The IntelliMedia Group is dedicated to bringing about dramatic improvements in human-computer interaction and communication. With a focus on advanced learning technologies, we develop intelligent tutoring systems and game-based learning environments that artfully leverage interactive digital media to create effective, engaging learning experiences. By fusing human language technologies and adaptive reasoning techniques from artificial intelligence with new media and game technologies, we design and investigate high-impact interactive learning systems.
Motivated by the demands of twenty-first century learning and teaching, we design intelligent learning environments that utilize technologies ranging from virtual humans and natural language processing to intelligent user interfaces, affective computing, and computational models of interactive narrative. Our work is guided by the belief that fundamental advances in human-centered computing are best achieved with an empirically grounded, theory-driven approach to research and development that emphasizes both technology innovation and rigorous human subject studies.
Founded in 1994, a distinguishing feature of the IntelliMedia Group is a deep commitment to interdisciplinary research and development. Housed in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University, the great majority of our work is conducted collaboratively with colleagues in the learning sciences and new media. We have longstanding collaborations with colleagues in NC State’s College of Education, the College of Design, and the William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. Through a strong partnership with the Friday Institute, we conduct large-scale studies of new learning technologies in public school systems. We work closely with artists and animators in NC State’s internationally recognized College of Design.
Support for our work has been provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. NSF supports our work through the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering and the Directorate for Education & Human Resources. NSF programs supporting our work include the Human-Centered Computing Program, the CreativeIT Program, the Cyber-Human Systems Program, the Discovery Research K-12 Program, the EHR Core Research Program, the Informal Science Education Program, the Computing Education for the Twenty-First Century Program, and the Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering Program.