From understanding learners’ adaptive motivation and emotion to designing social learning companions

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Principal Investigators:

Rebecca Lazarides
Verena Hafner
Niels Pinkwart

Team members:

Johann Chevalère (Postdoctoral researcher)
Haeseon Yun (Doctoral researcher)

Developing an approach integrating game- and agent-based Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) and computational models to help optimize social learning situations

Research Unit 1, SCIoI Project 06

In this threefold project, we will firstly examine how novel user modelling approaches and feedback strategies in Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) incorporating virtual agents can enhance positive emotions and motivation (self-regulation, goal orientations) and reduce negative emotions in social learning situations and how these approaches can be used to prevent inequalities in education.
We will also be exploring the (moderating and mediating) processes that underlie the relations between pedagogical agents’ ‘behaviors’ and learners’ performance by investigating psychological factors that strengthen or reduce the effects of ITS on learners’ motivation and emotions.
As a third and final objective, we intend to create a robotic learning companion that keeps an updated model/simulation of the learner and their current knowledge, motivational, and emotional state, acting accordingly.


Related Publications

Yun, H. S., Hübert, H., Taliarona, V., & Sardogan, A. (2022). Utilizing Machine Learning based Gesture Recognition Software, Mediapipe, in the Context of Education and Health. AI Innovation Summit 2022.
Yun, H. S., Hübert, H., Taliaronak, V., Mayet, R., Kirtay, M., Hafner, V. V., & Pinkwart, N. (2022). AI-based Open-Source Gesture Retargeting to a Humanoid Teaching Robot. AIED 2022: The 23rd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education.
Yun, H. S., Fortenbacher, A., Geißler, S., & Heumos, T. (2020). Towards External Regulation of Emotions Using Sensors: Tow Case Studies. INTED2020, 9313–9320.
Yun, H. S., Taliaronak, V., Kirtay, M., Chevelère, J., Hübert, H., Hafner, V. V., Pinkwart, N., & Lazarides, R. (2022). Challenges in Designing Teacher Robots with Motivation Based Gestures. 17th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2022).
Yun, H. S., Chevalère, J., Karl, M., & Pinkwart, N. (2021). A comparative study on how social robots support learners’ motivation and learning. 14th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, 2845–2850.
Yun, H. S., & Fortenbacher, A. (2019). Listen to your body: making learners aware of their cognitive and affective state. ICER2019.
Kirtay, M., Chevalère, J., Lazarides, R., & Hafner, V. V. (2021). Learning in Social Interaction: Perspectives from Psychology and Robotics. 2021 IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL), 1–8.

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