Minutes of the “Smell, Taste and Temperature Interfaces Workshop” at CHI 2021

Minutes by Jenny Berkholz Smell, Taste and Temperature Interfaces Workshop, CHI Conference 2021 Date: 06.05.21 to 08.05.21, from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. each day. Online event, Zoom conference 41 participants Workshop homepage: The workshop days will follow the same pattern: First the welcome, followed by the “Provocation Talks” and a discussion. After this…
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Talk of Dr. Philipp Jordan on “Past Intersections and Future Opportunities für Science Fiction for Computer Science Research and Education”

The Human-Centered AI group of the chair of Consumer Informatics is once again hosting a keynote series. The theme of this series is “Science Fiction and the Future of AI”. Our first speaker “Dr. Philipp Jordan” will talk about “Past Intersections and future opportunities of science fiction for computer science research and education”. Philipp Jordan…
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„I Don’t Know, Is AI Also Used in Airbags?

New publication by Fatemeh Alizadeh, Gunnar Stevens and Margarita Esau on contemporary consumer perceptions of artificial intelligence in i-com. Abstract: In 1991, researchers at the center for the Learning Sciences of Carnegie Mellon University were confronted with the confusing question of “where is AI?” from users, who were interacting with artificial intelligence (AI) but did…
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New association Lebensmittel-Teilen e.V. founded in Siegen

From end consumer to prosumer: The newly founded Lebensmittel-Teilen e.V. supports community gardens and local production, cooking get-togethers, nutrition education and ensures that food is saved from the garbage can and redistributed.

Institute for Digital Consumption at the Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences

The Institute for Digital Consumption (IVI) of H-BRS supports teaching and research at the intersection of consumer sciences and business informatics.

Talk of Assistant Prof. Motahhare Eslami on „Responsible AI: Supporting (Enough) Transparency and Bias-Awareness in AI Systems“

AI systems offer a promise to improve decision making where people must account for an overwhelming number of potentially contributing factors. This could be from determining what we read in our social media feeds to helping judges making pretrial bail decisions.  The power of these systems, along with their opacity and potential biases, can cause…
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Whose emotions are the second-ordered artificial emotions?

On the 9th of December, the group of consumer informatics hosted assistant professor Minha Lee for her keynote talk on “Whose emotions are the second-order artificial emotions?”. In her research on a chatbot called Vincent, Minha worked on agents’ stories and their potential to generate never-ending emotional loops. Here is the recorded video of her…
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Publication of “Data Science Canvas: Evaluation of a Tool to Manage Data Science Projects” at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)

Our group recently published the Research Paper “Data Science Canvas: Evaluation of a Tool to Manage Data Science Projects” at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS): The Research Paper “Data Science Canvas: Evaluation of a Tool to Manage Data Science Projects” was written by Thomas Neifer, Dennis Lawo and Margarita Esau – Data emerged…
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Talk of Assistant Prof. Minha Lee on “Whose emotions are the second-ordered artificial emotions?”

Machines can detect people’s emotions through computer vision or speech processing, but they can also convey or mimic human emotions. A robot can frown, a smart speaker can sound happy, and a chatbot can send emojis. Yet as these various AI systems become more technically capable, simple expressions like smiles or emojis are likely to…
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Talk of Prof. Andreas Muxel on “AUTOMATA: Non-trivial Interactions with Trivial Machines”

Robots are no longer just “better” or more “efficient” workers in factory halls, they also become co-actors in our daily lives, for example autonomous vacuum cleaners, chatty voice assistants or care robots. Sharing our home with these domestic automata we almost attribute human characteristics, emotions and aliveness to our technical counterpart, but we have to…
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