Bio

I'm a 4th Year PhD candidate in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Waterloo. I'm advised by Edith Law and Edward Lank. My research explores the design and development of systems that support the future of work with a focus on attentional guidance. In building these systems, I draw from human-computer interaction, human computation, cognitive science and psychology, and mixed-initiative 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

  • Jan 2019:
    I'm joining Microsoft Research's Knowledge Technologies and Intelligent Experiences team to work with Ryen White for Summer 2019.
  • Jan 2019:
    I passed my doctoral proposal examination, and I advanced to candidacy in my doctoral program!
  • Nov 2018:
    I discussed our position paper on next-generation vision of voiced-supported crowdwork at the Accessible Voice User Interfaces workshop @ CSCW2019.
  • 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'm joining Microsoft Research's Information and Data Sciences team to work with Ryen White, Shamsi Iqbal, and Adam Fourney for Summer 2018.
  • April 2018:
    Our work on SwitchBot, a conversational system for productivity, was mentioned in the news on ZDNet.

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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