Cristina Conati: Modeling Learner Affect in Intelligent Tutoring Systems @ CREATE Lab, 196 Mercer St., 8th Floor

11/12/2018 3:00 pm – 11/12/2018 4:00 pm
Modeling Learner Affect in Intelligent Tutoring Systems
Cristina Conati, Professor of Computer Science
University of British Columbia
The field of Intelligent Tutoring Systems integrates research in Artificial Intelligent (AI), Education, Human Computer Interaction, and Cognitive Science with the goal of creating educational environments that can model relevant states and abilities of their users, and personalize the pedagogical interaction accordingly. In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in affect-sensitive ITS that can understand and react to a learner’s affective states. In this talk,  I will discuss the research that my group has done towards this goal, focusing on how to build models that can dynamically assess a learner’s affective state during the interaction with an ITS.
About the speaker: My goal is to integrate research in Artificial Intelligence, Human Computer Interaction and Cognitive Science to create intelligent user interfaces that can effectively and reliably adapt to the needs of each user. I am particularly interested in extending the range of user’s states and traits that can be reliably captured in a computational user model and leveraged for adaptation – from purely cognitive features (knowledge, skills, goals), to affective states (emotions, moods, attitudes), to meta-cognitive skills (e.g., the capability of effectively exploring a large information space) and personality traits. I have over 100 peer-reviewed publications in the fields of Intelligent User Interfaces, User Modeling, Affective Computing, Intelligent Tutoring Systems, and Intelligent Virtual Agents. My research has received awards from a variety of venues, including UMUAI, the Journal of User Modeling and User Adapted Interaction (2002), the International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces ( IUI 2007), the International Conference of User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (UMAP 2013, 2014), TiiS, ACM Transactions on Intelligent Interactive Systems (2014), and the International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2016). I am an associate editor for UMUAI, TiiS, IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, and the Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education. I served as President of AAAC, (Association for the Advancement of Affective Computing), as well as Program or Conference Chair for several international conferences including UMAP, IUI, and AI in Education.