The Human and Machine Intelligence group is an interdisciplinary research group funded under the Humanities Informatics Lab The focus is on aspects of informatics that relate to knowledge, representation, learning, interpretation, and understanding. These concepts are being reshaped by progress in artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, neuroscience, and associated disciplines. The forum fosters interactions between the humanities and these areas to produce mutually beneficial links between the two. The group emphasizes both research and educational activities at the faculty and student levels.

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schedule (Fall 2019 – Spring 2021)

All meetings until further notice will be on Wednesdays 12:15 – 1:30 online. Access codes for individual meetings are available by contacting

spring 2021

date participants / speaker topic
February 3
Natasha Foutz (UVA Commerce), Meghanath Macha (College of Information Systems and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University) Prosocial Applications and Ethics of Location Big Data
February 10
 Madhav Marathe (UVA Biocomplexity Institute)  A Computational Theory of Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation
February 17
No session (reading day)
February 24
Yezhou Yang (Computer Science, Arizona State University) Visual Recognition beyond Appearances, and its Robotic Applications
March 3
Fiona Greenland (Sociology, UVA) and Michelle Fabiani (Homeland Security Program, Desales University) Automated Detection of Looters’ Pits in Archaeological Sites: Challenges in the Human-Machine Satellite Paradigm
March 10
Maya Ramani (Computer Science, UVA)

Rob Schwartz (Systems Engineering/Latin American Studies, UVA)

Can Patterns in Mystery Novels be Predicted?

User-Driven Re-Modeling of Social Media Applications

March 17
Allan Dafoe (Oxford FHI Centre for the Governance of AI)  Cooperative AI
March 24
 Ed Freeman and Bobby Parmar (Darden School of Business, UVA)  AI and Business Ethics
March 31
 John Danaher (NUI Galway) Automation, Work and Human Flourishing
April 7
 No session
April 14
Zac Irving, Elyse Oakley (Philosophy, UVA)

Yanjun Qi (Computer Science, UVA)


Philosophical Intuitions as Sampling

Evaluating Robustness of Natural Language Processing with Adversarial Examples

April 21
No session
April 28
Ajay Agrawal (UToronto Rotman) Artificial Intelligence, Scientific Discovery, and Commercial Innovation
May 12
 Justin Bullock (Texas A&M) Artificial Intelligence and Administrative Evil

fall 2020

date participants / speaker topic
Sept 2
 Bill Wilhelm (McIntire School of Commerce, UVA)  Human Judgment, Algorithms, and the Tension Between Economics and Ethics on Wall Street
Sep 9
 Humanities Informatics Lab Showcase Panel: Ashley Deeks (Law, UVA), Anton Korinek (Economics, UVA), Dan Spitzner (Statistics, UVA)  Predicting Enemies (Deeks), AI and the Future of Work (Korinek),  Socially-Inclusive Foundations of Statistics.(Spitzner)
Sep 16
 Bert Huang (CS, Tufts)  Surviving the Growing Data Cost of Machine Learning
Sep 23
 Vicente Ordonez (CS, UVA)  Face Recognition Technologies in the Wild: A Call for a Federal Office
Sep 30
 Tom Griffiths (Director, Computational Cognitive Science Lab, Princeton University)  Scaling Theory and Data for Decision-Making
Oct 7 12-1:30
 Joint session with the Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford.  AI and Economic Growth
Oct 14
 Joseph Kadane (Statistics, Carnegie-Mellon University)  Bayesian Epistemology
Oct 15 2-3:15
Joseph Kadane (Statistics, Carnegie-Mellon University)
Systemic Racism in the Administration of the Law: A Statistical View. (Round table discussion)
Oct 21
Katya Klinova (Partnership on AI , San Francisco)  AI and Shared Prosperity Initiative
Oct 28
 Johannes Lenhard (Philosophy/Laboratory of Engineering Thermodynamics,
University of Kaiserslautern, Germany)
 Prediction, Bayes, and Rationality
Nov 4
 Joint session with Partnership on AI, San Francisco


