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Designing Human-AI Systems for Creativity and Beyond: Haijun Xia

January 25, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

*This talk is hybrid (in-person & remote). Capacity is limited. Please register ahead of time.

The Last Mile of AI for Creativity

AI is changing our world in unimaginable ways in areas of scientific discoveries, language understanding, and content generation. Will AI take over everything? Haijun Xia argues there is a last-mile problem of AI for creativity, and it is not an AI problem but a human problem. In this talk, Haijun Xia will share the research that he has been doing in Human-Computer Interaction that has the potential to bridge the last mile of AI for creativity.

About the Speaker

Haijun Xia (he/him) is an Assistant Professor in the Design Lab, Cognitive Science, and Computer Science & Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. He also directs the Creativity Lab. His recent research interest is combining Human-Computer Interaction and artificial intelligence to augment productivity and creativity. His work has received in total 7 Best Paper Awards or Honorable Mentions at ACM CHI, UIST, and IEEE VIS conferences.

About Designing Human-AI Systems for Creativity and Beyond

Imagine a computer that could finish your sentences, or compose music that sounds as if you wrote it, or dance with your moves or solve a problem by creating hundreds of lines of code – leaving you to focus on a task that is even harder, augmenting your creative ability and pushing you to reach your creative potential. In a sense, that computer is merely the descendant of the power looms or the steam engine of the Industrial Revolution. But it also belongs to a new class of machine, because it grasps the symbols in language, music and programming and uses them in a way that seems creative, seems human. These “Generative AI” models represent a breakthrough in artificial intelligence, creativity and design.

This speaker series invites you to engage in the promise and perils of the next big thing in machine intelligence. We invite speakers from the worlds of art, design, technology and policy to discuss these impressive new capabilities, its limitations and how we, as designers and students, could harness it to reach new heights in art, music, dance, architecture, fashion, creative writing and programming.


January 25, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Design and Innovation Building
Room 208


The Design Lab
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