Title: Behavior change using AI: Making an Impact in Online Collaborative Settings
Abstract: Advances in technologies and interface design are enabling group activities of varying complexities to be carried out, in whole or in part, over the internet, with benefits to science and society (e.g., citizen science, Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC) and questions-and-answers sites). The need to support human interaction in such settings brings new and significant challenges to AI; how to provide incentives that keep participants motivated and productive; how to provide useful, information to system designers to help them decide whether and how to intervene with the group's work; how to scientifically evaluate the effects of AI interventions on the performance of individuals and the group.
Gal is the recipient of the Wolf foundation's 2013 Krill prize for young Israeli scientists, a Marie Curie International fellowship, and a three-time recipient of Harvard University's outstanding teacher award. Together with his co-authors, he has won the best student paper at UMAP-19, the best paper at EC 2016, and the best student paper at EDM 2014.