EAAI-11: The Second Symposium on Educational Advances in Artificial Intelligence

San Francisco, CA, USA    (Collocated with [AAAI-11](http://www.aaai.org/Conferences/AAAI/aaai11.php))
August 9-10, 2011

Sponsored by the [Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence](http://www.aaai.org/)


The Second Symposium on Educational Advances in Artificial Intelligence was held August 9-10, 2011, in conjunction with AAAI-11 in San Francisco, CA.

EAAI-11 provides a venue for researchers and educators to discuss pedagogical issues and share resources related to teaching AI and using AI in education across a variety of curricular levels (K-12 through postgraduate training), with a natural emphasis on undergraduate and graduate teaching and learning. The symposium seeks contributions showing how to more effectively teach AI, as well as how themes from AI may be used to enhance education more broadly (for example, in introductory computing courses or as a means for teaching computational thinking). We encourage the sharing of innovative educational approaches that convey or leverage AI and its many subfields: robotics, machine learning, natural language, computer vision, etc.

The proceedings of the symposium are available here.


Program Schedule

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Opening and Invited Talk

Paper Session I: Teaching AI with Games
Session chair: Zachary Dodds

Paper Session II: AI and Education
Session chair: Kiri Wagstaff

Model AI Assignments Session
Session chair: Todd Neller

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

EAAI-11 Teaching and Mentoring Workshop I

Teaching and Mentoring Workshop II: Active Learning Working Sessions

Small groups discuss ideas for how to teach specific AI topics in engaging ways (e.g., demos, interactive activities, case studies, student-led sessions, etc.).

Teaching and Mentoring Workshop III: Presentations and Review

Presentation and discussion of pedagogical approaches to teaching AI topics developed in the previous session.

Teaching and Mentoring Workshop IV: Teaching Challenges in the Classroom

Panel discussion on difficult teaching issues (e.g., academic integrity/cheating, balancing teaching with other obligations, classroom management, etc.). Share your challenging moments and discuss ideas for solutions.

CS2013: ACM/IEEE-CS Curriculum Revision
Mehran Sahami (Stanford University) and Zachary Dodds (Harvey Mudd College)

Overview of joint ACM/IEEE-CS CS2013 initiative to develop international guidelines for Computer Science Curriculum (to be released in 2013). This discussion will provide an overview of that effort, and then focus specifically on the proposed guidelines for curriculum in Intelligent Systems. Community feedback and engagement in the CS2013 effort is encouraged.

Invited Speaker

Illah R. Nourbakhsh

Carnegie Mellon University

Rethinking Educational Impact: Topical Robotics for Social Action
Over the past decade, the CREATE Lab has evolved a technology-teacher relationship and a student-technology relationship that rephrases technology fluency in terms of social impact. The resulting framework suggests that socially positive change and activated knowledge of robotics and AI can be co-explored, potentially engaging students more meaningfully and more equitably both in terms of socio-economic class and gender. In this talk, I will describe our experiences with topical robotics, including educational deployments from early learning years through adult education.


Information on how to register for EAAI-11 is available at the AAAI-11 registration website. There are two options:

Registration dates:


Student and Faculty Travel Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of the National Science Foundation, we are able to offer a limited number of scholarships to students and faculty to provide partial support for the costs involved in attending EAAI-11.

To apply for a scholarship, please send the following information to Kiri Wagstaff (kiri.wagstaff@jpl.nasa.gov) by the scholarship application deadline. We will notify you of scholarship decisions prior to the AAAI/EAAI early registration deadline.

  1. Put "EAAI Scholarship" in the subject line of your email.
  2. Submit:

    • Your CV (PDF preferred).
    • A statement (up to one page) of what you expect to gain by attending EAAI. Please include a list of courses recently taught (and any relevant innovations developed in those courses, if applicable) and/or courses you anticipate teaching in the coming academic year. Also, please list previous AAAI conferences attended, if any.
    • An itemized list of your expected travel costs (registration, transportation, hotel, etc.).

As a scholarship recipient, you will commit to:

  1. Attend EAAI and the EAAI Mentoring Workshop on August 9th and 10th.
  2. Submit a post-conference summary of your EAAI experience and feedback on what was useful and what could be improved. We will use this in our post-conference report to the NSF as well as to consider changes for the next EAAI.

Questions? Contact Kiri Wagstaff (kiri.wagstaff@jpl.nasa.gov).

Notes on minimizing attendance costs: Book your hotel as soon as possible and consider sharing a room to reduce costs.

Paper Submission

Paper submission deadline: February 22, 2011

EAAI-11 paper submissions should be in one of the following formats:

Author Registration
Authors must register at the EAAI-11 paper submission site. You will then receive a login and password via email, which will enable you to log on to submit an abstract and paper. In order to avoid a rush at the last minute, authors are encouraged to register well in advance of the paper submission deadline.

Abstract and Paper Submission
Complete details on submission requirements, including paper formatting guidelines, are available at the AAAI EAAI-11 web site. Please pay careful attention to the submission instructions provided.

The EAAI-11 proceedings will be published by AAAI.

Model AI Assignments
Individuals interested in submitting work to the Model AI Assignments Session should consult the submission instructions at the Model AI Assignments web site.


Program Chair

Organizing Committee

Program Committee

Eric Aaron, Wesleyan University
Christine Alvarado, Harvey Mudd College
Steven Bogaerts, Wittenberg University
Chris Brooks, Univ. San Francisco
Deb Burhans, Canisius College
Giuseppe Carenini, University of British Columbia
Robin Cohen, University of Waterloo
Diane Cook, Washington State University
Andrea Danyluk, Williams College
John DeNero, Google, Inc.
William Eberle, Tennessee Technological University
Doug Fisher, Vanderbilt University
Jeff Forbes, Duke University
Susan Fox, Macalester College
Emily Hamner, Carnegie Mellon University
David Kauchak, Pomona College
Simon Levy, Washington and Lee University
Chun-Wai Liew, Lafayette College
Alan Mackworth, University of British Columbia
Stephen Majercik, Bowdoin College
Jim Marshall, Sarah Lawrence College
Robert McCartney, University of Connecticut
R. Mark Meyer, Canisius College
Vibhu Mittal, Root-1 Research
Dave Musicant, Carleton College
Peter Norvig, Google, Inc.
Keith O'Hara, Bard College
Sara Owsley Sood, Pomona College
Jeffrey Pfaffmann, Lafayette College
David Poole, University of British Columbia
Vasile Rus, University of Memphis
Devika Subramanian, Rice University
Michael Wollowski, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology


EAAI-11 is grateful for generous support of the following sponsors:


National Science Foundation


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The following links are to various material on AAAI-11 and EAAI-11.