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July 17, 2007

Boyer Wins AIED 2007 Best Student Paper Award

Photo of BoyerKristy Elizabeth Boyer, a Ph.D. student in computer science, won the “Best Student Paper Award” at the 13th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED 2007) held in Los Angeles on July 9-13 2007.

Boyer’s paper, “The Influence of Learner Characteristics on Task- Oriented Tutorial Dialogue”, reports on a study that was conducted to investigate the influence of learner characteristics (performance levels, self-efficacy, and gender) on the structure of task-oriented tutorial dialogue. Analyses of the  annotated dialogues suggest that the dialogue structure of (1) low-performing  students differs significantly from that of high-performing students, (2)   students with low self-efficacy differs significantly from that of students with high self-efficacy, and (3) males differs significantly from that of females.

The honor is accompanied by a cash award of $1,000.

AIED 2007 is part of an ongoing series of biennial international conferences for top quality research in cognitive science and intelligent systems for educational computing applications. Subsequently, the conference provides opportunities for the cross-fertilization of information and ideas from researchers in the many fields that make up this interdisciplinary research area, including: artificial intelligence, other areas of computer science, cognitive science, education, learning sciences, educational technology, psychology, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, and the many domain-specific areas for which AIED systems have been designed and built.

Boyer is co-advised by Drs. James Lester and Mladen Vouk.


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