Department of Software and Computing Systems


Title:Towards Student-Centric AI-Supported Learning: Teaching Chatbots to Ask the Right Questions Import to your calendar:
Xarrada científica
Presenter:Lucile Favero, PhD student
Venue:Salón de Actos, Edificio Politécnica 4, Universidad de Alicante,
Date&time:11:30 01/03/2024
Estimated duration:1:30 horas
Contact person:

Pérez Ortiz, Juan Antonio (japerez[Perdone'm]
In the rapidly evolving landscape of educational technology, the integration of
Large Language Model (LLM)-based chatbots presents a transformative opportunity
to enhance learning experiences. Our project introduces "Maike",
an innovative educational chatbot designed to revolutionize the traditional
learning paradigm by fostering critical thinking, purposeful learning, and
self-efficacy among students. Unlike conventional chatbots that provide
immediate answers, Maike employs Socratic dialogues to engage students,
prompting them to explore and reflect upon their queries through guided
questions. During this presentation, we will delve into a comprehensive
literature review highlighting the significance of such technologies in
education and detail the theoretical framework underpinning Maike.

Short Bio: Lucile Favero is an ELLIS PhD student, with a bachelor’s degree in
mathematics from the University of Geneva and a master’s degree in Mathematics
and Neuroscience. In her master thesis in Mathematics, directed by Dr. Sylvain
Sardy, she developed a machine learning model to optimize heat pump systems. In
parallel, in her neuroscience studies, Lucile did a full-time internship for
three years under the supervision of Dr. Giulio Matteucci at the El-Boustani
laboratory. There, she implemented a decision-making model that promises to
provide invaluable information to experimenters when designing, analyzing
and refining behavioral tasks. Lucile is currently pursuing her PhD studies
under the guidance of Dr. Nuria Oliver (ELLIS Alicante), Dr. Tanja Kaser
(EPFL) and Dr. Juan Antonio Pérez Ortiz (UA) focusing on the integration of
the Socratic method in chatbot development to improve educational outcomes.

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