Bio

I'm a 4th Year PhD student in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Waterloo. I'm advised by Edith Law and Ed Lank. My research explores the design and devevelopment of systems that support the future of work with a focus on cognitive augmentation. My work draws from crowdsourcing, cognitive psychology, mixed-initiative systems, and human-robot interaction.

In the past, I've held research internships at both Microsoft Research and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Before joining Waterloo, I was a research scientist in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford.


News

  • Sep 2018:
    Maura Grossman and I started teaching our annual AI, Law, and Ethics course between Osgoode Law School and the Cheriton School of Computer Science.
  • Aug 2018:
    Our paper, Creating Better Action Plans for Writing Tasks via Vocabulary-Based Planning, was accepted to CSCW2018.
  • May 2018:
    I started my second internship at Microsoft Research with Ryen White, Shamsi Iqbal, and Adam Fourney.
  • April 2018:
    Our work on SwitchBot, a conversational system for productivity, was mentioned in the news on ZDNet.
  • Jan 2018:
    Our paper, Supporting Workplace Detachment and Reattachment using Conversational Intelligence, was accepted to CHI2018.
  • Nov 2017:
    Our paper, Seeing Sound: Investigating the Effects of Visualizations and Complexity on Crowdsourced Audio Annotations, was accepted to CSCW 2018.

Selected Publications

Creating Better Action Plans for Writing Tasks via Vocabulary-Based Planning. H. Kaur, A.C. Williams, A. Loomis Thompson, W. Lasecki, S. Iqbal, J. Teevan. (2018). Proceedings of the 22nd ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing.

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Supporting Workplace Detachment and Reattachment using Conversational Intelligence. A.C. Williams, H. Kaur, G. Mark, A. Loomis Thompson, S. Iqbal, J. Teevan. (2018). Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

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CrowdCurio: an online crowdsourcing platform to facilitate climate change studies using herbarium specimens. C.G. Willis, E. Law, A.C. Williams, B. Franzone, R. Bernardos, L. Bruno, C. Hopkins, C. Schorn, E. Weber, D. Park, C.Davis. (2017). New Phytologist. 215.1 (2017): 479-488.

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Seeing Sound: Investigating the Effects of Visualizations and Complexity on Crowdsourced Audio Annotations. M. Cartwright, A. Seals, J. Salamon, A.C. Williams, S. Mikloska, D. Macconnell, E. Law, J.P. Bello, O. Nov. (2017). Proceedings of the 22nd ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing.

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Deja Vu: Characterizing Worker Reliability Using Task Consistency. A.C. Williams, J. Goh, C.G. Willis, A.M. Ellison, J.H. Brusuelas, C. Davis, E. Law. (2017). Proceedings of the Fifth AAAI Conference on Human Computation.

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Crowdsourcing as a Tool for Research: Implications of Uncertaincy. E. Law, K.Z. Gajos, A. Wiggins, M.L. Gray, and A. Williams. (2016). Proceedings of the 20th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing.

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Ensemble: A Hybrid Human-Machine System for Generating Melody Scores from Audio. T. Tse, J. Salamon, A. Williams, H. Jiang and E. Law. (2016). Proceedings of the 17th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference.

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