[Speaker] October 31st – Shamsi Iqbal, Microsoft Research

October 20, 2017

Time: Tuesday, October 31st, 2017, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Location: 4102 Siebel Center

Title: Being Productive in A Multitasking World

Abstract: Artificial intelligence is fundamentally challenging what we envision as the future of work. Because now we can have machine intelligence supplement human intelligence – people can be empowered to attempt and achieve beyond what was once thought possible. Research in the area of productivity and multitasking has to adapt to the changing world anticipating what the future may look like. As part of the Productivity team at MSR AI I have been focusing on redefining productivity to adapt to a changing landscape bringing together theories from cognitive science, human computer interaction and artificial intelligence. In this talk I will highlight research in the area of individual productivity. I will cover three areas – 1) Being productive by being focused, 2) Being productive in bursts and 3) Being productive by interleaving productivity tasks with other continuous attention tasks. I will discuss a few ongoing projects in these areas and implications for research and product development.

Biography: Dr. Shamsi T. Iqbal is a researcher in the Productivity team in Microsoft Research, AI. Her primary expertise is in the domain of Attention Management and Interruptions. More recently her work focuses on redefining productivity, introducing novel ways of being productive and determining metrics for evaluating productivity across a variety of domains. Her work on driving and distraction has been featured in the New York Times, MIT Tech Review among others, and also featured in the King 5 News (NBC affiliate in the Seattle area). Shamsi has served on many organizing and program committees for HCI conferences and is currently serving as an ACM TOCHI Associate Editor. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008 as the first Ph.D. graduate from the HCI group, advised by Dr. Brian Bailey.

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