IntCDC Constructive Conversations. Introducing Intelligent Monitoring Interfaces

June 14, 2024, 10:00 a.m. (CEST)

Melanie Tory (Northeastern University, USA)


Time: June 14, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
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We are very excited to welcome Melanie Tory, Director of Human Data Interaction Research at the Roux Institute in Portland, Maine, to our upcoming Constructive Conversations event on Friday, 14 June 2024 from 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Melanie Tory will give a lecture on “Introducing Intelligent Monitoring Interfaces”.

The event will take place digitally and in person.


Introducing Intelligent Monitoring Interfaces


Melanie Tory
Director of Human Data Interaction Research at the Roux Institute in Portland, Maine


14 June 2024  |   10:00-11:30 a.m.


Room 00.012  |  VISUS, Allmandring 19, Campus Vaihingen, University of Stuttgart


This lecture is part of the AdvanceAEC partner seminar series. Please register or log in to access the event credentials.



We are rapidly entering an era in which human-centered Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems will play an increasing role in making time and safety critical decisions that impact lives. People and machines will jointly monitor data streams to make data-driven decisions as a team. AI systems will monitor real-time data feeds about patients, predict critical events like heart failure, and make recommendations about how caregivers could intervene. Systems will monitor environmental conditions such as air and water quality, alerting authorities to problems before they harm human health. AI will monitor factories, making recommendations to increase efficiency and resilience, and humans will monitor and cooperate with robots in a collaborative manufacturing process. Revolutionary changes to cyber-human data monitoring systems have the potential to profoundly transform the ways people work. Well-designed systems will reduce cognitive burden and the need for constant human vigilance, empowering people to focus on strategic decisions. People will come to expect computing systems to be proactive and cooperative partners in monitoring time and safety critical situations, rather than reactive alarm generators. Monitoring is challenging from both human and system perspectives because of the streaming data and the ongoing nature of the activity. From a human perspective, there is tension between the desire for monitoring to be a peripheral task and the need for rapid intervention in response to critical events. In this talk, I will introduce the notion of the Intelligent Monitoring Interfaces needed to solve the data monitoring challenge and early steps our lab is taking towards this vision, employing visualization tools designed for situated contexts and human-AI collaboration.

Melanie Tory

Professor Melanie Tory is Director of Human Data Interaction Research at the Roux Institute in Portland, Northeastern University, Maine. She is also a Professor of Practice at Northeastern, with appointments in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences and the College of Arts, Media and Design.

Prior to joining Northeastern and the Roux Institute, Tory worked at Tableau Software, an interactive data visualisation software company. Her work there focused on enabling natural language interaction through visualisations, and on how people use analytics and business intelligence tools within organisations. Tory also served for nine years on the computer science faculty at the University of Victoria.

She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University and a B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia. She is an associate editor of several visualisation journals and has served on the steering committee of the IEEE VIS conference.


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