Monday, December 09, 2019
12:00 PM
1400 Wegmans Hall
Tom Williams
Colorado School of Mines
Pierre Menard and the Mechanical Bull: Moral Dimensions of Robotic Natural Language Generation
In this talk, I will discuss the importance of morally sensitive language generation in human-robot interaction, and the constraints this places both on the types of algorithms suitable for robotic NLG and the ways in which those algorithms should be evaluated. My argument will leverage current algorithmic work in human-robot interaction; experimental findings from my laboratory; surprising theories from moral philosophy; and a fictional character from 1960s Argentine literature.

Tom Williams is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Colorado School of Mines, where he directs the Mines Interactive Robotics Research Lab. Prior to joining Mines, Tom earned a joint PhD in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from Tufts University in 2017. Tomís research focuses on enabling and understanding natural language based human-robot interaction. Tom is an upstate New York Native.