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Dialogue Systems in Education and Learning

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A talk on dialogue interfaces for intelligent tutoring systems (ITS)

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Jun 12, 2009
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM


Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore

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080 4092 6283

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One-to-one tutoring has been shown to increase learning gain in students because instruction can be adapted to the student's expertise. Intelligent tutoring systems (ITS) are computer programs that adaptively provide students with exercise problems to solve and a detailed feedback once they resolve the problems. However the interface between the student and the system is restricted to GUI and therefore detailed discussion on what went wrong in problem solving cannot be discussed. Dialogue interfaces to tutoring systems resolves this drawback and enables the student to have a conversation on the mistakes he/she committed. In tutorial dialogue systems, the system interacts with the students in natural language either spoken or typed. The system and the student engage in a conversation after the student presents a solution to the problem. In case of an incorrect solution, the system helps the student to solve the problem by engaging the student in a remediation dialogue by asking simpler questions and giving clues. Such systems have been shown to be more effective than its GUI counterparts. Can such systems be used to improve the learning gain amongst students in India?


Srinivasan Janarthanam is a third year Ph.D student at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He works in Spoken Dialogue Systems with focus on making user adaptive systems. His Ph.D is supported by UK India Education Research Initiative. Previously, he worked as a research associate in Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetam, Coimbatore on English-Tamil Machine Translation. He did his M.Sc in Intelligent Systems from the University of Sussex, UK and his B.E from Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore. His other interests are Natural Language Processing (NLP) for Indian languages, application of NLP and Artificial Intelligence for education.

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Friday, 12 June, 2009; 5.30-6.30 pm


Centre for Internet and Society, No. D2, 3rd Floor, Sheriff Chambers, 14, Cunningham Road, Bangalore - 560052


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