People

Leadership

Heng Ji, Director of <a href="https://aice.illinois.edu/">Amazon-Illinois Center on AI for Interactive Conversational Experiences</a> (AICE)

Heng Ji
Director
Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

 

Rajiv Dhawan
Principal Program Manager
Amazon

Vincent Ponzo

Vincent Ponzo
Project Manager
Amazon

Ruhi Sarikaya

Ruhi Sarikaya
Vice President
Amazon

Andrea Whitesell

Andrea Whitesell
Center Alliance Manager

Office of the Associate Dean for Research (ADR), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Advisory Board

Julia Hockenmaier
Advisory Board Member
Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Derek Hoiem
Advisory Board Member
Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Angeliki Metallinou Advisory Board Member
Amazon

 Pradeep Natarajan

Pradeep Natarajan Advisory Board Member
Amazon

 Lav Varshney

Lav Varshney
Advisory Board Member
Coordinated Science Lab, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Funded Projects

Gagandeep Singh
Funded Project
Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Proposal
Efficient Fairness Certification of Large Language Models

Volodymyr Kindratenko
Funded Project
Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Proposal
From Personalized Education to Scientific Discovery with AI: Rapid Deployment of AI Domain Experts

Han Zhao
Funded Project

Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Proposal
Responsible Conversational AI: Monitoring and Improving Safe Foundation Models

 

Yunzhu Li
Funded Project

Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Proposal
Actionable Conversational AI via Language-Grounded Dynamic Neural Fields

 

Shenlong Wang
Funded Project
Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Proposal
Integrating Spatial Perception into Conversational AI for Real-World Task Assistance

Amazon Fellows

Kung-Hsiang (Steeve) Huang
Amazon Fellow
Graduate student 
Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Area of Research
Data and efficient learning for conversational AI applications

Thesis Advisor
Heng Ji

Ming Zhong
Amazon Fellow
Graduate student 
Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Area of Research
Data and efficient learning for conversational AI applications

Thesis Advisor
Jiawei Han