Jill Watson: A Suite of Online Learning Tools

From Left to Right: Ida Camacho, Qiaosi Wang, Rohit A Mujumdar, Ashok Goel, Eric Gregori, Varsha Achar With the advent of Georgia Tech’s OMSCS (a massive online course to earn a Masters in CS), thousands of people around the world have been enrolling to learn. An increase in learners implied…

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VERA: Virtual Ecological Research Assistant

VERA-Ecol (Ecology) The Virtual Ecological Research Assistant (VERA) is developed by the Design & Intelligence Lab at Georgia Tech, in collaboration with Smithsonian’s Encyclopedia of Life Department. The VERA system leverages AI technologies like Natural Language Processing (NLP) and AI compiler to support cognitive aspects of learning such as inquiry-based learning…

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Intelligent Biologically Inspired Design

  In Biologically Inspired Design, engineers use biology as a source of ideas for solving engineering problems. However, locating relevant literature is difficult due to vocabulary differences and lack of domain knowledge. IBID is an intelligent search mechanism that uses a functional taxonomy to direct search and a formal modeling…

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Errol

For aspiring start-up entrepreneurs, developing their Business Model Canvas (BMC) well is key to their future success. Errol is an interactive agent that aims to play the role of a teacher who can provide feedback on users’ BMCs. Using some heuristics and applying these through the methods of lexical and…

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VITA: Visual Thinking

Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by atypical behaviors in three different areas: social interaction, communication, and stereotyped or repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. Classic autism is one of several related conditions that comprise Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), also known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDDs). While the specific causes…

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Biologically-Inspired Design

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Tools Design by Analogy to Nature Engine About Biologically inspired design, a kind of design by analogy, requires that engineers understand complex biological systems as analogues for design. A number of typical characteristics make biologically inspired design an especially interesting problem to study. (1) By definition, biologically inspired design is…

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MILA: Systems Thinking

The Systems Thinking project at the Design & Intelligence lab broadly focuses on teaching students at various levels to engage in thinking about complex, and especially ecological, systems. The project specifically addresses multiple specific tasks and abilities: Helping students understand complex systems through the construction of structure-behavior-function models (Goel et…

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