Barbara Grosz — Computing Collaboratively: How Our Computers Ought to Work

by bgbuchanan on May 3, 2010

Date & Location: Friday May 2, 2008   7:30 p.m.      Emmanuel Episcopal,   Eastsound WA


One of the major challenges for computer science in the next decade is to create the scientific and technological base for easy-to-use, large-scale information systems. Better systems for human-computer communication are an essential part of this challenge. Theories and models of collaboration are important to this endeavor as well as to providing the foundations for constructing systems able to work with each other and their users. The ability to collaborate is critical if we are to have systems that are helpful assistants and not merely tools.

Barbara Grosz

Barbara J. Grosz, Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was appointed dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in April 2008.

Recommended Reading

Many of Prof. Grosz’s publications are available online.  See the.


In this talk Prof. Grosz described some of the problems we encounter when we try to use computers for simple tasks.  She went on to describe current research, including her own, on making computers more collaborators than tools.

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