The aim of the project is to investigate both the theoretical and empirical roles of agency in successful human-computer partnerships. For human-centred AI research, the understanding of agency is a key factor in achieving effective collaboration. Although recent advances in AI have enabled systems to successfully contribute to human-computer interaction, we are interested in extending this such that the interaction acts more like a ‘partnership’. This requires building systems with collaborative agency that users can manipulate in the process. Research questions include: 1) identifying which parameters are relevant to the description of the system agency, 2) what impact these parameters have on the perceived agency and 3) how to modify them in order to achieve different roles of systems in a process.


Theoretical: Literature review on agency / research paper / define parameters

Empirical: Demo (paper, video, interactive)

Project Partners:

  • Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies du numérique (INRIA), Janin Koch
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), Albrecht Schmidt
  • Københavns Universitet (UCPH), Kasper Hornbaek
  • Stichting VU, Koen Hindriks
  • Umeå University (UMU), Helena Lindgren

Primary Contact: Janin Koch, Inria