COSC494/594: Human-AI Interaction

Course Time: T/R @ 4:30-5:45
CRN: 21782, Term: Spring 2021

Instructor: Dr. Alex Williams.
Office Hours: Mon/Wed 9:00-11:00am (Reserve online)
Teaching Assistant: Zhuohang Li (
Office Hours: By appointment (Book via e-mail.)

OverviewScheduleReferencesOffice HoursTeam Project


Human-AI Interaction is an interdisciplinary area of computing concerned with interactivity in intelligent systems. This course serves as an introduction to the design and development of human-centered AI systems. Topics covered include machine intelligence, recommender systems, personalization and adaptivity, rationality and decision-making, agency and intiative, trust and transparency, anthropomorphism, human-computer interaction, interfaces and interaction design, GUIs, CUIs, mixed-initiative interaction, and human-AI teaming.


Note: This schedule is subject to change.

Quick Links for Canvas: COSC494 // COSC594

1Jan 21Introduction
2Jan 26Python Tutorial
Jan 28Recommender Systems
3Feb 2Team Project: IntroTP: M1 Released
Feb 4Intelligent InterfacesP1 Released
4Feb 9Team Discussions
Feb 11Architectures and Data
5Feb 16Team DiscussionsP1 Due
Feb 18Machine Intelligence
6Feb 23Team PresentationsTP: M1 Due
Feb 25HCI and Mental ModelsTP: M2 Released
7Mar 2Team Discussions
Mar 4Evaluation Methods
8Mar 9Team DiscussionsTP: M3/M4 Released
Mar 11Failure, Feedback, and TrustP2 Due
9Mar 16Team PresentationsTP: M2 Due
Mar 18Prototyping and LanguageP3 Released
10Mar 23Team Discussions
Mar 25Anthropomorphism
11Mar 30Team Discussions
Apr 1Decisions and InitiativeP3 Due
12Apr 6Team PresentationsTP: M3 Due
Apr 8Human-in-the-Loop Systems
13Apr 13Agents, Games, and the WebP4 Released
Apr 15 Black Mirror DayHW1 Released
14Apr 20[ Team Project Time ] (No Class)
Apr 22The Future of HAI
15Apr 27Final PresentationsTP: M4 Due


This course will make periodic reference to the following references and textbooks.

Primary Textbook References (All Optional)

Publicly-Available Textbook References