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Vincent Aleven <[log in to unmask]>
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         -----------------------> Free! <------------------------

                                 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

           4th Annual Summer School on Intelligent Tutoring Systems
       to be held at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
                      Monday, June 28 - Friday, July 2

         -----------------------> Free! <------------------------

* An intensive, five-day course focused on the development of intelligent
   tutoring systems and tutorial dialogue systems.

* The course will provide both conceptual background knowledge on intelligent
   tutoring systems and hands-on experience with state-of-the-art tools.

* This summer for the first time we are adding the use of natural
   language dialogue technology as a significant component in the course.

* Participation is free!

* The summer school will immediately follow the ICLS 2004 conference held in
   Santa Monica, CA - June 22-26, 2004. See

* Application deadline: April 30, Notification of acceptance May 7.


We invite applications for participation in an 
intensive 1-week summer school on building 
intelligent tutoring systems and tutorial 
dialogue systems. The summer school will provide 
a conceptual background and considerable hands-on 
experience in developing computer-based tutors.


The summer school will last five days. Each day 
will include lectures, discussion sessions, and 
laboratory sessions where the participants will 
work on developing a small prototype tutoring 
system in an area of math, science, or language 
learning. The participants will use state of the 
art tools for tutor development and natural 
language technology, including the Cognitive 
Tutor Authoring Tools (CTAT) being developed at 
Carnegie Mellon University and Worcester 
Polytechnic Institute, the Carmel Tools for 
developing natural language understanding 
systems, created at the University of Pittsburgh 
and Carnegie Mellon University, and the KCD 
Development Toolkit for developing "knowledge 
construction dialogues," created at the 
University of Pittsburgh. On the last day, 
student teams will present their accomplishments 
to the rest of the participants, followed by a 
"graduation" party. Participants will be expected 
to do some preparation before the summer schools 


For those who would like to get more information 
prior to submitting an application, the following 
downloadable papers provide background about the 
topics, technology, and tools that will be 
discussed during the summer school.

Cognitive Tutors

CTAT (Cognitive Tutor Authoring Tools)

Authoring environment for developing knowledge construction dialogues

A behavior oriented authoring environment for 
building language understanding modules


The course instructors will be:

Dr. Kenneth R. Koedinger
Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Neil T. Heffernan
Computer Science Dept.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Vincent Aleven
Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Carolyn Penstein Rosť
Language Technologies Institute
Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Kurt VanLehn
Learning Research and Development Center
University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Maxine Eskenazi
Language Technologies Institute
Carnegie Mellon University

All instructors have considerable experience in 
research and development in intelligent tutoring 
systems and tutorial dialogue systems. Members of 
the team have taught summer schools three years 
in a row. All have taught similar material as 
semester-long courses. They look forward to the 
more intensive, hands-on context of a summer 


The course is intended for anyone with the 
appropriate computational background and 
educational zeal to actually build an intelligent 
tutoring system. This could include seasoned 
edutech researchers, advanced graduate students, 
computationally sophisticated teachers and 
commercial or military instructional developers.


Applicants should send a curriculum vitae and a 
1-page letter explaining why they are interested 
in attending and indicating any relevant 
experience (e.g., programming, cognitive task 
analysis, cognitive modeling, production  rule 
programming). Email applications are encouraged. 
Please send applications to:

Jo Bodnar
Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
+1 (412) 268-6162

Email: [log in to unmask]


The deadline for applications is April 30, 2004. 
Admission decisions will be made by May 7, 2004.


This year, there will be no charge for attending 
the summer school. Participants will be 
responsible for paying for their own travel, 
meals and lodging. Usually, dorm rooms at the CMU 
campus are available. Academic credit is not 
available, although participants will receive a 
certificate verifying their participation.


Please address inquiries to Dr. Vincent Aleven, [log in to unmask]