H. Chad Lane
for Creative Technologies
12015 Waterfront Drive
Playa Vista, CA 90094
310-301-5015 (o) / 310-574-5725 (f)
email: my-last-name <AT> ict.usc.edu
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|What I do
I am interested in helping people learn with the support of intelligent technologies. Most of this work involves the application of artificial intelligence (AI) and video game techniques to educational problems, such as fostering complex problem solving skills and promoting engagement in learning situations. Generally, USC ICT seeks to leverage the creative skills of video game developers and script writers to incorporate things like story and humor into virtual learning environments. Much of my work involves the creation of algorithms to coordinate these techniques with classic intelligent tutoring system (ITS) tasks, such as delivering feedback and assessing performance. Tensions certainly arise between the goal of "entertaining" and the goal of teaching, but they don't have to. In general, we seek to build systems that reap the benefits of timely and appropriate guidance, but maintain the engagement, motivation, and interest that narrative-based learning contexts seem to afford. We work closely with virtual human researchers at ICT and in a variety of task domains such as intercultural communication, counseling/leadership, informal science education, and even pediatric obesity.
Computer Science, University of
Pittsburgh, 2004. advisor: Kurt VanLehn.
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updated 9 Apr 2013