Kurt VanLehn is the Diane and Gary Tooker Chair for Effective Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. He received a doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983 in computer science, was a postdoctoral fellowship at BBN and Xerox PARC, joined the faculty of Carnegie-Mellon University in 1985, moved to the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 and joined ASU in 2008. He founded and co-directed two large National Sciences Foundation research centers (Circle; the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center). He has published more than 125 peer-reviewed publications, is a fellow in the Cognitive Science Society, and is on the editorial boards of Cognition and Instruction and the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education. VanLehn’s research focuses on intelligent tutoring systems, classroom orchestration systems, and other intelligent interactive instructional technology.
Robot coworkers: How AI impacts the future of work
What happens when technology advancements threaten to automate people’s jobs?
That question is on the minds of many as research and development in artificial intelligence and machine learning rapidly advances.
Recently ASU received a million dollar NSF Convergence Accelerator Grant to create autonomous systems that are not only more adaptable and efficient in manufacturing environments, but also have built-in adaptive tutoring systems that will cooperate with factory workers and retrain them to use AI technology so they are not displaced from their jobs. This multidisciplinary project is focused on using AI to augment the workplace rather than replace workers.