Karan Taneja

Karan is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at Georgia Tech, currently working on the Jill Watson project. He is broadly interested in developing AI tools for scaling quality education. His research interest includes machine teaching, natural language processing, and conversational systems. 


Vrinda Nandan

Vrinda Nandan is a research scientist and faculty member working on the AskJill, Jill Watson, and VERA projects in the DILab. Her research focuses on software design, development, and product management for artificial intelligence question answering agents. Vrinda holds an MS in computer engineering and an MBA. Her research interests include Natural Language Processing, Question Answering Agents, Explainability, and Ethics in Artificial Intelligence. Outside of DILab, Vrinda loves traveling, cooking, and spending quality time with her family.

Luke Eglington

Luke Eglington is a research scientist in DILab and contributes to the VERA, Jill Watson, and SAMI projects. His research focuses on developing and optimizing adaptive instructional systems (AIS) by accounting for principles of human learning and attention. For example, Luke recently published a paper showing how to create an AIS for maximally efficient spaced practice. Other research interests include individual student differences, mathematical models of learning, metacognition, and visual attention.

DILab Picnic at Piedmont Park

We had our DILab picnic at Piedmont Park on Saturday, May 1st. We haven’t met as a group for more than a year, so it was so nice to meet again. The weather was perfect for a picnic. We had so much fun talking, having some snacks, and playing cards and badminton!

Andrew Hornback

Andrew is a PhD student in Computer Science specializing in Machine Learning and Interactive Intelligence. He is interested in Artificial Intelligence and Computational Biology. Prior to Georgia Tech, he did research in financial derivatives with Dr. Robert E. Whaley at Vanderbilt University.

Dalton Bassett

Dalton is a computer science master’s student at Georgia Tech. He joined DILab’s IBID project in December 2020 as a researcher and developer. His research interests include natural language processing, reading comprehension, and leveraging machine learning to increase access to information for everyone.

Ashok Goel (old bio)

Ashok typically teaches the CS 4635/CS 7637 course on Knowledge-Based Artificial Intelligence in the fall term of each year. In the spring term, he alternates between teaching the the CS 4610/CS 7615 course on Computational Creativity, the interdisciplinary graduate course CS 6795 on Cognitive Science, and the new interdisciplinary undergraduate GT 2803 course on Invention.
Ashok is a member of the Organizing Committee of the conference series on Advances on Cognitive Systems, and the Steering Committee of the conference series on Theory and Application of Diagrams. In 2013, we was a member of program committees of several conferences, workshops and symposia, including the Sixteenth International Conference on AI in Education (AIED 2013) in Memphis, Tennessee, the Thirty Fifth Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2013) in Berlin, Germany, and the Nineteenth International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 2013) in Seoul, Korea. In 2013, he gave an invited talk to the Twenty First International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning in Saratoga Springs, New York, and was a panelist at the Biomimicry 3.8 Seventh Education Summit and Global Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. He is scheduled to give talks at the Dept. of Cognitive Science at University of California at San Diego, the San Diego Zoo’s Conference on Bioinspiration, the College of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, the AAAI 2013 Fall Symposium on Discovery Informatics, and the Second Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems.
Ashok is an Associate Editor of IEEE Intelligent Systems, ASME Transactions: Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering (JCISE), Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing (AIEDAM), Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures, and Advances in Cognitive Systems. He also serves on the editorial boards of AAAI’s AI Magazine, Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence (JETAI), Advanced Engineering Informatics (AEI), and Design Creativity and Innovation.
Ashok serves on the Board of Directors of the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute, and is a member of BID Community Think Tank that publishes the Bioinspired! digital magazine. He is a life member of the Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and a member of ACM, IEEE, ASME, the Cognitive Science Society and the Design Society SIG on Design Creativity.
Ashok recently co-edited the first ever book on computational methods and tools for biologically inspired design. In 2011, his Design & Intelligence research laboratory developed one of the first interactive tools on the web for supporting biologically inspired design; Here is a short video describing the DANE interactive tool. Ashok’s TEDx talk in 2012 summarizes some of his research on AI for biologically inspired design and environmental sustainability.
Ashok K. GoelSchool of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of TechnologyTechnology Square Research Building, 85 Fifth Street NWAtlanta, Georgia 30332, USAEmail: goel@cc.gatech.edu; Phone: (404) 894-4994; Fax: (404) 894-0673
Ms. Cynthia Bryant; cebryant@cc.gatech.edu; 404-894-3807
Travel, etc.
12/12 – Advances in Cognitive Systems Conference, Mountain View, California06/13 – Panel on Interdisciplinary Education, Biomimicry 3.8 Conference, Boston07/13 – AI in Education Conference, Memphis07/13 – Keynote Address, Case-Based Reasoning Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York07/13 – AAAI Conference and EAAI Symposium, Bellevue, Washington09/13 – Biomimicry 3.8 Meeting, Yellowstone National Park, Montana10/02-03/13 – IBM Meeting on Cognitive Systems, Yorktown Heights, New York11/05-08/13 – Talk at Dept. of Cognitive Science, University of California at San Diego, Panel on Research on Bioinspiration at San Diego Zoo’s Conference on Bioinspiration, San Diego, and Invited Talk at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona11/15-17/13 – AAAI Fall Symposium on Discovery Informatics, Arlington, Virginia12/12-12/13 – Advances in Cognitive Systems Conference, UMBC, Baltimore, Maryland
Ashok has two sons:
Kunal (17 years old), a senior in the Dekalb County Magnet Program for High Achievers at Chamblee Charter High School, Vice-President of the Student Government and Co-Captain of the Tennis Team; and
Gautam (19), a junior in the Honors Program at Georgia Tech with a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science, and a recipient of the 2013 Goldwater Award.

