KAIST Spring 2021

CS492E: Human-AI Interaction

Humans and AI are more closely interacting than ever before, in all areas of our work, education, and life. As more intelligent machines are entering our lives, their accuracy and performance are not the only important factor that matters. As designers of such technology, we have to carefully consider the user experience of AI in order for AI to be of practical value. In this course, we will explore various dimensions of human-AI interaction, including ethics, explainability, design process involving AI, visualization, human-AI collaboration, recommender systems, and a few notable application areas.

A side goal of this course is to encourage all of us to bridge the gap between the two fields of HCI and AI. As a step toward this vision, we want to encourage students with HCI and AI background to mingle, interact, discuss, and collaborate through this course. We expect most students taking this course to have background knowledge in either HCI or AI through at least intro-level coursework. If you’re unsure if you meet this criterion, please contact the course staff immediately. Having background in both is great, although not required.

This is a highly interactive class: You’ll be expected to actively participate in activities, projects, assignments, and discussions. There will be no lectures or exams. Major course activities include:

  • Reading Response: You'll read and discuss important papers and articles in the field. Each week, there will be 1-2 reading assignments, for which you'll write a short response.
  • Assignments: You'll design, implement, and analyze a few human-AI interaction scenarios.
  • In-class Activities: Each class will feature activities that will help you experience and practice the core concepts introduced in the course.

Course Staff

Instructors: Prof. Jean Young Song & Prof. Juho Kim
    Office Hours: by appointment

TA: Hyungyu Shin
    Office Hours: by appointment

Staff Mailing List: human-ai@kixlab.org

Time & Location

When: 2:30-3:45pm Tue/Thu
Where: Zoom live sessions (As active participation in in-class activity, discussion, and presentation is expected, attending live sessions is required.)


Course Website: https://human-ai.kixlab.org/
Submission & Grading: KLMS
Discussion and Q&A: Campuswire
Reading Groups: Assignment Spreadsheet


  • 3/16: Assignment 1: Detecting and Mitigating Bias is out. Due: 3/30.
  • 3/5: Reading groups are announced.
  • 3/2: Complete the course sign-up form. Due: 11:59pm on 3/9 (Tue)
  • 3/1: First class instructions with the class Zoom link are emailed to all students who registered. Please contact course staff if you haven't received the email.
  • 1/8: Welcome to the Human-AI Interaction class!


