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Prof Maria Virvou

University of Piraeus, Greece

Human-AI Interaction: New Horizons and Challenges


A new model of human -AI interaction emerges in the new era of Artificial Intelligence- empowered software which exhibits highly autonomous behaviour based on intelligent systems' decisions. AI off-loads human cognitive burden and resolves cyberspace navigation disorientation by performing dynamic adaptations on user personalisation, information filtering, hyperlink labelling, nudging and recommendation while employing user analytics on user preferences, personality, cognitive status, emotions, mood, goals and intentions of humans. The underlying reasoning of such behaviour includes machine learning, neural networks, decision technologies, data mining, fuzzy logic, cognitive and other mechanisms, all of which produce more human-like user interfaces but with a degree of uncertainty. As such, Human-AI interaction reforms significantly the classical human-computer interaction model that was primarily based on predictable computer behaviour rather than highly decision making, changeable and intelligently hypothesizing AI. Yet, human needs in the two-part interaction remain important concerning issues, such as ensuring and preserving usability, utility and explainability of AI.

This talk aims to explore AI and humans as parts of the newly established dialogue by highlighting the significant advancing benefits and discussing challenges. An overview of the state-of-the-art will be presented as well as the author's personal viewpoint on establishing and preserving principles and procedures in the new dialogue of Human-AI Interaction.

Maria Virvou


Professor - Dr. Maria Virvou was born in Athens, Greece. She received a B.Sc. Degree in Mathematics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, a M.Sc. Degree in Computer Science from the University College London (UCL), U.K. and a Ph.D. Degree in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from the University of Sussex, U.K. funded by a scholarship obtained from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation.

She is currently a FULL PROFESSOR, HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT, DIRECTOR OF POST- GRADUATE STUDIES and DIRECTOR OF THE SOFTWARE ENGINEERING LAB in the Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, Greece. She is AUTHOR/CO-AUTHOR of over 350 research papers published in international journals, books and conference proceedings and of 7 books and monographs in Computer Science. She has been EDITOR of over 20 collections of papers in conference proceedings or books, published by major academic publishers, such as IEEE, Springer and IOS Press. She is currently EDITOR-IN-CHIEF of the Springer book series "Learning and Analytics in Intelligent Systems". She has also been EDITOR-IN-CHIEF of the SpringerPlus Journal (Springer) for the whole area of Computer Science. Additionally, she has been an ASSOCIATE EDITOR of many other journals. She has been GENERAL CO-CHAIR of the yearly conference series of International Conference on Information, Intelligence, Systems and Applications (IISA 2013-2021), technically-sponsored by IEEE, which aims at promoting research in the area of interactive multimedia and major applications. She has been the GENERAL CHAIR / PROGRAM CHAIR of over twenty (20) International Conferences. She has been the PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR or CO-INVESTIGATOR of numerous national / international research projects. She has supervised 12 Ph.D. alumni and many of them currently hold academic positions in Universities. She has been teaching under-graduate and post-graduate courses in Educational Software, Software Engineering and Mobile Software, Human Computer Interaction, Programming Languages and Compilers, Software Personalization Technologies, User Modeling, Adaptive Tutoring Systems.

Prof.-Dr. Virvou has been a recipient of many best paper awards in international conferences. She has been an invited keynote speaker for many international conferences. She has received an honorary award by UNESCO in honour and recognition of her outstanding scholarly achievements and contributions to the field of Computer Science. She received the 1st Research Award from the Research Centre of the University of Piraeus for high quality international journal publications among Faculty Members of the University of Piraeus for the years 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 respectively. According to Microsoft Academic Search exploring entity analytics of 262,751,231 Authors she has been ranked as top 1st author in the Computer Science area of EDUCATIONAL SOFTWARE regarding citations and 2nd regarding publications. In addition, she has been ranked as top 1st author in publications in the Computer Science areas of MOBILE AUTHORING TOOLS, ADAPTIVE TUTORING, BI-MODAL AFFECTIVE COMPUTING, INTELLIGENT HELP, AUTOMATIC REASONING HELP, EDUCATIONAL GAME SOFTWARE, VIRTUAL REALITY EDUCATIONAL GAME, RUP LIFE CYCLE SOFTWARE. She has been ranked as 2nd top author regarding publications in the areas of SOFTWARE PERSONALIZATION STUDENT MODELING, INTELLIGENT HELP SYSTEMS FOR UNIX USERS, KNOWLEDGE ENGINEERING AFFECTIVE SYSTEMS, top 4th author in the area of UML INTELLIGENT COLLABORATIVE LEARNING and top 5th in the whole area of USER MODELING. Moreover she has been ranked among the top 40 researchers worldwide in publications for the Computer Science area of MULTIMEDIA (out of 979.432 publications, 8.626.011 citations, 1.600.000 authors), among the top 50 authors in the area of USER INTERFACE (out of 176.156 publications, 3.462.738 citations) and among the top 65 authors in HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION (out of 538.396 publications, 6.497.244 citations). She is among the top 2% of the most influential scientists worldwide in the area of ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, according to Ioannidis, J. P., Boyack, K. W., & Baas, J. (2020) "Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators", PLoS Biology, 18(10), e3000918.

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