Awards

September 2014

The DFG supports the research group of Prof. Pinkwart with approximately 275 K€. The grant is awarded for the research project "Learning Dynamic Feedback in Intelligent Tutoring Systems (DynaFIT)" which was proposed jointly by Niels Pinkwart and Barbara Hammer (University of Bielefeld). The DynaFIT project, a continuation of the FIT project, will be conducted as part of the DFG priority programme "Autonomous Learning". The aim of DynaFIT is to develop machine learning models which can generalize across different tasks and user behaviors and, based thereon, to enhance FIT ITSs via dynamic user-adaptive feedback and open learner models in ill-defined domains.

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 2011

The DFG supports the research group of Prof. Pinkwart with approximately 250 K€. The grant is awarded for the research project "Learning Feedback in Intelligent Tutoring Systems (FIT)" which was proposed jointly by Niels Pinkwart and Barbara Hammer (University of Bielefeld). The FIT project will be conducted as part of the DFG priority programme "Autonomous Learning". The aim of FIT is to devise machine learning methods that are capable of learning solution spaces to ill-defined problems and, based on this, to provide appropriate feedback to students.

August 2011

Within the programme "Qualitätspakt Lehre", the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funds the project "eCult" (eCompetence and Utilities for Learners and Teachers) with 5.45 million €. Coordinated by the University of Osnabrück, this project is a joint activitiy of 13 partners and aims at improving the use of digial learning technologies in University Education. For Clausthal University, the HCIS research group and the computing centre participate in the project. The funding awarded for the TUC parts of the project is approx. 300 K€.

February 2011

The DFG supports the research group of Prof. Pinkwart with approximately 186 K€. The grant is awarded for continuing the research project "Learning to Argue: Generalized Support Across domains (LASAD)" lead by Niels Pinkwart and Bruce McLaren (Saarland University).

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

Within the nifbe (Lower Saxony Institute for Early Childhood Education and Development) framework, the State of Lower Saxony supports the research group of Prof. Pinkwart. The grant is awarded for the research project mobile2learn which was proposed jointly by Niels Pinkwart, Jörg Müller and the KVHS Goslar. The total funding for the project is approximately 100 K€. In the project, we will design, implement and test a combination of a web-based community platform with mobile phone access and field activities to support parents of young children.

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.

October 2008

Within its "Project-based Personnel Exchange Programme" for 2009, the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) awards a grant of approx. 8 K€ to the research group of Prof. Pinkwart. Within the project "Engaging students in learning argumentation through intelligent collaboration technologies", Prof. Pinkwart and his colleagues at CMU (Vincent Aleven) and at the University of Pittsburgh (Kevin Ashley, Collin Lynch) will modify the existing LARGO program so that it engages students more actively.

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.

February 2006

The DFG awards a travel grant to Niels Pinkwart. This allows him to present his dissertation work at a colloquium at Schloss Dagstuhl. The PhD thesis "Collaborative Modeling in Graph Based Environments" of Niels Pinkwart is nominated for the Dissertation Award of the GI and elected the best Computer Science dissertation 2005 at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

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.

1995-1999

Niels Pinkwart receives a scholarship by the German National Academic Foundation.