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Novel Interfaces to Support Human Intent Formation and Communication to Humans and Computers Alike

Elena L. Glassman, Assistant Professor, Harvard University

Oct 13, 2021

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Elena L. Glassman is the Stanley A. Marks and William H. Marks Assistant Professor at Harvard Radcliffe Institute and an assistant professor of computer science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where she specializes in human-computer interaction.

Join Glassman as she discusses her work designing, building, and evaluating systems for comprehending and interacting with population-level structure and trends in large code and data corpora. 

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Elena is an assistant professor at Harvard Radcliffe Institute and an assistant professor of computer science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She specializes in human-computer interaction and leads a research group that aims to augment human intelligence with computation.

During her fellowship, Glassman is focusing on formalizing and generalizing a novel type of information visualization that facilitates human insight and intent formation about semi-structured data and, where applicable, the expression of that intent to a computer. This type of information visualization has been instrumental to the success of Glassman’s past programming-related interfaces, and she intends to extend it to new domains; e.g., privacy policies, news articles, electronic health records, and scientific abstracts. The goal is to help lay people and experts in various domains perceive previously unseeable patterns and distributions over alternative choices that were previously prohibitively time-consuming to investigate.

Glassman earned a PhD and MEng in electrical engineering and computer science and a BS in electrical science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has received fellowships from the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program, and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. She was also awarded the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Scholarship, IEEE Presidents’ Scholarship, and an MIT Morris Joseph Levin Award. Glassman’s work has been featured in such media outlets as CNN, the New York Times, and Wired.

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