New pub: A Human-centric Approach to Explain Evolving Data

New pub: A Human-centric Approach to Explain Evolving Data

Conference
A recent study led by Gabriella Casalino at the University "Aldo Moro" of Bari, Italy in collaboration with Daniele Di Mitri highlights the importance of transparency and explainability in Machine Learning models used in educational environments. As we embrace this technological shift driven by AI in education, it is imperative to address the ethical considerations surrounding AI applications in educational settings. A recent study has underscored the critical importance of transparency and explainability in machine learning models utilized in educational environments. At the forefront of this study is the introduction of DISSFCM, a dynamic incremental classification algorithm that harnesses the power of fuzzy logic to analyze and interpret students' interactions within learning platforms; by offering human-centric explanations, the research endeavours to deepen stakeholders' understanding of how AI models arrive at…
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Invited talk at the University of The Philippines

Invited talk at the University of The Philippines

Invited talk
On June 19th, Daniele Di Mitri was invited to give an online talk at the University of the Philippines. The title of my talk was "Intelligent Tutors, Learning Analytics, and Multimodal Technologies," it served as the kickoff guest lecture for the webinar series hosted by the Intelligent Systems Center of the University of the Philippines. At its peak, the lecture had over 170 participants connected online. During the talk, he discussed how learners in the twenty-first century need continuous instruction and timely feedback to develop their competencies. In situations where human experts are not readily available, Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems can offer automatic, personalized, and real-time feedback to learners in distance learning settings. This allows learners to practice at their own pace while receiving continuous feedback. Moreover, AI feedback can…
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What is University? Presentation in the Lecture Series of Goethe University

What is University? Presentation in the Lecture Series of Goethe University

Invited talk
[gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="6538,6539,6536,6537"] On Thursday, 6th June 2024, Hendrik Drachsler and Daniele Di Mitri presented "Multimodal Learning Analytics: How AI and sensor technology are changing the way we learn." The presentation was part of a lecture series, "What is University?" organized by Goethe University. The presentation touched upon the relevance of Artificial Intelligence in Education, its sociotechnical implications, and the opportunities and challenges of Generative AI. It also included the role of Education Technologies in their three forms: Learning Analytics, AI in Education, and Immersive Learning. In the presentation, Drachsler and Di Mitri outlined their research, work, and thoughts on the added value of academic research and university AI in education instead of corporate research. A video recording of the presentation is available below.
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JTEL workshop: Making Presentable Research

JTEL workshop: Making Presentable Research

Higher Education, Multimodal Learning Analytics, Workshop
[caption id="attachment_6515" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo of Nina and Stefan presenting in the worskhop[/caption] On May 14th, a workshop titled "Making Presentable Research" was held at the JTEL Summer School 2024, led by Stefan Hummel, Nina Mouhammad, Daniele Di Mitri, and Jan Schneider. The session was designed to equip PhD candidates with the skills necessary to effectively communicate their research. The ability to present research clearly and persuasively is a vital skill for PhD candidates. This workshop provided a platform to learn and practice these skills, using innovative software tools designed for message composition and nonverbal communication training. The workshop was organized into several segments, each focusing on different aspects of research presentation: An introduction to the topic and project. A guide to downloading and accessing the necessary software. A session…
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New BJET special section published

New BJET special section published

Special Issue
In the ever-evolving landscape of education, innovative technologies continue to shape the way we learn and acquire new skills. One such frontier that is gaining momentum is the realm of multimodal and immersive learning systems. Recently, a special section in a prestigious British Journal of Education Technology delved into this fascinating intersection, shedding light on the potentialities and challenges of these cutting-edge technologies. Di Mitri, D., Limbu, B., Schneider, J., Iren, D., Giannakos, M. and Klemke, R. (2024), Multimodal and immersive systems for skills development and education. Br J Educ Technol. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjet.13483 Multimodal learning, as defined in the special section, engages learners through multiple sensory and action systems, offering a more holistic and immersive educational experience. This approach is supported by the theory of multimodality in communication, which emphasizes the emergence of…
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Workshop: A Deep Dive into Multimodal Technologies for Skills Development

Workshop: A Deep Dive into Multimodal Technologies for Skills Development

Summer School, Workshop
  In the rapidly evolving landscape of education, the integration of technology in learning processes has become a pivotal element. The recent workshop on Multimodal Technologies for Skills Development, hosted at the JTEL summer school, stands as a testament to this transformation. The Workshop Overview The workshop, aptly titled "Multimodal Technologies for Skills Development (mute4skid)," was a comprehensive event that explored the utilization of AI and multimodal systems in the realm of education. It was structured in two parts, offering theoretical insights and practical applications. The speakers  The speakers for the "Multimodal Technologies for Skills Development" workshop were: Daniele Di Mitri, DIPF, Germany Jan Schneider, DIPF, Germany Bibeg Limbu, University of Duisburg Khaleel Asyraaf Mat Sanusi, Cologne Game Lab, TH Köln, Germany Roland Klemke, Open University of The Netherlands, The…
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Interview: A Controlled Way to Better Teaching and Learning with AI

Interview: A Controlled Way to Better Teaching and Learning with AI

Artificial Intelligence, Press
DIPFblog Interview with Dr. Daniele Di Mitri about the project "HyTea – Model for Hybrid Teaching“ Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to support teaching and learning in many automated ways. However, the contributions of the new technology do not always match the expectations and values of human users. The research and development project „HyTea – Model for Hybrid Teaching“ is investigating how this problem can be addressed. In the interview, project leader Dr. Daniele Di Mitri explains in more detail the project and how he and his team are proceeding. The interview on the DIPFblog – in English and German
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How to improve Knowledge Tracing with hybrid machine learning techniques

How to improve Knowledge Tracing with hybrid machine learning techniques

Journal, New Pub
Knowledge Tracing is a well-known problem in AI for Education. It consists of monitoring how the student's knowledge changes during the learning process and accurately predicting their performance in future exercises. But how can we improve the current methods and overcome their limitations? In recent years, many advances have been made thanks to various machine learning and deep learning techniques. However, they have some pitfalls, such as modelling one skill at a time, ignoring the relationships between different skills, or inconsistent predictions, i.e. sudden spikes and falls across time steps. In our recently published systematic literature review, we aim to illustrate the state of the art in this field. Specifically, we want to identify the potential and the frontiers in integrating prior knowledge sources in the traditional machine learning pipeline…
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New pub: Using Accessible Motion Capture in Educational Games for Sign Language Learning

New pub: Using Accessible Motion Capture in Educational Games for Sign Language Learning

Conference, Multimodal Learning Analytics
A new publication will be presented at the EC-TEL conference 2023 in Aveiro, Portugal. "Using Accessible Motion Capture in Educational Games for Sign Language Learning" https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-031-42682-7_74 Abstract Various studies show that multimodal interaction technologies, especially motion capture in educational environments, can significantly improve and support educational purposes such as language learning. In this paper, we introduce a prototype that implements finger tracking and teaches the user different letters of the German fingerspelling alphabet. Since most options for tracking a user’s movements rely on hardware that is not commonly available, a particular focus is laid on the opportunities of new technologies based on computer vision. These achieve accurate tracking with consumer webcams. In this study, the motion capture is based on Google MediaPipe. An evaluation based on user feedback shows that…
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