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 I. Pavlik Jr.
Faculty Mentor's Department: Psychology and Institute for Intelligent Systems
Project Description: The Optimal Learning Lab conducts research that involves theories
of human learning and how to apply them in educational contexts. More specifically,
our current research projects include: elaborative study methods (concept mapping),
text comprehension strategies, and spaced practice.
Requirements for Student Applicants: The student should have a 3.0 or above GPA,
successfully completed PSYC 3010 (Research and Statistics I), and have an interest
in cognitive psychology, education, or computer science. Interested students should
also be willing to commit a minimum of 4 hours per week to lab projects. (Note: Some
projects may require more or less time; thus, a flexible schedule is an added benefit)
Start date: Immediately
Method of Compensation: volunteer or academic credit.