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My guest this time is Charles Isbell, Jr., Professor and Senior Associate Dean in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Charles and I go back a bit… in fact he's the first AI researcher I ever met. His research focus is what he calls "interactive artificial intelligence," a discipline of AI focused specifically on the interactions between AIs and humans. We spend a good chunk of time in our interview exploring what this means and some of the interesting research results in this field. One part of this discussion I found particularly interesting was the intersection between his AI research and the related fields of marketing and behavioral economics.
Beyond his research, Charles is well known in the ML and AI worlds for his popular Machine Learning course sequence on Udacity, which he teaches with Brown University professor Michael Littman, and for the Online Master's of Science in Computer Science program that he helped launch at Georgia Tech. We also spend quite a bit of time talking about what's really missing in machine learning education and how to make it more accessible.