April 19, 2013: Seminar announcement - Cristina Conati: "Learner Modeling for Open-Ended, Exploratory Activities"

Seminar Announcement

Learner Modeling for Open-Ended, Exploratory Activities

Cristina Conati
Friday, April 19, 2013
11:00 a.m., 1325 SEO Building


The field of Intelligent Tutoring system has successfully delivered techniques and systems to provide adaptive coaching and feedback for problem solving in variety of domains. There are, however, other educational activities that can help learners acquire the target skills and abilities at different stages of learning including, among others, exploring interactive simulations and playing educational games. Like for problem solving, learners can benefit from having individualized pedagogical support during these activities. However, providing this support rises unique challenges, because it requires modeling and responding to student behaviors and skills often not as structured and well-defined as those involved in traditional problem solving. This talk illustrate how we tackle these challenges with learner models based on formal methods for probabilistic reasoning and data mining


Alberto Maria Segre is Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department and Gerald P. Weeg Faculty Scholar in Informatics at the University of Iowa. He holds a B.A. in Music Theory and a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining the University of Iowa faculty in 1994, he served as an Assistant Professor at Cornell University. His research interests focus on distributed algorithms for discrete optimization problems, with emphasis on algorithmic problems in the biological and health sciences. Most recently, his work has focused on epidemiological simulation and modeling.

Host: Barbara Di Eugenio

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