Faculty Mentor: Art Graesser
Faculty Mentor's Department: Psychology and the Institute for Intelligent Systems
Telephone Number: 678-4857
Project Description: I design, develop, and test computer systems that hold conversations
with people in natural language. One notable example is AutoTutor, an animated agent
(talking head) on the internet that helps students learn through conversations and
interactive simulations of virtual worlds. AutoTutor responds adaptively to the cognitive
states and emotions of the learner by tracking dialog content, facial expressions,
posture, speech, and interactions with the keyboard. My work is interdisciplinary,
with contributions from psychology, artificial intelligence, linguistics, education,
multimedia, and art. Another system is Coh-Metrix, a web facility that analyzes texts
on hundreds of measures of language, discourse, and cohesion. Students, staff, and
faculty work in research teams.
Requirements for Student Applicants: Hard work and willingness to work in research
Starting Date: Any time
Method of Compensation ( Volunteer, Academic Credit, or Stipend): Show promise by
volunteering and/or academic credit. Serious students get funding on grants (National
Science Foundation, Institute for Education Sciences).
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Philip Pavlik Jr.
Faculty Mentor's Department: Institute of Intelligent Systems and Psychology
Project Description: We are doing various investigations of learning and memory principles with educational
applications. We could use help with Java programming, creating educational diagrams,
and various other research tasks. Of most recent interest in our lab is how people
learn concepts. http://optimallearning.org/home/index.html
Requirement for Student Applicants: Must be a self-starter that is interested in educational applications. Technical skills
are a big plus.
Start Date: 8/27/12 or as needed.
Method of Compensation: Volunteer, Academic Credit, or Stipend (to be negotiated on a case by case basis).