Artificial intelligence for supporting disadvantaged learners

Artificial intelligence for supporting disadvantaged learners

Artificial Intelligence, Assessment, School
[caption id="attachment_3685" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Mitchell County High School[/caption] Can Artificial Intelligence support disadvantaged teenagers in improving their mathematics and reading skills? Doctoral candidate Rashmi Khazanchi is investigating this relevant research question in her PhD project conducted with the supervision of Prof Hendrik Drachsler at the Open University of The Netherlands and Dr Daniele Di Mitri at the DIPF. Mrs Khazanchi is a mathematic and science teacher at the Mitchell County High School, located in the rural area of Camilla, in the southwest of Georgia, United States. The school offers generalist education as preparation for college and vocation and professional training. The high school is a publicly funded school system, and the majority of its student population are African American people. Several of these young students live in modest socio-economic…
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Guest Lecture at Carnegie Mellon University

Guest Lecture at Carnegie Mellon University

Invited talk
On 18th November 2021, Dr Daniele Di Mitri was invited to give a guest lecture to the Human-AI Interaction course at Carnegie Mellon University. The course is organised by Haiyi Zhu, Steven Wu and it resonates with Di Mitri's seminar Responsible AI for Human support. Abstract of the guest lecture: This guest lecture will focus on artificial intelligence in education. We start the lecture with a short history of AI systems in education; we will then introduce the concept of Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS), the idea of providing automatic and personalised feedback for learners and provide some examples of modern ITSs. Additionally, we look at alternative and more indirect applications of AI in education and their potential support and benefits in education. Finally, we consider how modern multimodal and multi-sensor interfaces…
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Milky-Psy first face-to-face meeting

Milky-Psy first face-to-face meeting

Artificial Intelligence, General education, Multimodal Learning Analytics, Project meeting
On November 9, 2021, the first face-to-face meeting of the BMBF funded project “Multimodal Immersive Learning with Artificial Intelligence for Psychomotor Skills” (Milki-Psy) consortium took place in the city of Cologne where the DIPF, as an active member, was represented by Dr Daniele Di Mitri, Dr Jan Schneider, Gianluca Romano and Fernando P. Cardenas-Hernandez. The purpose of this meeting was to present the progress of each project partner as well as to propose and discuss possible solutions for the two case studies of this project, which are running case and robot case. (more…)
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We are looking for Student Assistants (Hiwi)

We are looking for Student Assistants (Hiwi)

Job announcements
The EduTec Science lab is constantly looking for motivated student assistants (Hiwi) to help us out with various scientific tasks. Some of these tasks require coding skills, some others require scientific English writing. You can have an overview of our projects here. The workload is typically 40 hours/month. One example job announcement as a student assistant can be found the attached PDF example. If you believe you have the background to work with the EduTec team send us your CV and motivation letter via email at dimitri [at] dipf.de with the subject "Application as student assistant".
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Keynote at SITE Interactive

Keynote at SITE Interactive

Conference, Keynote
Dr Daniele Di Mitri was invited to deliver a keynote at the SITE Interactive online conference 2021 Keynote on "Restoring Context in Online Teaching with Artificial Intelligence and Multimodal Learning Experiences". The keynote paper to be published in the proceedings of the conference on the Learning & Technology Library Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic forced more than 1.6 billion learners out of school, becoming the most challenging disruption ever endured by the global education systems. In many countries, education institutions decided to move their regular activities online, opting for remote teaching as an emergency solution to continue their education. Meanwhile, physical distancing and learning in isolation are heavily challenging learners and hindering their study success. There is a compelling need to make education systems more resilient and less vulnerable to future…
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Daniele Di Mitri presents at Falling Walls Lab

Daniele Di Mitri presents at Falling Walls Lab

Higher Education, Keynote
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouqn2SayzjM Dr Daniele Di Mitri was invited to present his research on the 8th September 2021 for the Falling Walls Lab Rhineland organised in Bonn. The title of the presentation was "Breaking the Walls of Digital Classroom". Falling Walls Lab Rhineland is jointly hosted by RWTH Aachen, University of Bonn, University of Cologne, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf and Forschungszentrum Jülich. The event is hosted on a rotating basis by the participating institutions. Next year's Falling Walls Lab Rhineland will take place in Düsseldorf.  The Falling Walls Foundation is a non-profit organisation in Berlin, dedicated to the support of science and the humanities. It is a unique international platform for leaders from the worlds of science, business and politics, the arts and society. Falling Walls fosters discussion on research and innovation and promotes…
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Sebastian Gombert joins the team

Sebastian Gombert joins the team

Learning Analytics, Team
Starting 1st June 2021, Sebastian Gombert joins the team as a doctoral researcher.  Before this, he studied Linguistic and Literary Computing at TU Darmstadt which he finished with a thesis on the detection of semantic uncertainty in scientific writing through a combination of transformer language models and conditional random fields. Besides this, Sebastian worked as a tutor, software developer and junior research assistant in various contexts and was active in academic self-government.
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Jane Yau joins the team

Jane Yau joins the team

Computational Psychometrics, Learning Analytics, Team
Starting 1st June 2021, Dr. Jane Yau joins the EduTec team as a Researcher in the HIKOF-DL project. This project combines the existing methods from two open-source software tools – personalisation of formative learning feedback with the OnTask tool (funded by the Australian Govt.) and transformation of generic tests into adaptive ones suiting to individual learner profiles with the KAT-HS tool (funded by BMBF, Germany) in order to form new technologies for improving teaching and learning in the university context. This new feedback system will be implemented and evaluated with students at the Goethe University in Frankfurt and further collaborations with industry partners will be developed, who are interested in the technologies for increasing the learning effectiveness and study success within their students’ courses. In Jane’s Masters thesis, she focused…
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Meine KI-Forschung hilft dabei, produktive Lernverläufe zu identifizieren und Kompetenzen zu verbessern

Meine KI-Forschung hilft dabei, produktive Lernverläufe zu identifizieren und Kompetenzen zu verbessern

Artificial Intelligence, Higher Education, Multimodal Learning Analytics, Press
[This article appeared on bildungsserver.de and it was written by Christine Schumann for Deutscher Bildungsserver] Wie bei digitalen Lerneinheiten entstehende Daten für personalisiertes Feedback genutzt werden können. FRAGEN AN Daniele Di Mitri, der im April 2021 in der Kategorie Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften zum AI-Newcomer des Jahres gewählt wurde. Am DIPF | Leibniz-Institut baut er gerade eine Forschungsgruppe zum Thema Künstliche Intelligenz auf, um verantwortungsvolle KI-Systeme für die Bildung zu entwickeln. Zurzeit konzentrieren sich seine Arbeiten auf praktische Lernaufgaben – und nicht auf allgemeine Lernsituationen im Klassenzimmer. Herr Di Mitri, sind Sie stolz auf Ihre Auszeichnung als „AI Newcomer“ des Jahres 2021? Ja, ich bin begeistert, dass ich im Rahmen des KI-Camps zum „AI Newcomer of 2021“ gewählt wurde. Das KI-Camp ist das nationale Event in Deutschland zur Künstlichen Intelligenz, das das Bundesministerium für…
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