Arti Thakur

About me:

I am a Communication PhD student at the Department of Communication (UC Davis), advised by Prof. Martin Hilbert who has been a guiding light in acedamic development. Previously, I had the pleasure to worked with Dr. Juho Kim as fulltime research scientist for KIXLAB at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) for 2 years.

I am interested in understanding people's perception of AI agents around them . The work involves finding out the relationships between users behavior patterns and various factors such as preexisting biases, platform affordances, content, personal characteristics etc. Long term goal of my work is to enhance collaborative learning and meaningful engagement of humans with AI.

Keywords: #HCI #Communication #ComputationalSocialScience

Resume: link to my CV

Research Projects:

Extracting workplace personalities with Online and Physical Data(KIXLab) : We extract workplace personality holistically by using users online and offline behavior data. We argue that social behavior extracted at workplace(online and offline), are related to extraversion. more..

Understanding the role of AI in online content moderation and openness to dissimilar views : Online discussions on various platforms such as new article comment sections, on social media(e.g. Facebook, Twitter, reddit) often involve AI mediation. However, users' perception of AI interventions are not much investigated more..

Crowdsourcing techniques to find Contextual Emotion Labels in videos(KIXLab) : Dialog videos contain rich contextual, emotional, and intentional cues of the characters and their surroundings. In this project we aim to find a crowdsourcing technique to leverage these rich emotion labels. more..

Emotion Analysis through Context Understanding: We developed a "scenario based" approach that focuses on created such situation with dominant emotion, using a set of context information from sensor data. Verification of each scenario is done when application detect the scenario and asks user to tag his/her current prevailing emotion.


2004-2007: B.Sc.physics from Delhi University(India).

2008-20011: MCA(Master of computer application) from BIT, Mesra(India)

Work Experience:

Oct, 2011- March, 2015 : Software Developer, Samsung R&D, Noida, India

Nov, 2015- march 2016 : NCLab, School of computing, KAIST

Aug, 2017- current : KIXLab, School of computing, KAIST


Hindi, English, Korean-Beginner level.


I enjoy reading and writing short stories, sketching, and trying different foods. Apart from these I love travelling. Some of the countries I have travelled so far are South Korea, Vietnam, USA and Maldives.