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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

September 17 2014
Stephen Casner's work highlighted in the New Yorker

ISP Alumni, Stephen Casner's work on "Cockpit Automation" has been covered by the New Yorker in the article titled "The Hazards of Going on Autopilot" written by Maria Konnikova. You can read the article here.

Dr. Casner graduated from the Intelligent Systems Program with a PhD degree in 1990. He has been working since then to make flying safer by studying the human-computer interaction in the cockpit.

August 27 2014
Inaugural edition of the ISP's yearly newsletter

The first edition of our yearly newsletter is here. It has updates on ISP's research, people, activities, and accomplishments during the past year. Click here to read.

July 07 2014
Yun Huang's paper nominated for best paper award at EDM'14

Our paper on FAST student modeling for Java programming domain was nominated for best paper award at the 7th International Conference on Educational Data Mining (EDM 2014). You can access the proceedings here.

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