Alexandra (Ola) Zytek

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Machine learning algorithms are becoming increasingly powerful - but how can we extend their benefits to a diverse set of real-world domains? Models continue to be black-boxes that confuse and concern users, and using them can be a difficult and complicated process. 

My research aims to bridge the gap between algorithms and humans through collaborations with end-users and development of software systems and interfaces. Through these methods, ML applications can better support the nuances of real-world domains and users.

I am a PhD student at MIT, working in the Data to AI Lab under the supervision of Kalyan Veeramachaneni.  



tutorial - documentationgithub - paper

Python library for low-code generation of ML explanations that are readily understood by users, even those without ML expertise.



Generalizable REST API for readily-understandable explainable ML.


demo - github - paper 1 - paper 2

Customizable front-end UI for bringing explainable ML into real-world domains.



Experiments in using LLMs for more natural, usable ML explanations and interactions.

Selected Publications

Google Scholar

Zytek, A., Wang, W. E., Koukoura, S., & Veeramachaneni, K. (2023). Lessons from Usable ML Deployments Applied to Wind Turbine Monitoring. In NeurIPS XAIA.

Zytek, A., Pido, S., Veeramachaneni, K. (2024). LLMs for XAI: Future Directions for Explaining Explanations. To be presented in ACM CHI HCXAI.

Zytek, A., Arnaldo, I., Liu, D., Berti-Equille, L., & Veeramachaneni, K. (2022). The Need for Interpretable Features: Motivation and Taxonomy. In KDD Explorations.

Zytek, A., Liu, D., Vaithianathan, R., & Veeramachaneni, K. (2021). Sibyl: Understanding and Addressing the Usability Challenges of Machine Learning In High-Stakes Decision Making. In IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (VIS).

Cheng, F., Liu, D., Du, F., Lin, Y., Zytek, A., Li, H., Qu, H. & Veeramachaneni, K. (2021). VBridge: Connecting the Dots Between Features, Explanations, and Data for Healthcare Models. In IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (VIS). Honorable Mention.


Zytek, A. (2021). Towards Usable Machine Learning (S.M. thesis, MIT).



zyteka at mit dot edu


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