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ESP Biography



CATHERINE HAVASI, ESP Teacher




Major: Not available.

College/Employer: MIT Media Lab

Year of Graduation: N/A

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Past Classes

  (Clicking a class title will bring you to the course's section of the corresponding course catalog)

C764: Common Sense Reasoning for Artificial Intelligence in Splash! Spring 2010
When people communicate with each other, their conversation relies on many basic, unspoken assumptions. We often learn the basis behind these assumptions long before we can write at all, making them difficult for computers to learn. These assumptions underlie all forms of human communication from teaching, to giving directions, to ordering dinner at a restaurant. A user who interacts with a computer interface, however, can become frustrated because the computer does not understand their goals and motivations. For human-computer interaction to become as fluent as communication between humans, computers need to be able to understand the user’s basic, unspoken assumptions. These assumptions form the body of knowledge known as “common sense” and we’ll be discussing how it is collected and used by the AI research community.


P765: Improv Workshop in Splash! Spring 2010
You’re the host of a party where everyone is spontaneously turning into chickens. You’re a film director with a time machine. You’re a row of dominoes contemplating their purpose in life. Act accordingly. In improv acting, you and a few other people are given an odd, open-ended situation, and together you act out a scene on the spot. If you’ve seen “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, you know the general idea. Improv is easier than you think! You don’t need any acting or improv experience. We’ll start with some games that get you thinking on your toes and building on each other’s creativity. You’d be surprised what kind of scenes you can create.


H768: Introduction to European Games in Splash! Spring 2010
Tired of Monopoly, Taboo and Trivial Pursuit? This class will introduce “European-style” board games, which range from monks in a monastery trying to solve a murder mystery to settling an island to building Arabian palaces. These games are social, fun and themed while still incorporating interesting strategy. We’ll explore several varieties of European games, including some specific examples, and examine sources for these games. This class will include, of course, a “games tasting” session, where we will break into groups and play (or begin to play) some of these games.


C371: Common Sense Reasoning for Artificial Intelligence in Splash! Spring 2009
When people communicate with each other, their conversation relies on many basic, unspoken assumptions. We often learn the basis behind these assumptions long before they can write at all, making the difficult for computers to learn. These assumptions underlie all forms of human communication from teaching, to giving directions, to ordering dinner at a restaurant. A user who interacts with a computer interface, however, can become frustrated because the computer does not understand their goals and motivations. For human-computer interaction to become as fluent as communication between humans, computers need to be able to understand the user’s basic, unspoken assumptions. These assumptions form the body of knowledge known as “common sense” and we’ll be discussing how it is collected and used by the AI research community.


P409: Actors' Workshop in Splash! Spring 2009
1: Actors' Workshop Catherine Havasi, Daniel Zaharopol Do you love acting, or want to get into it? Want to learn the basics and explore a few interesting parts? Or do you want to see how to make your roles more specific, how to add power and truth to the lines you utter? While we may not be able to answer every acting question, what we can do is create a supportive environment where we can all work on scenes and develop our skills with guidance from some experienced directors. We’ll talk about acting, the process that goes into it and how to improve. Together, we’ll work on some scenes: we’ll split up, each work on a role, and then present them to each other at the end. From this class, you’ll see some new perspectives on what goes into portraying a role convincingly, and you’ll also get to work on your acting skills in a focused but low-stress environment. If you’re new to acting, or if you’ve had years of experience, you are welcome here!


H410: Introduction to Designing Beaded Jewelery in Splash! Spring 2009
An introduction to this fun art form. We'll go over tools, material and techniques and then you'll get a chance to try things yourself. We'll be making a bracelet during this class for you to bring home with you.