microsoft Research!

Feb 2018: I will be in Seattle again this summer working with Dr. Shamsi Iqbal at Microsoft Research!

Dec 2017: Our paper Supporting Workplace Detachment and Reattachment with Conversational Intelligence was accepted to CHI 2018! Awesome collaboration with Alex Williams during the summer at Microsoft Research.

July 2017: Our paper CrowdMask: Using Crowds to Preserve Privacy in Crowd-Powered Systems via Progressive Filtering was accepted to HCOMP 2017

May 2017: In Seattle/Redmond for the summer, working with Dr. Jaime Teevan and Dr. Shamsi Iqbal at Microsoft Research

May 2017: Attending CHI 2017 (May 6-May 11) in Denver, Colorado

Feb 2017: Attending CSCW 2017 (Feb 25-Mar 2) in Portland, Oregon

Jan 2017: Selected to participate in CRA-W's Grad Cohort Workshop (April 7-8) in Washington D.C.

Sep 2016: Started as a PhD student at University of Michigan School of Information

May 2016: Graduated with a BS in Computer Science from University of Minnesota

Publications

Conference Papers

  1. H. Kaur and Cliff Lampe (2020, March). Using Affordances to Improve AI Support of Social Media Posting Decisions. In Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI 2020).
  2. H. Kaur, H. Nori, S. Jenkins, R. Caruana, H. Wallach, J. W. Vaughan. Interpreting Interpretability: Understanding Data Scientists’ Use of Interpretability Tools for Machine Learning. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2020).
  3. H. Kaur, A. Williams, D. McDuff, M. Czerwinski, J. Teevan, S. Iqbal. Optimizing for Happiness and Productivity: Modeling Opportune Moments for Transitions and Breaks at Work. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2020).
  4. A. Williams, H. Kaur, J. Teevan, R. White, S. Iqbal, A. Fourney (2019, October). Mercury: Empowering Programmers’ Mobile Work Practices with Microproductivity. In Proceedings of the 32nd ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium (UIST 2019).
  5. H. Kaur, A. Williams, A.L. Thompson, W.S. Lasecki, S. Iqbal, J. Teevan (2018, November). Creating Better Action Plans for Writing Tasks via Vocabulary-Based Planning. In Proceedings of the International ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2018). New York, NY. Slides
  6. R. Fok, H. Kaur, S. Palani, M.E. Mott, W.S. Lasecki. (2018, November) Towards More Robust Speech Interactions for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Users. In Proceedings of the International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS 2018). Galway, Ireland.
  7. A. Rao, H. Kaur, W.S. Lasecki (2018, July). Plexiglass: Multiplexing Passive and Active Tasks for More Efficient Crowdsourcing. In Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Human Computation (HCOMP 2018). Zurich, Switzerland. Slides
  8. A. Williams, H. Kaur, G. Mark, A.L. Thompson, S. Iqbal, J. Teevan (2018, April). Supporting Workplace Detachment and Reattachment with Conversational Intelligence. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2018).
  9. H. Kaur, M. Gordon, Y. Yang, J. Bigham, J. Teevan, E. Kamar, W.S. Lasecki (2017, October). CrowdMask: Using Crowds to Preserve Privacy in Crowd-Powered Systems via Progressive Filtering. In Proceedings of the 5th AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP 2017). Slides | Presentation Video
  10. F. M. Harper, F. Xu, H. Kaur, K. Condiff, S. Chang, L. Terveen (2015, September). Putting users in control of their recommendations. In Proceedings of the 9th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys 2015).

Posters

  1. H. Kaur, A.C. Williams, A.L. Thompson, W.S. Lasecki, S. Iqbal, and J. Teevan. Using Vocabularies to Collaboratively Create Better Plans for Writing Tasks. In Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2018).
  2. H. Kaur, I. Johnson, H.J. Miller, L.G. Terveen, C. Lampe, B. Hecht, W.S. Lasecki. Oh The Places You’ll Share: An Affordances-Based Model of Social Media Posting Behaviors. In Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2018).
  3. H. Kaur, B. Hecht, C. Lampe, W. Lasecki. To Share or Not to Share: An Affordances Based Modeling of Social Media Usage For Posting Content. CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop, Washington DC, 2017
  4. H. Kaur, H. Miller, L. Terveen. Building Feeds Without Friends. University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Symposium (2016). Minneapolis, MN

Workshop Papers

  1. H. Kaur, A.C. Williams, W.S. Lasecki. Building Shared Mental Models between Humans and AI for Effective Collaboration. In CHI 2019 Workshop on Where is the Human? Bridging the Gap Between AI and HCI. Glasgow, Scotland. 2019.
  2. S.R. Gouravajhala, H. Kaur, R. Fok, and W.S. Lasecki. Challenges in Making Situated Interactions Accessible to Motor-Impaired Users. In Workshop at the International ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2018).
  3. H. Kaur, C. Lampe, and W.S. Lasecki. Crowdsourcing Law and Policy via Crowd-Civic Systems. In Workshop at the International ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2017).

Contact

Email: harmank [at] umich [dot] edu

Address: 4413 North Quadrangle
105 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109