NLP Lab Receives the Best Paper Award at ICEduTech

The NLP lab recently received the best paper award at the IADIS International Conference on Educational Technologies (ICEduTech) 2015 in Santa Catarina, Brazil. The paper, "Student Behavior with Worked-out Examples in a Computer Science Intelligent Tutoring System", is part of ongoing research with the ChiQat-Tutor intelligent tutoring system. The authors are, Nick Green, Davide Fossati, Barbara Di Eugenio, Rachel Harsley, Omar AlZoubi, and Mehrdad Alizadeh.

Nick Green Receives the "50 for the Future" Award from the Illinois Technology Foundation

Nick Green (second from right), Computer Science PhD student, received the prestigious "50 for the Future" award from the Illinois Technology Foundation. This award is designed to recognize and honor the most promising technology students in Illinois.

The ITF Fifty for the Future® mobilizes academia and industry to support students across Illinois universities who aspire to greatness in the field of technology. In its 8th year, this event will honor Illinois students who have proven determination and foresight through their education and deeds in the application and development of technology. (

Lin Chen defends his PhD thesis (May 29, 2014)

Lin Chen successfully defended his PhD thesis, titled: "Towards Modeling Collaborative Task Oriented Multimodal Human-human Dialogues"

His committee included: Barbara Di Eugenio (advisor), Milos Zefran (ECE, UIC), Jason Leigh (UHawai'i Manoa), Piotr Gmytrasiewicz (UIC CS), Joyce Y. Chai (CSE Michigan State University)


Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 14:06
NLP lab lunch (May 7th, 2014)

We had fun celebrating the end of the AY 13-14 and  some nice accomplishments of the past year:

  • three PhD students taking their WCPs (Written Preliminary Exams): Green, Harsley and Randolph
  • three students graduating with their MS: Balasubramanyan, Miryani,  and Venkatarami
  • Prof. Di Eugenio being promoted to full professor


Lab Lunch

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 14:07
Dr. Barbara Di Eugenio was chosen as the recipient of American Women in Science (AWIS) Chicago's 7th Annual Innovator award (2013)

Dr. Barbara Di Eugenio was chosen as the recipient of American Women in Science (AWIS) Chicago's 7th Annual Innovator award, "for demonstrating innovative approaches in computational models of Natural Language Processing. Her work is applied to various interactive applications in education technology and human-robot interactions, where users can hold a natural conversation with a computer."

Dr. Di Eugenio was honored at the AWIS annual dinner on June 26th, 2013


Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 18:08
Prof. Barbara Di Eugenio receives funding from the Qatar Research Foundation

Professor Barbara Di Eugenio received a new award from the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). She is the sole UIC PI, and overall co-PI on a joint project in the total amount of $1,038,000, to conduct research on "Intelligent Learning Environments for Computer Science Undergraduate Education" (see abstract below). The PI is Davide Fossati, a former member of the NLP lab, who is now a faculty member at Carnegie-Mellon University-Qatar. The UIC portion is $346,854.

Abstract: "The goal of this proposal is to support Computer Science (CS) education at the undergraduate level. The Qatar National Vision 2030 emphasizes excellence in education to foster the development of a knowledge-based society. However, current Computer Science degree programs in Qatar suffer from very low enrollment and high attrition rates, mostly due to low achievement of students in their freshman and sophomore years. Our goal is to support students in learning concepts and skills that are known to be "stumbling blocks" to achievement and retention in CS, such as linked lists and recursion. Towards this end, we propose to develop and rigorously evaluate Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs) that can support student achievement in CS core courses. We will (a) systematically embody effective modes of instruction, such as demonstration via worked-out examples, within a novel ITS, ChiQat-Tutor; (b) integrate ChiQat-Tutor into the undergraduate CS curricula of universities in Qatar and the United States; and (c) conduct systematic evaluations of the learning environment as ChiQat-Tutor is used in actual CS courses.

QNRF was established in 2006 as part of the Qatar Research Foundation ongoing commitment to establish Qatar as a knowledge-based economy. QNRF aims to foster original, competitively selected research in engineering and technology, physical and life sciences, medicine, humanities, social sciences and the arts. In addition to funding, QNRF aims to encourage dialogue and partnerships. This award falls under their National Priorities Research Program.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 16:06
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