The foundations and architecture of autotutor

Peter Wiemer-Hastings, Arthur C. Graesser, Derek Harter, Stan Franklin, Max Garzon, Barry Gholson, Doug Hacker, Xiangen Hu, Roger Kreuz, Bill Marks, Natalie Person, Fergus Nolan, Ashraf Anwar, Myles Bogner, Derek Harter, Lee McCauley, Zhaohua Zhang, Jim Hoeffner, Bianca Klettke, Kristen LinkBrent Olde, Victoria Pomeroy, Katja Wiemer-Hastings, Holly Yetman, Scotty Craig, Patrick Chipman, Melissa Ring, Charles Webster

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The Tutoring Research Group at the University of Memphis is developing an intelligent tutoring system which takes advantages of recent technological advances in the areas of semantic processing of natural language, world knowledge representation, multimedia interfaces, and fuzzy descriptions. The tutoring interaction is based on in-depth studies of human tutors, both skilled and unskilled. Latent semantic analysis will be used to semantically process and provide a representation for the student’s contributions. Fuzzy production rules select appropriate topics and tutor dialogue moves from a rich curriculum script. The production rules will implement a variety of different tutoring styles, from a basic untrained tutor to one which uses sophisticated pedagogical strategies. The tutor will be evaluated on the naturalness of its interaction, with Turing-style tests, by comparing different tutoring styles, and by judging learning outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIntelligent Tutoring Systems - 4th International Conference, ITS 1998, Proceedings
EditorsBarry P. Goettl, Valerie J. Shute, Henry M. Halff, Carol L. Redfield
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)3540647708, 9783540647706
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes
Event4th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, ITS 1998 - San Antonio, United States
Duration: Aug 16 1998Aug 19 1998

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other4th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, ITS 1998
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Antonio

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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