Dr. Robert A. Sottilare is the Adaptive Training Research Lead at the US Army Natick Soldier Center where the focus of his research is automated authoring, instructional management, and analysis tools and methods for intelligent tutoring systems (ITSs). He is a co-creator of the Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring (GIFT), an open source, AI-based adaptive instructional architecture. He is also the lead editor for the Design Recommendations for Intelligent Tutoring Systems book series and founder/chair of the GIFT Users Symposia. Dr. Sottilare is a member of the IEEE and AI in Education Society. He is widely published and is a frequent speaker at the Defense & Homeland Security Simulation (DHSS) Workshop, the Florida AI Research Society, Augmented Cognition, and AI in Education conferences. Dr. Sottilare is also a faculty scholar and adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida where he teaches a graduate level course in ITS design. He is also a frequent lecturer at the United States Military Academy (USMA) where he teaches a senior level colloquium on ITS design. He is the recipient of two lifetime achievement awards in Modeling & Simulation: US Army RDECOM (2012; inaugural recipient) and National Training & Simulation Association (2015; Governor’s Award – highest level).
Dr. Andrew J. Hampton studied at the University of Central Florida and the Burnett Honors College on a full National Merit scholarship. After graduating with a B.S. in psychology and a minor in cognitive science, he entered the Wright State Human Factors/Industrial Organizational doctoral program in the fall of 2011 where he worked as a graduate research and teaching assistant and as a graduate teaching assistant, while also co-founding the Professional Development Group, a graduate student organization developed to encourage independent initiatives. While at Wright State, he earned his Master’s degree in 2013, the pro-gram’s Graduate Student Excellence Award in 2014, and his PhD in 2018. In 2016, he accepted a position as a researcher under Art Graesser at the Institute for Intelligent Systems, within the University of Memphis. There, in addition to his research duties, he has taken on responsibilities as coordinator for a grant with the Office of Naval Research, and project manager for ElectronixTutor, a platform integrating several intelli-gent tutoring systems in a common interface. His work won the 2016 Human Factors Prize for Excellence in Human Factors/Ergonomics Research, focusing on Big Data analytics. Andrew’s research interests in-clude technologically mediated communication, psycholinguistics, semiotics, intelligent tutoring systems, artificial intelligence, and political psychology.
Jody L. Cockroft is a Research Specialist at the University of Memphis in the Institute for Intelligent Systems. Prior to joining the University of Memphis, she was with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis where she was involved in with various clinical trials and bench research for over twenty years. She earned her A.A. from the University of Tampa and her B.S. from the University of Memphis. She has been working with Xiangen Hu and Arthur Graesser for the past two years on the Army Research Laboratory project on the Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring (GIFT) and the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Academy projects and the Advanced Learning Theories, Technologies, Applications and Impacts (ALTTAI) Consortium efforts.
Dr. Benjamin Goldberg is a member of the Learning in Intelligent Tutoring Environments (LITE) Lab at the Natick Soldier Research and Development Center’s Simulation and Training Technology Center in Orlando, FL. He has been conducting research in intelligent tutoring for the past ten years with a focus on adaptive learning in simulation-based environments and how to leverage Artificial Intelligence tools and methods to create personalized learning experiences. Dr. Goldberg holds a Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida in Modeling & Simulation.
Dr. Paula Durlach received her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Yale University in 1982, and subsequently held fellowship positions at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Cambridge. From 1987 to 1994, she was an assistant professor of psychology at McMaster University and then went on to lead the exploratory consumer science team at Unilever Research Colworth Laboratory in the U. K. She returned to the U. S. in 2001 to join the U. S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences. From 2012 – 2015, she served as the Deputy Director of the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative. She is currently on the staff of US Army Research Laboratory where she maintains interest in adaptive training. Dr. Durlach has received recognition for her work in experimental psychology and cognitive science at the Army Science Conference and from the Department of Army Research and Development. She is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and member of the Experimental Psychology Society, the Psychonomic Society, and the Society for Artificial Intelligence in Education. With Dr. Alan Lesgold, she co-edited the book, Adaptive Technologies for Training and Education, published in 2012, and has also published research in journals such as International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, Military Psychology, Computers in Human Behavior, and Human-Computer Interaction.