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  • 3 people participating in a workshop for gig workers and policymakers

    Empowering and Enhancing Workers Through Building A Community-Centered Gig Economy

    The gig economy is characterized by short-term contract work performed by independent workers who are paid in return for the "gigs" they perform. Example ...

  • This figure provides a high-level overview of the child maltreatment screening process at Allegheny County, illustrating when an ADS assists call screeners’ and supervisors’ screening decisions.

    Advancing Fairness in AI with Human-Algorithm Collaborations

    Artificial intelligence (AI) systems are increasingly used to assist humans in making high-stakes decisions, such as online information curation, resume s...

  • 12 cards of various solid colors lay slightly overlapping on a black background

    Incorporating and Balancing Stakeholder Values in Algorithm Design

    This project will create a general method for value-sensitive algorithm design and develop tools and techniques to help incorporate the tacit values of st...

  • Screenshots of two examples of Diminished Reality. One shows two side-by-side images of a desk with a computer, mouse, keyboard and decorative object on one side, and the same desk with all objects but the decorative object faded out. The other image shows a shelf with books on one side, and a shelf with all but one book faded out.

    Towards Understanding Diminished Reality

    Diminished reality (DR) refers to the concept of removing content from a user's visual environment. While its implementation is becoming feasible, it is s...

  • Bazaar

    Based on our experiences with designing and engineering multi-party conversational environments such as collaborative learning systems that involve integr...

  • Adaptive Cyber-Learning With a Sensor Support

    This project aims to better support student learning by adapting computer-based tutoring to individual learning phases and real-time capabilities. The sp...

  • Chronic Web

    The Chronic Web project explores how online resources affect the online and offline experience of managing and coping with chronic illness....

  • Designing for the Self

    This project investigates the value of product attachment theory, which describes how people develop relationships with and learn to love their possession...

  • MILLEE: Mobile and Immersive Learning for Literacy in Emerging Economies

    Cell phone applications that enable children in the villages and slums in the developing world to acquire language and literacy in immersive, game-like en...

  • The Genetics Cognitive Tutor

    This collaboration of researchers in the HCII and Biological Sciences is developing a Cognitive Tutor for problem solving in genetics. Genetics problem so...

  • VMT

    In collaboration with Gerry Stahl and the Math Forum at Drexel University, this project seeks to develop a technological augmentation to available human s...

  • Bridging the Bridge to Algebra: Measuring and Optimizing the Influence of Prerequisite Skills on a Pre-Algebra Curriculum

    The purpose of this project is to develop an automated tutorial intervention that is intended to improve learning in a pre-algebra curriculum. In particul...

  • SimStudent

    SimStudent is a synthetic student that learns cognitive skills from worked-out examples (i.e., demonstrated solutions) and through tutored problem-solving...

  • Computational Modeling and Data Mining

    Computational Modeling and Data Mining is one of four thrusts within the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center. This thrust is pursuing the scientific goa...

  • Metacognition and Motivation

    Metacognition and Motivation is one of four thrusts of the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center. It has the goals of developing a better understanding of...

  • Social and Communicative Factors in Learning

    Social and Communicative Factors is one of four thrusts within the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center. The research investigates how human linguistic i...

  • Cognitive Factors: A Thrust Within the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center

    Cognitive Factors is one of four thrusts of the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center. It is aimed at understanding cognitive learning—changes in knowledg...

  • LightSIDE

    LightSIDE is a resource for applying machine learning technologies to text processing problems....

  • SIDE: Summarization Integrated Development Environment

    In this project we are developing a configurable summarization environment that uses multi-level analyses of discourse to support a new generation of summ...

  • Basilica: Reconfigurable Multi-Party Dialogue Environment

    Based on our experiences with designing and engineering multi-party conversational environments such as collaborative learning systems that involve integr...