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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!

ISP student, Collin Lynch, co-organizes workshop for ITS 2010

ISP Graduate Student Collin Lynch, ISP Faculty Kevin Ashley, and ISP Alumnus Vincent Aleven are co-organizing a workshop in Intelligent Tutoring Technologies for Ill-Defined Domains with faculty from Germany, UK, and New Zealand.  The workship will be held at the 10th International Conference on ITS 2010 to be held June 14-18 in Pittsburgh.  Submissions are open and due by April 15th.  Please see the Call for Papers

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