Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Do humorous teachable virtual agents enhance learning and outcomes?

image depicting Curiosity Notebook’s teaching interface

The research paper on which this feature article is based will be presented on May 12, 2021 at CHI 2021, where it received a best paper honourable mention. 

CHI is the premier international conference on human–computer interaction. Held from May 8 to 13, 2021, the 2021 ACM CHI Virtual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems was originally slated to be held in Yokohama, Japan.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Cheriton School of Computer Science PhD graduate Nashid Shahriar awarded 2021 Mathematics Doctoral Prize

photo of Nashid Shahriar and Raouf Boutaba

Dr. Nashid Shahriar has won the 2021 Mathematics Doctoral Prize. Now in its third year, these prestigious awards are conferred annually to recognize the achievements of top graduating and graduated doctoral students in the Faculty of Mathematics.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Kate Larson and her colleagues publish commentary in Nature about the need for cooperative AI — beneficial intelligence with social understanding

photo of Kate Larson

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Kate Larson and her international colleagues have published a commentary in Nature about the need for cooperative artificial intelligence — beneficial AI with social understanding.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Mike Schaekermann, Hong Zhou and Fiodar Kazhamiaka win Cheriton Distinguished Dissertation Awards

photo of Mike Schaekermann, Hong Zhou and Fiodar Kazhamiaka

Recent PhD graduates Mike Schaekermann, Hong Zhou and Fiodar Kazhamiaka have each received a Cheriton Distinguished Dissertation Award. Established in 2019, the dissertation award was created to recognize excellence in computer science doctoral research. In addition to the prestigious recognition, each awardee receives a cash prize of $1000.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Does a curious robot elicit curiosity and promote learning in humans?

photo of Nalin Chhibbers, Jessy Ceha and NAO, an educational robot

Eliciting curiosity — the intrinsic desire to explore and to find new information — enhances learning, promotes information-seeking and improves memory. Understanding how to elicit and maintain curiosity in students could help us design educational robots that stimulate interest, engagement and a quest for knowledge.

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