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Researcher working on computer-based learning system to gauge kids’ emotions

Posted on: November 14, 2013

Source: Times of India, 14.11.2013
MUMBAI: A child who is studying may go through emotions like confusion, boredom, frustration and excitement. Now, an intelligent tutor can read the emotion a student is experiencing.

Ramkumar Rajendran, a research scholar at the IITB-Monash Research Academy in the city, is currently researching the development of a mathematical model for an intelligent tutoring system (ITS) which predicts and addresses the emotions of students as they interact with the system, making the teaching-learning process more effective.

An ITS adapts the learning content based on students’ performance, previous knowledge and background. Computer-based self-learning systems like the ITS allow a user to learn their topic of interest at their own pace.

Frustration with a learning system may cause a student to drop that topic.

If these affective states can be identified and predicted by the ITS, the role of states like frustration in learning can be minimized.

“Rajendran’s research in developing this mathematical model for predicting affective states such as frustration in ITS’ usage is a radical improvement on the way current commercial ITS works,” Mohan Krishnamoorthy, CEO of the academy, said.

The model developed by Rajendran is based on the information available in the log file of Mindspark, a maths ITS.

“Our research is preliminary, and a first step in real-time emotion identification in commercial ITS. However, I personally believe that in a decade or less the way of interacting with computer-based technology will be entirely different from how we interact with systems now,” Rajendran said.

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