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AIC Seminar Series

DynaLearn: The Artificial Intelligence perspective

Bert BredewegUniversity of Amsterdam[Home Page]

Notice:  Hosted by Vinay Chaudhri.

Date:  Tuesday, February 14th 2012 at 4:00pm

Location:  EJ228 (SRI E building)  (Directions)


DynaLearn ( develops an Intelligent Learning Environment that allows learners to acquire conceptual knowledge by constructing and simulating qualitative models of how systems behave. DynaLearn uses diagrammatic representations for learners to express their ideas. The environment is equipped with semantic technology components capable of generating knowledge-based feedback, and virtual characters enhancing the interaction with learners.

This talk will present the DynaLearn project from an Artificial Intelligence (AI) perspective, and discuss the AI technology used in the learning environment. The core of the talk will be on the Qualitative Reasoning engine. In addition, time will be allocated to discuss automated Question generation, User modelling and Cognitive Diagnosis.

   Bio for Bert Bredeweg

Dr. B. Bredeweg is as an associate professor at the University of Amsterdam leading the Qualitative Reasoning (QR) group within the Informatics Institute. He is coordinator of the EU funded DynaLearn multi-partner project on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL). His research is driven by fundamental questions about computational intelligence and includes themes such as: knowledge capture, qualitative reasoning, learning by modelling, cognitive diagnose, and human-computer interaction. Bredeweg has published a significant number of refereed international academic publications, including 31 refereed journal papers, 70 refereed proceedings papers, 12 book chapters, and 11 edited collections (including 3 special issues of leading journals). In addition he has produced over 131 other academic publications, including 50 technical reports, 30 abstracts, and 51 papers in miscellaneous other proceedings.

The QR group within University of Amsterdam is widely recognised for their work on qualitative modelling and simulation. The group has worked for many years on applying qualitative reasoning to education and was leading the MONET Network of Excellence work on Education and Training. The QR group was a key partner in NaturNet-Redime project on sustainable development establishing the Garp3 workbench for qualitative reasoning ( The QR group also coordinates DynaLearn ( DynaLearn supports active learning, and engages learners in acquiring conceptual knowledge of how systems behave. It includes many advanced topics from the Intelligent Tutoring Systems area.

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