Over the years, a number of mathematical theories has been stated on how to reason in the presence of general principles, guidelines and rules of thumb, that can potentially conflict with each other. We have also seen a neat number of implementations, where these theories have formed the basis for computer software for decision support and such. One particular challenge, however, is for these systems to explain to the end user the correctness of their analysis. After all, the underlying theory is highly mathematical, and not necessarily clear to those not having a background in this kind of maths. My job is therefore to try to transform these theories into something normal people can understand. At the moment, I’m working on explanations that are based on interactive discussions between man and machine that are very similar to the kind of discussions people have with each other.
Hi! My name is Nava and I am interested in both how people and computers work. Sometimes I wonder which one of the two is the most complicated! Actually, I am really interested in making sure that computer programs make sense to people. Part of that is explaining computer processes to people in a way that is understandable. I am interested in what kind of things are important for each person to know about how the computer does things. It really depends on what they need the information for. Some bits of information are more important for one person than another, and things can be said in many different ways — but some ways are definitely easier to understand than others! Sometimes graphs are better than words too, so I will be doing studies with people to figure out the best ways to present information depending on who is using the system (and how they are going to use it).
If you want to learn more about the type of stuff I have worked on before, you can also visit my webpage. Stay posted and get to know the rest of the team over the next days and weeks! 🙂