June, 2009- DILAB wins major grant from IES! The US Dept. of Education’s Institute for Education Science has awarded a three-year grant entitled “Systems and Cycles: Using Structure-Behavior-Function Thinking as a Conceptual Tool for Understanding Complex Natural Systems in Middle School Science.” This is an inter-disciplinary, inter-university project involving the Graduate School of Education and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University and the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology.
June, 2009- Mathilee Kunda, Keith McGreggor and Ashok Goel’s paper “Addressing the Raven’s Progressive Matrices Test of ‘General’ Intelligence,” has been accepted for presentation at the AAAI Fall Symposium on Multi-representational Architectures for Human-level Intelligence at MIT in October 2009.
June, 2009- Swaroop Vattam, Michael Helms & Ashok Goel’s paper “Nature of Creative Analogies in Biologically Inspired Innovative Design,” has been accepted for presentation at the Seventh ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition, Berkeley, California, October 2009.
June 7-10, 2009- Ashok Goel participates in the IES PI Meeting in Washington, DC.
May 2009- Avik Sinharoy graduates with a MS in CS. Avik worked on the STAB project on story analysis. Congratulations Avik!
May 19, 2009- Ashok Goel is giving an invited talk, “Multimodal Case-Based Reasoning,” at the 22nd International Conference of the Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society (FLAIRS).
May 10, 2009- Josh Jones is attending the Eighth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS) in Budapest, Hungary, to present a paper titled, “Metareasoning-Based Adaptation of Agent Classification Knowledge.”
May 7, 2009- Maithilee Kunda and Ashok Goel are attending the International Meeting For Autism Research (IMFAR) in Chicago, IL, to present a poster titled, “Evidence for Thinking in Pictures as a Cognitive Account of Autism.”
April 27, 2009- DILAB alum Bill Murdock is playing a central technical role in IBM’s plan to enter a computer into the Jeopardy quiz show to compete with human players on TV. His work has been focusing on question understanding (i.e., understanding what a question really is asking) and has achieved an accuracy rate of 60-70% for understanding questions of the kind typically asked on Jeopardy (which is about twice as much as other question understanding systems). Way to go, Bill!
April 2009- The paper “Modeling Practices as a Function of Task Structure,” coauthored by Rebecca Jordan, Cindy Hmelo-Silver, Steven Gray, Ashok Goel & Spencer Rugaber was presented to the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, California, April 2009.