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Georgia Tech Division of Lifetime Learning hosted the AI for Lifetime Learning Symposium at the Global Learning Center, Amphitheater 222, on Thursday, April 4, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

The event brought together Tech's community of professionals working on AI for lifetime learning to develop a roadmap for research and development and establish the Institute as a leader in the field. Ashok Goel and Steve Harmon co-chaired the symposium, which included a panel, talks, and a poster session.


8:30 - 9 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast
9 – 9:05  a.m. 

Nelson C. Baker, inaugural interim dean of the Lifetime Learning Division and professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

9:05 – 9:35 a.m.

Opening Panel: Building Research Skills and Capacity with AI
Moderator: BONNIE FERRI, vice provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Education
Panelists: LAURA CARRUTH, assoc. vice provost, Transformative Teaching and Learning, executive director, Center for Teaching and Learning; LARRY HECK, co-head of the Artificial Intelligence Hub and professor, College of Computing; TOM GAYLORD, Julius Brown Chair Regents Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

9:35 – 10:05 a.m.

Classroom AI Use and its Social and Ethical Implications
Presenters: RONNIE GODSHALK, assoc. dean, Learning Systems, Division of Lifetime Learning; DAVID JOYNER, executive director, OMSCS and Online Education, and Zvi Galil PEACE chair, College of Computing

10:05 – 10:30 a.m.

Lightning Talks

Jill Watson: An AI Virtual Teaching Assistant, AI-ALOE research scientists PRATYUSHA MAITI, SANDEEP KAKAR, PLOY THAJCHAYAPONG, and KARAN TANEJA, doctoral student, College of Computing

AI Avatar to Augment Training for Effective Communication Skills, AMIT JARIWALA, director of Design and Innovation, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering 

AI as a Leadership and Collaboration Coach for Group Projects, VINCENT SPEZZO, assistant director Center for Teaching and Learning; ILYA GOKHMAN, faculty, Leadership Education and Development

Enhancing Graduate Admissions: Leveraging AI for Leadership Assessment in LORs, C21U: ADRIAN GALLARD, digital learning data analyst; MERYEM YILMAZ SOYLU, research analyst; JONNA LEE, director of Research in Education Innovation; RUSHIL DESAI, graduate research assistant

Exploring Students’ Learning Experience and Perceptions Towards Affordances of ChatGPT, C21U: JONNA LEE, director of Research in Education Innovation; MERYEM YILMAZ SOYLU, research analyst

10:30 – 10:50 a.m.

AI-Powered Rubric Design: Streamlining Assessment While Enhancing Student Learning
Presenter: AMANDA NOLEN, faculty teaching and learning specialist, Center for Teaching and Learning

10:50 - 11:20 a.m.

Poster Session / Break

Applying Natural Language Processing with Fine-Tuned Large Language Models to Streamline Student Survey Data in Large Enrollment Courses, Adi KRISH, undergraduate researcher, College of Computing; Gregory Stuart MAYER, academic professional, School of Mathematics

Considering Large Language Models for Intelligent Learner Assistance in Expressive Computing Environments, Shi DING, doctoral student, School of Literature, Media, and Communication

Critical Data Literacy for AI: Developing Middle Skill Computing Worker for Ethical and Fair AI, Betsy DISALVO, associate professor, School of Interactive Computing 

Fostering the Public’s Speculation Towards Large Generative Models with an Interactive Museum Installation, Chengzhi ZHANG, doctoral student, School of Literature, Media, and Communication

How to Integrate AI in Your Work Life, Pramod MISRA, graduate researcher, OMSCS, College of Computing

Inquiry-Based Learning in VERA, John KOS and Stephen BUCKLEY, graduate research assistants, College of Computing; Rahul DASS, AI research scientist, AI-ALOE

Ivy Poster, AI-ALOE: Rochan MADHUSUDHANA, undergraduate research fellow; Rahul DASS, AI research scientist

K-12 Engineering Teachers' Experience with the Engineering Design Process and ChapGPT, CEISMC: Sunni NEWTON, senior research scientist; Gennie MANSI, graduate research assistant; Meltem ALEMDAR, associate director, Educational Research and Evaluation and principal research scientist; Roxane MOORE, senior research engineer; Mark RIEDL, professor, College of Computing, and associate director, Machine Learning Center

Organizational Attitudes in a University Setting Toward Adopting AI, Sarah MATHEW, doctoral student, College of Computing

SAMI: A Social AI Actor for Online Classrooms, Sandeep KAKAR research scientist, AI-ALOE

Shape Machine: Programming with Shapes, Russell NEWTON, graduate research assistant, College of Computing; Thanos ECONOMOU, professor, School of Architecture

Socratic Mind: Scalable Oral Assessment Powered by AI, Jui-Tse HUNG and Christopher CUI, graduate research assistants, College of Computing; Eunhee SOHN, assistant professor, Scheller College of Business

Using Learning Analytics to Determine Wheel Spinning in Open Domain Learning Environments, John KOS, graduate research assistant, College of Computing

11:20 – 11:40 a.m.

GT^AI: Empowering Georgia Tech Faculty and Students with the AI Virtual Assistant (AVA)
Presenter: LARRY HECK, co-head, Artificial Intelligence Hub, professor, College of Computing

11:40 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. 

Lightning Talks

AI Augmented Architecture for Learning (A4L) AI-ALOE research scientists VRINDA NANDAN and PLOY THAJCHAYAPONG

AI Is a Fundamental Literacy for All Students, BRYAN COX, research associate, Kapor Center Senior Research Fellow, Constellations Center for Equity in Computing 

Ethical and Effective Use of AI and LLMs in the Classroom: Fostering Information Literacy in 1st Year College Students, JUSTIN ELLIS, digital learning and instruction librarian, Georgia Tech Library

AI Applications in the Workplace for Adults with Disabilities, HUNTER McFERON, services acquisition manager, Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation

How AI Is Changing the Industrial Design Process, HERB VELAZQUEZ, professor of practice, School of Industrial Design

12:05 – 12:25 p.m.

Lessons for Georgia Tech from AI-ALOE
Presenter: ASHOK GOEL, professor of computer science and human-centered computing, School of Interactive Computing, chief scientist, C21U

12:25 – 12:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks
Steve Harmon, executive director, C21U, associate dean of research, GTPE, professor, School of Industrial Design