Seminar on Cognitive Systems


  RADAR: A Personal Assistant that Learns to Reduce Email Overload

Michael Freed
Program Director, Radar
Artificial Intelligence Center
SRI International

Abstract:

Email client software is widely used for personal task management, a purpose for which it was not designed and is poorly suited. Past attempts to remedy the problem have focused on adding task management features to the client UI. RADAR uses an alternative approach modeled on a trusted human assistant who reads mail, identifies task-relevant message content, and helps manage and execute tasks. This talk describes the integration of diverse AI technologies and presents results from human evaluation studies comparing RADAR user performance to unaided COTS tool users and users partnered with a human assistant. As machine learning plays a central role in many system components, we also compare versions of RADAR with and without learning. Our tests show a clear advantage for learning-enabled RADAR over all other test conditions.


Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Time: 4:15-5:30PM

Place: Cordura Hall, room 100


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