Human Interaction and Collaboration with Machine Learning models

Wolftech & MediaFutures Joint Seminar with Hendrik Strobelt


20. May.

Time: 15:00 - 16:00


Organized by Wolftech and MediaFutures

The upcoming UnWined seminar at Wolftech will be in cooperation with MediaFutures. Hendrik Strobelt, the Explainability Lead at the MIT-IBM Watson AI lab, will give a technical talk, especially interesting for machine learning experts.

Title: Human Interaction and Collaboration with Machine Learning models

Abstract: With the increasing adoption of machine learning models across domains, we have to think about the human role when interacting with these models. In the last years, my collaborators and I have created a series of tools that utilize visualization and visual user interaction to help investigate behavior of machine learning models (for NLP and CV) and that might help creating algorithms to detect fake text. I will present a selection of these scientific tools that makes humans play and then understand.

Speaker Bio: Hendrik Strobelt is the Explainability Lead at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, Research Scientist at IBM Research, and currently professor at University of Konstanz. His recent research is on visualization for and human collaboration with AI models to foster explainability and intuition. His work involves NLP models and generative models while he is advocating to utilize a mix of data modalities to solve real-world problems. His research is applied to tasks in machine learning, in NLP, in the biomedical domain, and in chemistry. Hendrik joined IBM in 2017 after postdoctoral positions at Harvard SEAS and NYU Tandon. He received a Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) from the University of Konstanz in computer science (Visualization) and holds an MSc (Diplom) in computer science from TU Dresden. His work has been published at venues like IEEE VIS, ICLR, ACM Siggraph, ACL, NeurIPS, ICCV, PNAS, Nature BME, or Science Advances. He received multiple best paper/honorable mention awards at EuroVis, BioVis, VAST, ACL Demo, or NeurIPS demo. He received the Lohrmann medal from TU Dresden as the highest student honor. Hendrik has served in program committees and organization committees for IEEE VIS, BioVis, EuroVis. He served on organization committees for IEEE VIS, VISxAI, ICLR, ICML, NeurIPS. Hendrik is visiting researcher at MIT CSAIL. (more:

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