The National Science Foundation
AI Institute for Engaged Learning
The Engage AI Institute is creating narrative-centered learning environments that generate engaging interactive story-based problem scenarios that elicit rich communication, require coordination, and spark collaborative creativity. The narrative-centered learning environments will feature embodied conversational agents that play a wide range of roles to engage students in authentic problem-solving scenarios.
Embodied Conversational Agents
The Engage AI Institute is creating embodied conversational agent technologies with multiple modalities for communication (natural language, facial expression, gesture, gaze, and posture) to support engaging learning interactions. Embodied conversational agents will be driven by advances in natural language understanding, natural language generation, and computer vision.
Multimodal Learning Analytics
The Engage AI Institute is creating an innovative multimodal learning analytics framework that analyzes parallel streams of multimodal data (including video and audio data) derived from students’ conversations, gaze, facial expressions, gesture, and posture as they interact with each other, with teachers, and with embodied conversational agents.
The Engage AI Institute’s research is informed by connections with diverse stakeholders to ensure that the Institute’s learning environments are ethically designed and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. Woven throughout the Institute’s activities is a strong focus on ethics, with an emphasis on creating AI-augmented learning that is deeply informed by considerations of fairness, accountability, transparency, trust, and privacy.
Multi-Institutional Interdisciplinary Team and Partner Organizations
The Engage AI Institute is producing transformative advances in STEM teaching and learning by bringing together a large team of computer scientists and education researchers from North Carolina State University, Indiana University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt University, and Digital Promise. The Institute’s partners include a national network of K-12 schools, museums, and non-profit organizations. The Institute's nexus will facilitate engagement of educators, policy makers, edtech platform developers, and other stakeholders in the Institute's activities and its development of ethical and equitable approaches to AI in learning.
Tiffany Barnes (North Carolina State University)