The field of AI was motivated originally by the objective of automating tasks performed by humans. While advances in machine learning have enabled impressive capabilities such as self-driving vehicles, more cognitive tasks such as planning and design have resisted full automation because of the vast amounts of knowledge and commonsense reasoning that they require. This talk describes a line of research aimed at developing AI systems that are designed to augment rather than replace human capabilities, leveraging automated planning, machine learning, and natural language understanding technologies. It also presents several successful applications of the research in deployed systems.
Karen Myers is Director of SRI International's Artificial Intelligence Center and an SRI Fellow. Dr. Myers’ research interests include autonomy, multi-agent systems, automated planning and scheduling, intelligent assistants, and privacy. She has led the development of several AI technologies that have been successfully transitioned into operational use in areas that span collaboration tools, task management, and end-user automation. Myers has a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford, a B.Sc. in mathematics and computer science from the University of Toronto, and a degree in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music.