summer 2020

date participants / speaker topic
 Wed June 3  Christian McMillen (History, UVA)Judy Giering (Learning Design and Technology, UVA)Anton Korinek (Economics, UVA)  Panel and discussion on Post-Covid Universities
 Wed July 22  HMI online social
 Wed August 5  Debjani Ganguly (English/ Humanities Informatics Lab)  Pandemic Simulation and the Incalculability of the Real

fall 2019, spring 2020 previous semesters schedules

date participants / speaker topic
Wed 4 Sept Raf Alvarado (UVA Data Science Institute)[slides] Presentation on The Age of Surveillance Capitalism ( Joint session with the HIL Surveillance Group)
Wed 11 Sept Robin Hanson (Economics, George Mason University and Oxford Future of Humanity Institute)[slides] Where Does Automation Win, in the Short And Very Long Run?
Wed 18 Sept Greg Wheeler (Professor of Philosophy and Computer Science, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Director Centre for Human and Machine Intelligence)[slides] Prolegomenon to Machine Epistemology
Wed 25 Sept Juan Carlos Caicedo (Broad Institute, Cambridge Mass)[slides] Visual Recognition for Quantitative Biology
Wed Oct 2 Zac Irving (Philosophy) Beyond Importance: Exploration as an Attention Norm
Wed Oct 9 Haifeng Xu (Computer Science, UVA) The Complex Roles of Information in Strategic Interactions
 Wed Oct 9  (CS special lecture)10:30 a.m. Rice Hall 242Nicholas Weaver Researcher, ICSI Lecturer, CS, UC Berkeley  Reflecting on Internet Surveillance and Control
 Wed Oct 16  Deborah Hellman (Law, UVA)  Algorithmic Fairness
 Friday Oct 25 12:15-1:30 Wilson 142  Cameron Buckner (Philosophy, University of Houston)  The Comparative Psychology of Artificial Intelligences
 Wed Nov 6  Worthy Martin (CS/IATH UVA), Chip Levy (Neurosurgery UVA), Vicente Ordonez-Roman (CS), Cameron Buckner (Philosophy, University of Houston)  Panel + audience discussion on adversarial examples in AI
 Wed Nov 20  Paul Humphreys (Philosophy, UVA)  Some Thoughts About the Epistemic Dimensions of Contemporary AI and Data
 Wed Jan 22  Natasha Foutz (UVA Commerce School)  Applications of Machine Learning to Marketing Big Data.
 Wed Feb 5  Catherine Schuman (Oak Ridge National Lab)[slides]  Neuromorphic Computing and ML
 Wed Feb 12  John Basl (Philosophy, Northeastern University)  Computer Ethics
 Wed Feb 19  Jordan Rodu (UVA Statistics)[slides]  The Principled Prediction-Problem Ontology:When Black Box Algorithms Are (Not) Appropriate
 Wed Feb 26  John Chamberlin (Observatory Group)  AI, Financial Markets, and the Future of Work
 Wed Mar 4  Sarah Brayne (Sociology, UT Texas)  Data and Discretion in 21st-Century Policing
 Rest of Spring meetings cancelled due to COVID-19


Core Faculty

  • Paul Humphreys (Co-Director) [website]
  • Vicente Ordóñez Román (Co-Director) [website]
  • Rafael Alvarado (Data Science Institute) [website]
  • Jack Chen (East Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures) [website]

Associated Faculty

  • Kevin Driscoll (Media Studies) [website]
  • Brie Gertler (Philosophy) [website]
  • Fiona Greenland (Sociology) [website]
  • Zac Irving (Philosophy) [website]
  • Anton Korinek (Economics) [website]
  • Chip Levy (Neuroscience) [website]
  • Worthy Martin (Computer Science, IATH) [website]
  • Dan Spitzner (Statistics) [website]

Graduate Students

  • Nazim Adakli (Philosophy) [website]
  • Faraz Dadgostari (Systems Engineering)
  • Derek Lam (Philosophy) [website]
  • Andrei Marasoiu (Philosophy) [website]
  • Peter Tan (Philosophy) [website]
  • Tianlu (Evelyn) Wang (Computer Science) [website]
  • Ahmed Aly (Electrical and Computer Engineering)