2014 Licenses

Gary Emmert and Paul Simone, Chemistry

Randy Floyd, Psychology

Art Graesser, Xiangen Hu, and Zhiqang Cai, Psychology

Xiangen Hu, Psychology

Researchers: Gary Emmert, Paul Simone, Michael Brown, Gija Geme, Yin Yee Cynthia Choo, Meggan Larsen, Patricia Ranaivo (Chemistry)

Date of license: 3/13/2012

Licensee: Foundation Instruments (FI)

Project Name: Trihalomethanes Rapid Response (THM-RR) System

Summary: Foundation Instruments, Inc. was formed in 2009 and is a high tech, spin-out from the University of Memphis. FI sells fully-automated chemical analyzers for on-site, on-line and real-time monitoring of trace carcinogens in drinking water treatment plants and distribution systems. The company utilizes real-time monitoring programs so local utilities can optimize treatment practices, save money, comply with regulations, and provide high quality drinking water to their customers.

Researchers: Robin Hojnoski, Randy Floyd (Psychology)

Date of license: 11/12/2012

Licensee: Early Learning Labs, Inc.

Project Name: Preschool Numeracy Indicators (PNI)

Summary: PNI was licensed by Early Learning Labs, Inc, a startup company launched out of the University of Minnesota that offers a suite of tools for monitoring the ongoing growth and development of preschool children. PNI's (or IGDIs-EN) are a set of individually administered, early numeracy assessment measures designed for screening and progress monitoring preschool-aged children. The primary purpose of PNI is progress monitoring and universal screening for children ages 3 to 6 years of age.

Researchers: Art Graesser, Xiangen Hu, Zhiqiang Cai (Psychology)

Date of license: 1/6/2014

Licensee: Educational Testing Service

Project Name: AutoTutor Script Authoring Tool for Assessment (ASATA)

Summary: The project for Educational Testing Services uses the new AutoTutor Script Authoring Tool (ASAT), created by Zhiqiang (Carl) Cai, Art Graesser and Xiangen Hu, in order to create scripts for natural language conversations between a human student and perhaps multiple artificial agents. These scripts can be used in many different types of environments including virtual (3-D) environments, as ASAT is capable of processing not only natural language human input but also actions.

Researchers: Xiangen Hu (Psychology)

Date of license: 1/24/2012

Licensee: Miami University

Project Name: AutoTutor Lite

Summary: AutoTutor Lite is an Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS) with an animated, talking avatar that is currently being used by Miami University as a tool to interact with women online about genetic testing for breast cancer. The system draws upon well-vetted, approved, and available information on the National Cancer Institute website. The tutoring system poses questions to participants and engages them in conversation. The animated conversational agent responds differently to different users depending on what they say. Ultimately, the goal is to help women make better decisions about genetic testing for breast cancer risk.