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ISP Student and Faculty Paper Accepted to IJCAI 2011 Conference

ISP Grad students Saeed Amizadeh's and Shuguang Wang's paper, "An Efficient Framework for Constructing Generalized Locally-Induced Text Metrics", was accepted to the Twenty-Second International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2011).  The IJCAI is the most prestigious AI conference and will take place in Barcelona, Spain July 16th through July 22nd.  The conference is very selective in accepting papers, in 2009 only 331 were accepted from almost 1300 submitted to the conference.  The paper was also authored by ISP faculty, Milos Hauskrecht.

Two ISP Faculty participate in IBM Watson Events

Diane Litman, Director of ISP, and Kevin Ashley, ISP faculty, participate in the IBM Watson Symposium on March 30, 2011.  This day-long symposium included a series of discussions with Pitt and CMU experts in technology, health care, and law.  Diane Litman was a panelist in the Natural Language Processing (NLP) forum, along with David Ferrucci, PI of the deepQA/Watson Project for IBM; and Eric Nyberg, professor in CMU's Language Technology Institute.  Kevin Ashley was one of three presenters about the real world applications NLP technologies, with Donald Burke, dean of Pitt's Graduate School fo Public Health and Brian Butler, professor of business administration.  The symposium ended with the IBM Watson Presentation, Demonstration and Q&A Panel with a Jeopardy! challenge between Pitt student team, CMU student team and Watson.

Read the March 28, 2011 Pitt Chronicle article.

Read the March 31, 2011 Post Gazette article.

Read the April 4, 2011 Converge Magazine article.

IBM Communications interview with Diane Litman.

University of Pittsburgh Mediasite NLP & Watson panel discussion.

Two ISP Alumni named Associate Editors for IJAIED

ISP alumni, Vincent Aleven ('97) and Cristina Conati ('99), are the two new Associate Editors of the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education (IJAIED). They join current IJAIED Associate Editor, Judy Kay and Editor-in-Chief, James Lester.

IJAIED is the premier journal in artificial intelligence in education.  The Journal publishes papers concerned with the application of artificial intelligence techniques and concepts to the design of systems that support learning.

Vincent Aleven is an Associate Professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).  Cristina Conati is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia.

ITS 2010 Best Paper Award to Min Chi

DSC_9060 by ilyagoldin.Min Chi's, 2009 ISP graduate, receives the Best Paper Award during ITS 2010.  "Do Micro-Level Tutorial Decisions Matter:  Applying Reinforcement Learning to Induce Pedagogical Tutorial Tactics" was co-authored with Computer Science faculty member, Diane Litman and Arizona State University faculty member, Kurt Vanlehn.  The award winning paper is based on Min's dissertation work, with Diane Litman her major advisor and dissertation committee chair. Events for the 10th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems: Bridges to Learning (ITS 2010) was held in June at various locations on the Carnegie Mellon University campus.  ISP sponsored the  workshops for ITS2010.

NSF CAREER award for Changhe Yuan

2006 ISP graduate Changhe Yuan was awarded the 2010 NSF career award for his work titled "Explanation, Decision Making, and Learning in Graphical Models" at Mississippi State University. Congratulations!

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