Dr. Danielle S. McNamara; Senior Research Scientist, Institute for the Science of Teaching and Learning, ASU
Professor, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University. Dr. McNamara develops educational technologies and conducts research to better understand cognitive processes of comprehension, learning, comprehension strategies, text coherence, and individual differences. She and her team have developed a number of educational technologies (e.g., iSTART, iSTART-ME, Coh-Metrix, and Writing-Pal). She is particularly interested in how the effects of such tools interact with individual differences and can be optimized for individual learners.
Dr. Renu Balyan; Postdoctoral Scholar, Institute for the Science of Teaching and Learning, ASU
Dr. Renu Balyan received her PhD in Machine Translation (MT) Evaluation from IIT Delhi in 2016. Her research primarily focuses on applying machine learning algorithms for various NLP tasks such as named entity recognition (NER) and sentiment analysis. She is also passionate about data aggregation, curation, preparation of data sets for predictive modeling and performing statistical analyses on data. She is currently working on aggregating both structured and unstructured data for texts as well as working towards designing an algorithm for text classification using linguistic indices..
Dr. Kathleen Corley; Postdoctoral Scholar, Institute for the Science of Teaching and Learning, ASU
Dr. Kathleen Corely's scholarship sits squarely at the intersection of language, culture, and education. She is currently working on intelligent tutoring systems projects designed to scaffold high school students' reading and writing skills development. Considering the need to improve education for marginalized students to be a social justice imperative, Dr. Corely is interested in leveraging educational technology as a means of increasing and enhancing learning opportunities..
Dr. Jianmin Dai; Assistant Research Professor, Institute for the Science of Teaching and Learning, ASU
Dr. Jianmin Dai received his PhD in System Engineering from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China in 2006, and served as a Postdoctoral Fellow on the Writing Pal project with Danielle McNamara from 2008-2011. Jianmin's primary interests are in R&D Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) and game-based education technology. His research focus is on the application of Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning in ITS and game-based education system.
Dr. Amy Johnson; Assistant Research Professor, Institute for the Science of Teaching and Learning, ASU
Dr. Amy Johnson received her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Memphis in 2011, and came to ASU as Assistant Research Scientist. Amy's primary interests concern effective integration of multiple external representations, successful engineering education environments, self-regulated learning with hypermedia, and optimal methods for educational technology. She currently works on design and development of iSTART for adult literacy learners.
Dr. Kristopher Kopp; Postdoctoral Scholar, Institute for the Science of Teaching and Learning, ASU
Dr. Kristopher Kopp received his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Northern Illinois University, and joined ASU as a Postdoctoral Scholar. He currently works on the adaptivity design and research for the Writing Pal system..
Dr. Aaron Likens; Postdoctoral Scholar, Institute for the Science of Teaching and Learning, ASU
Dr. Aaron Likens received his PhD in Cognitive Science from Arizona State University in 2016. His graduate work focused on applying principles and techniques derived from the study of complex, dynamical systems to a broad range of psychological phenomena (e.g., visual perception, motor control, human performance, and social interaction). He is broadly interested in extending dynamical systems theory to basic and applied cognitive problems. He is currently focused on understanding how multiple temporal and spatial scales interact in service of social interaction and text production.
Dr. Katie McCarthy; Postdoctoral Scholar, Institute for the Science of Teaching and Learning, ASU
Dr. Katie McCarthy earned her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2016. Katie is interested in how people learn from what they read and the higher order comprehension processes that occur during reading. She investigates how these processes are affected by textual features and as extra-textual features such as reader goals and prior knowledge. She works on the development of adaptive features within iSTART and on an ETS collaboration that explores how background knowledge affects text comprehension and learning in different domains..
Haojun Pei; Web Application Develope, Institute for the Science of Teaching and Learning, ASU
Haojun Pei graduated from Arizona State University with a master's degree in Electrical Engineering. Her interest is in programming and developing software for research purposes as well as industry use. She's currently involved in the new responsive design for iSTART project.
Dr. Michele Porter; Project Manager, Institute for the Science of Teaching and Learning, ASU
Dr. Michele Porter is the Project Manage for all grants and projects in the Science of Learning and Educational Technology Lab. She earned her Ph.D. in Family Studies at Arizona State University.