Hiring a full-time research scientist and a half-time post-doc

Date: August 31, 2020

Georgia Tech’s Design Intelligence Laboratory (http://dilab.gatech.edu/) in the School of interactive Computing is seeking two Research Scientists.

1. Full-time Research Scientist  I in AI/ML 

Lead software developer for the Jill Watson research team (https://emprize.gatech.edu/) as part a new industry/academia collaborative project sponsored by the NSF Convergence Accelerator program. The RS will work with Georgia Tech’s Design & Intelligence Laboratory, C21U, EduWorks, and other partners, focusing on developing AI question answering agents. Job requires knowledge of AI, ML and NLP techniques, and experience with Python, SQL, Linux, and JavaScript. The RS will also help coordinate and document the project. This work can be done remotely but will require intense teamwork. Minimum qualifications: B.S. or M.S. with 5 years of experience in software development. Contact: Professor Ashok Goel at goel@cc.gatech.edu

2. Half-time Post-Doctoral Research Scientist  II in Participatory and Human-Centered Design

Postdoctoral research scientist for the Jill Watson research team (https://emprize.gatech.edu/) as part of a new industry/academia collaborative project sponsored by the NSF Convergence Accelerator program. The RS will work with Georgia Tech’s Design & Intelligence Laboratory, C21U, EduWorks, and other partners, focusing on participatory and human-centered design of AI question answering agents. The RS will also help coordinate and document the project. This work can be done remotely but will require intense teamwork.   Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. Contact: Professor Ashok Goel at goel@cc.gatech.edu

Get Involved

Date: Mar 11, 2021

Job Description: The is a full-time post-doctoral Research Scientist I position in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. The Research Scientist will focus on designing and developing AI techniques and tools for supporting online and blended learning, and for deploying and evaluating them at scale within Georgia Tech. We are especially interested in further developing, deploying, and analyzing extant AI technologies for intelligent tutors, conversational agents, question answering,  social interactions, virtual laboratories, and virtual librarians. In particular, the Research Scientist will work with the faculty and students in Georgia Tech’s Design & Intelligence Laboratory to help develop these technologies and work with faculty and students across Georgia Tech to deploy and evaluate them.
This position requires expertise in AI as well as human learning and education. It also requires skills in software development, project management, data collection and analysis, documentation, as well as working with people. 

Contact: Professor Ashok Goel at goel@cc.gatech.edu