Honorable Mention - Boon-Kiat Quek

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Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Computer Science and Department of Psychology

Inferences about people's likely characteristics and behavior are often made by extrapolating whatever little is known about them (e.g., that a quiet person is shy, or a talkative person likes parties), and these inferences help guide our interactions with other people. This image is a visualization of correlational relationships between numerous observed psychological constructs such as personality traits, behaviors, values, goals, and emotions. These relationships provide a basis of knowledge for models that emulate how people generate and exploit implicit personality theories in social interactions. These models are being used to make human-machine interaction more natural in socially intelligent systems.