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June 16 2014
ISP at Inteligent Tutoring Systems (ITS '14) Conference

The International conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) is one of the pioneer conferences in the field of tutoring and educational systems. This year, the 12th ITS was held in Oahu, Hawaii. Intelligent Tutoring Systems is one of the major fields of research at ISP and many students, faculty and affiliates participated in ITS 2014.

ISP at ITS'14

Two faculty members, five current students, and eight ISP alumni presented their work at ITS this year.

February 27 2014
Two ISP faculties, Diane Litman and Rosta Farzan, have won Google research awards.

ISP Faculties, Diane Litman and Rosta Farzan, have won Google research awards 2014 for the projects "Peer Review Search & Analytics in MOOCs via Natural Language Processing" and "Hyperlocal online communities as third places" respectively. For more information click here.

November 23 2013
Brusilovsky Honored With Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grants

Peter Brusilovsky Professor at the ISP and iSchool is one of the four University of Pittsburgh faculty members who have been selected for 2013-14 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar grants. Administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is the flagship international educational exchange effort sponsored by the U.S. government.
Brusilovsky is focusing his Fulbright research on creating online learning tools for teaching computer and information sciences. He is working with research teams at three Finnish institutions—Aalto University, Helsinki University, and the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology. He is conducting the first of two Fulbright research sessions through the end of November 2013; the second session will take place from April to June 2014. For more information click here.

September 30 2013
Phillip Walker won the HFES CSTG Best Paper Award

Congratulations to Phillip Walker who just won Best Paper award for the paper "Different Levels of Automation for Human Influence of Robot Swarms" in 2013 International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. One more best paper award for a good collection assembled by ISP students at top conferences!

July 14 2013
Mohammad Falakmasir won EDM 2013 Best Student Paper Award

Congratulations to Mohammad Hassan Falakmasir who just won EDM 2013 Best Student Paper award for the paper "A Spectral Learning Approach to Knowledge Tracing"
One more best student paper award for  a good collection assembled by ISP students at top conferences! Paper details here.

June 17 2013
Brusilovsky wins Army Contract to develop social personalized learning architecture

Peter Brusilovsky, Professor at the ISP and iSchool, has been awarded a contract by the United States Army Contracting Command to participate in the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative. Brusilovsky’ s contract, for $623,005 over a three-year period, will support his work on the architecture, algorithms, and interfaces for a Personal Assistant for Learning (PAL), one of the major endeavors undertaken by the ADL Initiative. Through a PAL, the Initiative will provide state of the art education and training -- using technology and innovative learning methodologies -- for workforce members in the Department of Defense and the federal government. Specifically, Brusilovsky will explore the benefits of open social learner modeling and adaptive navigation support to PAL users; he will then develop the infrastructure and algorithms necessary to implement social personalized learning over multiple domains as part of the ADL. This project leverages Brusilovsky’s vast experience in adaptive navigation, personalized learning, e-learning, and visualization tools and interfaces. For more information click here.

June 13 2013
Matthew Stokes is selected to participate in the NHGRI Advances in Genomics Research Summer Program

 Matthew Stokes is recently selected to participate in the NHGRI Advances in Genomics Research Summer Program, which is a fully-funded, week-long program held at the NIH.


March 05 2013
Yuriy Sverchkov and Phillip Walker awarded the Andrew Mellon Fellowship

Two ISP graduate students, Yuriy Sverchkov and Phillip Walker, were awarded the Andrew Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship for the 2013-2014 academic year.  This is a very competitive fellowship. Congratulations to Yuriy and Phillip!

February 21 2013
Distinguished Lecturer Shrikanth (Shri) Narayanan coming to ISP

Shri Narayanan is Andrew J. Verbi Professor of Engineering at USC where he is Professor of Electrical Engineering, and, jointly in, Computer Science, Linguistics and Psychology.  He will be speaking to the AI community on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 12:30pm.  His research focuses on human-centered infromation processing and communication technologies.  His presentation on April 12th, Behavioral Signal Processing:  Possibilities and Opportunities for Informatics, will describe the ongoing efforts on Behavioral Signal Processing -- technology and algorithms for quantitatively and objectively understanding typical, atypical and distressed human behavior -- with a special focus on communicative, affective and social behavior.

This lecture will be on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 12:30pm at 5317 Sennott Square.

December 12 2012
ISP PhD graduate Jialan Que ranked 3rd in ISDS

Jianlan Que, graduated from ISP with a PhD in August 2012, is now a Security Researcher with McAfee, Inc. in Alpharetta, GA. She has received the 3rd place of 2012 ISDS Award for Outstanding Research Articles in Biosurveillance ( Jianlan has a paper, Rank-based spatial clustering: an algorithm for rapid outbreak detection, recently published in the Journal of Informatics in Health and Biomedicine.  

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