Awards

October 2017

Dr. Angella Musiimenta (Mbarara University of Science and Technology) wins the BMBF German-African Innovation Award for a joint project proposal with Prof. Niels Pinkwart. The overall goal of the "MatHealth" project is to improve maternal health using an enhanced mobile phone-based multimedia application among illiterate women in rural southwestern Uganda.

November 2016

Monika Domanska is finalilist at the Forum Junge Spitzenforscher: DIGITALISIERUNG IN DEN LEBENSWISSENSCHAFTEN.

September 2016

The bachelor thesis of Laura Wartschinski with the topic A Conversational Agent for the Improvement of Human Reasoning Skills wins the German Computer Science Association award for the best 2016 bachelor thesis in Germany in the field of eLearning.

May 2015

The master thesis of Michael Rücker with the topic Petrinetze in der Schule: Ein Spiralcurriculum für die Sekundarstufen I und II wins the annual award for the best thesis in the Computer Science institute of HU Berlin.

June 2014

The paper "Wiederverwendbarkeit von Programmieraufgaben durch Interoperabilität von Programmierlernsystemen", written by Sven Strickroth, Michael Striewe, Oliver Müller, Uta Priss, Sebastian Becker, Oliver J. Bott and Niels Pinkwart, is nominated for the Best Paper Award at the 12th eLearning Conference of the German Computer Science Society (DELFI 2014). The paper proposes an exchange format for programming exercises that has been pilot tested in a number of systems.

October 2012

The master's thesis of Sven Strickroth on recommender systems in small and regional communities, written within the HCIS research group in the Mobile2Learn project, was elected to win a sponsorship award by the association of friends of Clausthal University of Technology.

June 2012

The paper "Feedback Provision Strategies in Intelligent Tutoring Systems Based on Clustered Solution Spaces", written by Sebastian Gross, Bassam Mokbel, Barbara Hammer and Niels Pinkwart, is nominated for the Best Paper Award at the 10th eLearning Conference of the German Computer Science Society (DELFI 2012). The paper proposes the provision of feedback in ITS systems based on solution spaces which are automatically clustered by machine learning techniques operating on sets of student solutions, and presents a validation of the approach in an expert evaluation with a data set from a programming course.

October 2010

The diploma thesis of Christopher Mumme on sales agents in cooperative virtual 3D worlds, written within the HCIS research group, was elected to win a sponsorship award by the association of friends of Clausthal University of Technology.

August 2010

The game "Parcours", developed in the Department of Informatics at Clausthal by Tim Warnecke and Patrick Dohrmann (project advisors: Prof. Rausch and Prof. Pinkwart) wins the "SMART Multitouch Application Contest". The cooperative game is designed to teach physical coordination and logical thinking for primary school kids - the price for winning the contest is a multitouch table that our cooperating primary school in Hahndorf (Goslar) will receive so that the kids in this school can play "Parcours"! See here for a video of the game.

June 2010

Niels Pinkwart receives an "outstanding reviewer award" at the 10th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems.

October 2009

The diploma thesis of Frank Loll on collaborative filtering algorithms applied to eLearning was elected to win a sponsorship award by the association of friends of Clausthal University of Technology.

September 2008

The DFG supports the research group of Prof. Pinkwart with approximately 164 K€. The grant is awarded for the research project "Learning to Argue: Generalized Support Across domains (LASAD)" which was proposed jointly by Bruce McLaren (DFKI) and Niels Pinkwart. The total DFG funding for LASAD is approximately 344 K€. The aim of the project is to create a generalized framework and methodology for the construction of argumentation support systems to help students learn argumentation in different domains.

April 2007

The DFG awards a travel grant to Niels Pinkwart in order to support his attendance of the 13th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED 2007) and his presentation of the paper "Evaluating Legal Argument Instruction with Graphical Representations Using LARGO" (co-authored with Vincent Aleven, Kevin Ashley and Collin Lynch). The paper shows the results of a first empirical evaluation of the Intelligent Tutoring system LARGO.

September 2006

Niels Pinkwart and his colleagues Vincent Aleven, Kevin Ashley, and Collin Lynch win the Best Paper Award at the 4th eLearning Conference of the German Computer Science Society (DELFI 2006) for their paper "Schwachstellenermittlung und Rückmeldungsprinzipen in einem intelligenten Tutorensystem für juristische Argumentation". The paper presents the ITS system LARGO and focuses on the AI strategies within the system that determine which feedback message (out of many possible) to offer the users.

June 2006

The paper "Toward Legal Argument Instruction with Graph Grammars and Collaborative Filtering Techniques", written by Niels Pinkwart and his colleagues Vincent Aleven, Kevin Ashley and Collin Lynch, is nominated for the Best Paper Award at the 8th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS 2006). The paper introduces the technology underlying the novel intelligent tutoring system LARGO (Legal ARGument Graph Observer), which is designed to help law students acquire argumentation and hypothetical reasoning skills.

December 2004

iPal, a web portal co-designed by Niels Pinkwart and Andreas Harrer, wins the 1st Prize for the best online lecture support system in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Duisburg-Essen. The price is awarded for the support of the "Software" lecture.

July 2003

The Martial Vivet Best Paper Prize for Young Researchers at the 11th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED 2003) is awarded to Niels Pinkwart for his paper "A Plug-In Architecture for Graph Based Collaborative Modeling Systems". The paper presents the concepts and architecture of "Cool Modes", a collaborative modeling framework.