Week Date Instructor Topic Reading (response indicates a reading response is required for the material.) Due
1 3/2 Kim Introduction & Course Overview
1 3/4 Kim A Quick Tour of Human-AI Interaction (1) Licklider, Joseph CR. "Man-computer symbiosis." IRE transactions on human factors in electronics 1 (1960): 4-11.
(2) Shyam Sankar. The Rise of Human Computer Cooperation. TED Talk Video, 2012 (12 mins).
2 3/9 Song Primer on AI (Part 1) (1) response Lubars, Brian, and Chenhao Tan. "Ask not what AI can do, but what AI should do: Towards a framework of task delegability." In Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems, pp. 57-67. 2019.
(2) Ashish Vaswani, Noam Shazeer, Niki Parmar, Jakob Uszkoreit, Llion Jones, Aidan N. Gomez, Łukasz Kaiser, and Illia Polosukhin. "Attention is all you need." In Proceedings of the 31st International Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS'17). pp. 6000–6010. 2017.
RR by all
2 3/11 Song Primer on AI (Part 2) | Tutorial (1) response Xu, Anbang, Zhe Liu, Yufan Guo, Vibha Sinha, and Rama Akkiraju. "A new chatbot for customer service on social media." In Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 3506-3510. 2017.
(2) Nityesh Agarwal. "Getting started with reading Deep Learning Research papers: The Why and the How", a blog post at Towards Data Science (2018).
RR by A
3 3/16 Kim Primer on HCI (Part 1) | Tutorial (1) response Amershi, Saleema, et al. "Guidelines for human-AI interaction." Proceedings of the 2019 chi conference on human factors in computing systems. 2019.
(2) Google PAIR. People + AI Guidebook. Published May 8, 2019.
RR by B
Assignment #1 announced
3 3/18 Kim Primer on HCI (Part 2) | Tutorial (1) response Shneiderman, B., "Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence: Reliable, Safe & Trustworthy." International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction 36, 6, 495-504. 2020.
(2) Henriette Cramer and Juho Kim. "Confronting the tensions where UX meets AI." interactions 26.6 (2019): 69-71.
RR by A
4 3/23 Kim Ethics and FAccT of AI (Part 1) (1) response Davidson, Thomas, Debasmita Bhattacharya, and Ingmar Weber. "Racial bias in hate speech and abusive language detection datasets." arXiv preprint arXiv:1905.12516 (2019).
(2) Bolukbasi, Tolga, et al. "Man is to computer programmer as woman is to homemaker? debiasing word embeddings." Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems. 2016.
RR by B
4 3/25 Kim Ethics and FAccT of AI (Part 2) (1) response Timnit Gebru. "Computer vision in practice: who is benefiting and who is being harmed?" (video, 51 mins) Slides
(2) Kate Crawford and Trevor Paglen, “Excavating AI: The Politics of Training Sets for Machine Learning" (September 19, 2019)
RR by A
5 3/30 Song Historical Perspectives on Human-AI Interaction (1) response Horvitz, Eric. "Principles of mixed-initiative user interfaces." In Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 159-166. 1999.
(2) Ben Schneiderman and Pattie Maes. "Direct Manipulation vs. Interface Agents". Interactions 1997.
RR by B
Assignment #1 DUE
5 4/1 Song Metrics to Measure Human-AI Performance (1) response Gagan Bansal, Besmira Nushi, Ece Kamar, et al. "Beyond accuracy: The role of mental models in human-AI team performance." In Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing. 2019.
(2) Matthew Kay, Shwetak N. Patel, and Julie A. Kientz. "How good is 85%? A survey tool to connect classifier evaluation to acceptability of accuracy." In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. 2015.
RR by A
6 4/6 Song Interpretable and Explainable AI (Part 1) (1) response Marco Tulio Ribeiro, Sameer Singh, and Carlos Guestrin. ""Why should I trust you?" Explaining the predictions of any classifier." In Proceedings of the 22nd ACM SIGKDD international conference on knowledge discovery and data mining. 2016.
(2) Zachary C. Lipton. "The mythos of model interpretability." 2018.
RR by B
6 4/8 Song Interpretable and Explainable AI (Part 2) (1) response Daniel S. Weld, and Gagan Bansal. "The challenge of crafting intelligible intelligence." Communications of the ACM. 2019.
(2) Alison Smith-Renner, Ron Fan, Melissa Birchfield, et al. "No Explainability without Accountability: An Empirical Study of Explanations and Feedback in Interactive ML." In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. 2020.
RR by A
7 4/13 Kim AI and Crowds (1) response Jennifer Wortman Vaughan. 2018. Making Better Use of the Crowd: How Crowdsourcing Can Advance Machine Learning Research. Journal of Machine Learning Research 18, 193: 1–46.
*** Instructor note: the sections 3 and 5 could be skimmed.
(2) Aniket Kittur, Jeffrey V. Nickerson, Michael Bernstein, et al. The Future of Crowd Work. In Proceedings of the 2013 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW '13), 1301–1318. 2018.
RR by B
7 4/15 Both Project proposal feedback Assignment #2 announced
8 4/20 No class (Midterms week)
8 4/22 No class (Midterms week)
9 4/27 Kim AI Design Process (1) response Mitchell, Margaret, et al. "Model cards for model reporting." Proceedings of the conference on fairness, accountability, and transparency. 2019.
(2) Sculley, David, et al. "Hidden technical debt in machine learning systems." Advances in neural information processing systems. 2015.
RR by A
9 4/29 Song InfoViz and Data Visualization (1) response Kay, Matthew, Tara Kola, Jessica R. Hullman, and Sean A. Munson. When (ish) is my bus? user-centered visualizations of uncertainty in everyday, mobile predictive systems. In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2016.
(2) Amershi, Saleema, Max Chickering, Steven M. Drucker, Bongshin Lee, Patrice Simard, and Jina Suh. Modeltracker: Redesigning performance analysis tools for machine learning. In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2015.
RR by B
10 5/4
10 5/6 Assignment #2 DUE
11 5/11
11 5/13
12 5/18
12 5/20
13 5/25
13 5/27
14 6/1
14 6/3
15 6/8
15 6/10
16 6/15
16 6/17

Topics (tentative)

Major topics include: Ethics and FAccT in Machine Learning, Metrics to Measure HAI Performance, AI Design Process, Interpretable and Explainable AI, InfoViz and Data Visualization, Recommender Systems, and Human-AI Collaboration


  • Design project: 30%
  • Reading responses: 30%
  • Assignments: 30%
  • Class participation: 10%
Late policy: No late submissions are allowed for the reading responses. For assignments and project milestones, you'll lose 10% for each late day. Submissions will be accepted until three days after the deadline.


You need to have at least introduction course-level knowledge in either HCI (e.g., CS374, CS473) or AI (e.g., CS470, CS376). If you're unsure whether you quality, please contact course staff.