Determining the Right Level of Intelligence

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Welcome to the second meetup of Design & AI!

This month we are excited to hear Mandi, Jen, and William present "Determining the Right Level of Intelligence".

This meetup will be at the 5th Floor of CIC - Boston, 50 Milk St. Please note that RSVPs will close the day before the event, so make sure to sign up before then!


6.30 - 7.00pm: Welcome and networking
7.00 - 8.00pm: Talks
8.00 - 9.00pm: Questions and mingling


Engineers and designers have incredible tools available for creating AI-powered applications, but how do you determine the right level of “intelligence” to apply to a problem? How much customization is needed? It’s tempting to go overboard! In this talk, you’ll learn strategies to help you go from a design sprint to building working interfaces.

Real-world examples will be drawn from a case study of designing and building a voice assistant for biological research laboratories. Currently, it can take decades for lifesaving drugs to come to market, and possible cures often slip by unnoticed because they are lost in mountains of data.


Mandi Cai is currently working as an interaction designer at BioBright, building tools to augment the scientist in the laboratory. Previously, she merged cognitive neuroscience and design during her studies as an undergraduate at Brown University. She finds AI to be silly, extremely daunting, fast-paced, and she reads the bot-generated Harry Potter chapter at least once a week.

Jen Weber is an engineer at BioBright where she builds apps for science. She specializes in rapid prototyping, project management, and voice transcription technology. She's a frequent contributor to Ember.js, which is an open source, front end JavaScript framework.

William Barry is a designer. He worked as a UI/UX/Graphic Designer at BioBright and helped lead the visual direction of their Darwin Voice Assistant. He is a part time student at Suffolk University’s New England School of Art and Design and is currently entering his final year. He enjoys hiking, camping, bowling, playing pool, putting on solo concerts while driving, and discussing hot button issues of the day.


How can we understand scientists and create the right “smart” tools to empower them? BioBright handles the data - making it searchable, machine learnable, and actionable in new ways.


We are pleased to have CIC - Boston as an in-kind sponsor of our event.