H. Chad Lane
Institute for Creative Technologies
H. Chad Lane’s research involves applications of artificial intelligence to educational problems. He joined the USC Institute for Creative Technologies in 2004 where his work has focused on issues related to learning in game-based and informal learning environments. The central aim of this effort has been to augment systems with automated guidance and feedback, in order to ensure that learners acquire the knowledge that the systems intend to teach. Recently, Lane was a co-PI on the Responsive Virtual Human Museum Guides project where he directed the development of Coach Mike, a pedagogical agent that teaches programming at the Boston Museum of Science.
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of his research, Lane has ongoing collaborations with cognitive and educational psychologists from the Army Research Institute (ARI), the USC Rossier School of Education, and the USC Keck School of Medicine. In addition, he has worked closely with U.S. Army instructors and subject-matter experts to both understand their pedagogical approaches, as well as to integrate computer-based training support into Army programs of instruction.
The tutoring team, lead by Lane and Mark Core, will next shift their focus to pedagogical authoring tools for virtual-human based systems. The approach, called situated pedagogical authoring, will allow a non-expert to populate models of expert performance and feedback by interacting with a system as the learner will see it. Authors will be asked to simulate expert and novice performance, and from this it will infer appropriate intelligent tutoring interventions.
Lane earned his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2004 and has over 40 publications in AI and the learning sciences. For the past two years he has served on the executive committee for the AIED Society and on the Senior Program committee for the AIED and ITS conferences. He is also serving on the advisory board (of 8 members) and was editor for the prestigious NSF Cyberlearning Summit in January of 2012.