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September 04 2015
Professor Diane Litman has been elected to a 3-year term as Councilor of the AAAI

The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) is a nonprofit scientific society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines.[August 2015]

June 15 2015
Facebook account of Intelligent Systems Program

Thanks to Shaghayegh Sahebi and Gaurav Trivedi, we have created our ISP facebook account. We try to improve our internal communications and promote our program using this tool!

 We have three accounts: one facebook account, one facebook page and one facebook closed group. The first two are public and the last one is only for ISP current student, alumni, faculty and staff.

1. facebook account: Pitt Isp

ISPer can use this account to communicate their research, study and daily life.

2. facebook page: Intelligent Systems Program at University of Pittsburgh

We will share ISP official news on this page, so please DO NOT post on this page, but welcome to comment.

3. facebook closed group: ISP@UPITT

This is a closed group for ISP current students, alumni, ISP faculty and staff. We will discuss job opportunities, research opportunities, share research resources, job interview experience in it.

Please add our account as your friend, share your research and daily life on it; join our closed group, share your study or work experience; invite friends to like our facebook page, so more and more people know our program.

March 02 2015
Mahdi Pakdaman and Jaromir Savelka are our Andrew Mellon Fellows for 2015-16

Two ISP graduate students Mahdi Pakdaman and Jaromir Savelka were awarded the Andrew Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship for the 2015-2016 academic year. This is a very competitive fellowship. Congratulations to Mahdi and Jaromir!

February 02 2015
Lingjia Deng and Mohammad Falakmasir are our Andrew Mellon Fellows for 2014-15

Two ISP graduate students Lingjia Deng and Mohammad Falakmasir, were awarded the Andrew Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year. This is a very competitive fellowship. Congratulations to Lingjia and Mohammad!

January 24 2015
Dr. Wiebe to be a keynote speaker at the Canadian Conference on Artificial Intelligence

ISP Director Jan Wiebe will be a keynote speaker for the 28th Canadian Conference on Artificial Intelligence to be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia from June 2-5, 2015. She will be presenting her work on designing an NLP framework for interpreting implicit and explicit opinions in text and dialog. For more details, click here.

January 24 2015
Jan Wiebe elected to the Dietrich School Nominating Committee and the University Senate

Congratulattions to ISP Director Jan Wiebe on being elected to the Dietrich School Nominating Committee and the University Senate.

December 12 2014
Dr. Yu-Ru Lin's work covered by Pitt News Services

ISP Faculty, Dr. Yu-Ru Lin's work on "Understanding How Emotions Ripple After Terrorist Acts" has been featured in the Pitt News Services. It covers her joint work with Dr. Drew Margolin on how twitter reacted to the Boston bombings. You can read the full article here.

October 22 2014
Pitt to lead Big Data Center (Greg Cooper, Center Director) with $11 million NIH grant

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the University of Pittsburgh an $11 million, four-year grant to lead a Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Center of Excellence, an initiative that will help biomedical scientists capitalize more fully on large amounts of available data and to make data science a more prominent component of biomedical research. The Center for Causal Modeling and Discovery (CCMD) is a collaboration of researchers at Pitt, Carnegie Mellon University, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, and Yale University. The Center will develop and implement causal modeling and discovery algorithms to help address several key biomedical problems, including the discovery of cell signals that drive the development of cancer, the molecular basis for the onset and progression of several lung diseases, and the functional connections within the human brain.  Dr. Gregory Cooper is the Center Director and an ISP faculty member, as are several other CCMD investigators. Additional information is available at

September 22 2014
Roya Hosseini and Peter Brusilovsky win the best paper award at EC-TEL '14

Our paper on Mastery Grids: An Open Source Social Educational Progress Visualization won the best paper award at the 9th European Conference On Technology Enhanced Leaning (EC-TEL 2014). More details available here on the EC-TEL's news page.

September 17 2014
Diane Litman's paper selected as the ISCA best paper (2011-2013)

ISP faculty, Diane Litman's joint work with Katherine Forbes-Riley has been awarded the ISCA Best Paper Published in Speech Communication (2011-2013). The paper was selected by the Speech Communication editorial board under the coordination of Bernd Möbius, Editor-in-Chief and can be found under the following title:

Forbes-Riley, K. and Litman, D. Benefits and challenges of real-time uncertainty detection and adaptation in a spoken dialogue computer tutor. Speech Communication, vol 53, issue 9, pages 1115-1136, 2011

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