The Information Access & Interaction (IAI) research group is part of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Stavanger. We are developing technology for tomorrow’s search engine. Search engines are becoming a sort of AI that needs to give answers and to assist users in completing their tasks. We work with big data*. However, it is not just the scale of data that intrigues us. Users interact with systems and we can observe those interactions. Thus, IAI could also stand for “Interacting with Artificial Intelligence”—understanding how people and machine engage in conversations. Our research combines data-driven approaches with human-centered design.

* We really don’t like the over-hyped term and we try to avoid using it