Malihe Alikhani Receives Honorable Mention and Best Paper Award

 SCI Assistant Professor Malihe Alikhani recently received an honorable mention for a presentation as well as a best paper award.

She received an honorable mention for her presentation titled “Towards Designing Enthusiastic AI Agents” at the 21st ACM International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents. The paper, co-authored by CMU PhD student and Stella AI founder Carla Viegas, discusses the importance of including enthusiasm in human-AI interaction designs, as well as the opportunities and the challenges that need to be addressed to model enthusiasm in virtual agents.

Alikhani also received a best short paper award for "Examining Covert Gender Bias: A Case Study in Turkish and English Machine Translation Models” at the 14th International Conference on Natural Language Generation. The paper’s co-authors, Chloe Ciora and Nur Iren, are both undergraduate students at Pitt. The paper came out of a course project for “AI for Good: Ethics and Implications” during the Spring 2021 semester, which Alikhani taught.

Please join us in congratulating Malihe on these achievements!