People-centric AI for the built environment: Burcin Becerik-Gerber, USC
Speaker: Burcin Becerik-Gerber (University of Southern California, US)
With the recent advancements in data science and artificial intelligence, we will soon have different experiences with our built environments.
This inevitable change will impact our everyday experiences, causing novel interactions between humans and the built environment. Built environments (e.g., transportation hubs, office buildings, homes, learning environments) will become interactive entities that provide “user-centred” and “dynamic” spaces for their inhabitants to perform a range of social functions. These environments will provide unique opportunities to their users — enriched by AI — sensing user data, modelling user behaviour, reasoning, interacting with their users, learning user preferences/needs, and providing a user-centric environment. iLAB’s (Innovation in Integrated Informatics LAB, http://i-lab.usc.edu/) research aims at building interactive and intelligent environments with the end goal of impacting both human and building behaviour to fulfill the goal of sustainable, resilient, healthy and comfortable built environments.
The group investigates how to adapt to the needs of the users of built environments through the use of machine learning, artificial intelligence, automation and data science. The goal is to innovate novel approaches for enabling environments that are not only aware of and make use of their users’ locations, processes, activities or preferences but also create environments that learn, predict and respond to what is going to happen in the foreseeable future. The focus is on establishing people-centric AI that communicate directly with users in a dynamic and informal way and provide context aware, personalised and timely services for supporting decision-making, collaborative problem solving, management of resources and learning.
Dr. Becerik-Gerber is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs at the Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of University of Southern California. She is the founding director of the Innovation in Integrated Informatics LAB: http://i-lab.usc.edu/ and the director of the Center for Intelligent Environments, Technology and Society (CENTIENTS). Her research falls at the intersection of built environment, machine intelligence and systems thinking. Specifically, her work focuses on the acquisition, modeling, and analysis of the data needed for user-centered built environments, and the development of novel frameworks and visualization techniques to improve built-environment efficiency, while increasing user satisfaction.
To date, she has published more than 120 peer-reviewed papers and her work has received support worth more than $5 million from a variety of sources. In 2012, Burcin been appointed as the inaugural holder of the Stephen Schrank Early Career Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is the recipient of MIT Technology Review’s TR35 Recognition (2012), NSF CAREER Award (2014), Viterbi Junior Research Award (2016), Mellon Mentoring Award (2017), Celebration of Engineering & Technology Innovation Award (CETI) in the Outstanding Early Career Researcher category from FIATECH (2018) and the Rutherford Visiting Fellowship at the Alan Turing Institute (2018). She serves as an Associate Editor for ASCE’s Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering since 2011.
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