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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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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