​Jeeeun Kim is a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. Within the broad domain of technical HCI and design research, she develops novel methods and systems to make digital fabrication machines more intelligent. Her long term goal is to enable a collaborative Human-AI partnership in a creative process. She has published papers at top-tier HCI venues, including CHI, UIST, DIS, and TEI, and her research has been featured in media outlets across the world, including 9News, National Public Radio, New Scientist, Mashable, DailyMail (UK), Pink Giraffe (Russia), 3D Imprimalia (Spain), and more. Her works have been invited for exhibition and demo at numerous museums and design summits, including the Smithsonian Design Museum, the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Saudi Arabia), the Future of Storytelling Summit (NY), and multiple public libraries. She was named an EECS Rising Star in 2017 and is a recipient of the Adobe Ph.D. fellowship award.

Talk: Intelligent Digital Fabrication: Toward a Collaborative Partnership between Humans & Machines

Abstract: In recent decades, considerable advances have allowed more people to use fabrication machines (e.g., 3D Printing) to create objects. Instead of collaborating with humans to create a design, current fabrication machines, however, mostly follow humans’ commands to output a design. There are three main challenges: (1) humans can not use a fabrication machine to design personalized items, (2) fabrication machines cannot understand humans behaviors during the design process, and (3) fabrication machines are not intelligent to support individuals’ creative processes with many in-situ design decisions.

In this talk, I introduce my three threads of research to answer the overarching question: “How can Humans and AI form a collaborative partnership to design novel artifacts?” I investigate the intersections of HCI, fabrication, and intelligent systems to address these main challenges. I will present (1) interactive tools I built to allow people to design and fabricate custom objects (HCI-Fabrication), (2) studies I conducted to understand individuals’ design behaviors and algorithms I developed to map those behaviors to machine’s interpretation (HCI-Intelligent Systems), and (3) an intelligent 3D printing system I built that can seamlessly communicate with human designers via multiple channels (Fabrication-Intelligent Systems). I will conclude my talk with a vision of an intelligent fabrication agent who can detect and predict human behaviors in order to provide various types of assistance, such as guidance, recommendation, and teaching new skills towards the future of people and intelligent machines augmenting each other.