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Leading authority on artificial intelligence to discuss computers as teaching agents

11/29/2012

Art Graesser
Art Graesser, one of the foremost scholars in the field of discourse process, will present "Learning by Holding Conversations with Computer Agents" at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in room 125 of the psychology building.

“Art is perhaps the leading figure in research on getting computers to talk with students to help them learn,” said Christopher Wolfe, professor of psychology.

Last year, Graesser, a professor of psychology at the University of Memphis, won the lifetime achievement award from the American Psychological Association. His work was cited as “a mix of top-tier scholarship in psychology, education, intelligent systems, and computational linguistics.”

With interdisciplinary cognitive science central to his intellectual core, Grasser founded the Institute for Intelligent Systems (IIS) at the University of Memphis. Today, IIS is best known for its contributions to learning, language and discourse technologies.

Graesser and his colleagues designed, developed and tested software – AutoTutor – that integrates psychological sciences with technologies that help students learn by holding conversations with them in natural language.

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