Professor Carles Sierra presents tools developed at the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute to support collaborative learning, both online and in the classroom.
From a technological perspective, collaborative learning is a challenging problem. Organising students into teams, facilitating their interactions or supporting their mutual assessment are just a few of the many complex tasks of a highly combinatorial nature that require the support of automatic tools. In this free public lecture, Professor Carles Sierra will introduce the following:
- an editor and execution environment for lesson plans that allows teachers to create, share, and actually execute lesson plans useful for student interactions in an online learning setting;
- some AI techniques helping in the selection of the best set of student teams that take into account their psychological and competence profiles;
- and a trust-based mechanism to assess students based on peer-assessments.
Together, these provide the starting point for a new platform for online learning that puts task-based collaborative learning at the centre of student development.
Professor Carles Sierra
Carles Sierra is a research professor and Vice Director at the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute Spanish Research Council (IIIA-CSIC). He is also an adjunct professor at the Western Sydney University (WSU). He is a researcher in artificial intelligence with specific interests in agents, negotiation, and electronic institutions.
He has participated in more than twenty research projects funded by the European Commission and the Spanish Government, and has published more than three hundred papers in specialised conferences and scientific journals. He has received several best paper awards in the area of agents and artificial intelligence.
He is an EurAI fellow, and on the editorial board for a range of top AI journals, including Artificial Intelligence Journal' (top AI journal). He is also the editor in chief of the top journal in the area of agents - Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (JAAMAS) . Carles is the Program Chair of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2017) to be held in Melbourne from 19-25 August 2017.
Professor Carles Sierra is visiting RMIT under an International Visiting Fellowship Scheme from the College of Business and his visit is hosted by Associate Professor Marta Poblet (GSBL).