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 Grace Hopper Lecture Series 

University of Pennsylvania

School of Engineering and Applied Science


Grace Hopper Lecture Series


Martha E. Pollack

Dean and Professor, School of Information

Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

University of Michigan

“Intelligent Assistive Technology:  The Present and the Future”

Recent advances in two areas of computer science—wireless sensor networks and AI inference strategies—have made it possible to envision a wide range of technologies that can improve the lives of people with people with physical, cognitive, and/or psycho-social impairments.  This talk will focus on assistive technology for people with cognitive impairment, surveying the state-of-the-art and speculating about future design challenges and opportunities.   An important theme will be that the usefulness and effectiveness of these systems depends on their being adaptive to the often highly individualized and changing needs of their users, and that to achieve these properties, designers must integrate a variety of strategies for automated reasoning and learning. 




Martha E. Pollack is Dean and Professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, where she is also Professor of Computer Science and Engineering.   She received her B.A. degree from Dartmouth College and her M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and has been a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh and a research staff member at the AI Center at SRI International.  A Fellow of the Association for the Advancement for Artificial Intelligence, for which she is also President-Elect, Dr. Pollack serves on the NSF CISE Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association.   She has conducted and published research in a number of subareas of Artificial Intelligence, including natural-language processing, automated plan generation and execution, and adaptive interfaces, and has been a pioneer in the application of AI methods to the design of assistive technology for people with cognitive impairment.  Dr. Pollack is the recipient of a number of professional awards, including the Computers and Thought Award, the University of Pittsburgh Distinguished Research Award, and the Sarah Goddard Power Award.



Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Wu & Chen Auditorium

101 Levine Hall

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


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