Prof. Julie A Shah

Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Associate Dean, Social & Ethical Responsibilities of Computing, Schwarzman College

Primary DLC

Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

MIT Room: 31-245

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Autonomous Systems
Human-Robot Collaboration
AI Planning and Scheduling
Interactive Robotics for Aerospace, Medical, and Manufacturing

Recent Work

  • Video

    2021-Vienna-Julie-Shah

    March 24, 2021Conference Video Duration: 27:24
    Julie Shah
    Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Shah-Japan-1.22.202

    January 22, 2021Conference Video Duration: 21:13
    Julie Shah
    Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Julie Shah - 2019 RD Conference

    November 20, 2019Conference Video Duration: 39:45

    Enhancing Human Capability with Intelligent Machine Teammates

    Every team has top performers -- people who excel at working in a team to find the right solutions in complex, difficult situations. These top performers include nurses who run hospital floors, emergency response teams, air traffic controllers, and factory line supervisors. While they may outperform the most sophisticated optimization and scheduling algorithms, they cannot often tell us how they do it. Similarly, even when a machine can do the job better than most of us, it can’t explain how. In this talk I share recent work investigating effective ways to blend the unique decision-making strengths of humans and machines. I discuss the development of computational models that enable machines to efficiently infer the mental state of human teammates and thereby collaborate with people in richer, more flexible ways. Our studies demonstrate statistically significant improvements in people’s performance on military, healthcare and manufacturing tasks, when aided by intelligent machine teammates.

    2019 MIT Research and Development Conference