Sensors model student self concept in the classroom

David G. Cooper, Ivon Arroyo, Beverly Park Woolf, Kasia Muldner, Winslow Burleson, Robert Christopherson

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In this paper we explore findings from three experiments that use minimally invasive sensors with a web based geometry tutor to create a user model. Minimally invasive sensor technology is mature enough to equip classrooms of up to 25 students with four sensors at the same time while using a computer based intelligent tutoring system. The sensors, which are on each student's chair, mouse, monitor, and wrist, provide data about posture, movement, grip tension, arousal, and facially expressed mental states. This data may provide adaptive feedback to an intelligent tutoring system based on an individual student's affective states. The experiments show that when sensor data supplements a user model based on tutor logs, the model reflects a larger percentage of the students' self-concept than a user model based on the tutor logs alone. The models are further expanded to classify four ranges of emotional self-concept including frustration, interest, confidence, and excitement with over 78% accuracy. The emotional predictions are a first step for intelligent tutor systems to create sensor based personalized feedback for each student in a classroom environment. Bringing sensors to our children's schools addresses real problems of students' relationship to mathematics as they are learning the subject.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUser Modeling, Adaptation, and Personalization - 17th International Conference, UMAP 2009 formerly UM and AH, Proceedings
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2009
Event17th International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation, and Personalization, UMAP 2009 - Trento, Italy
Duration: Jun 22 2009Jun 26 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5535 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other17th International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation, and Personalization, UMAP 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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