I am a phd candidate in Computer Science department in Worcester Polytechnic Institute. I am passionate about creating interactive learning environments that are engaging as well as effective. For my dissertation, I am exploring different ways of making computer tutors more game-like. I am looking at cognitive, metacognitive and affective modes of game-like interventions. Prof. Joseph E. Beck is my research advisor and my mentor. I also work closely with Prof. Ivon Arroyo.
Wayang Outpost:Wayang Outpost is an intelligent multimedia based tutoring system developed at Umass Amherst. The tutor helps prepare middle and high school students for standardized math tests. Wayang provides self-paced review for students preparing for college level mathematics and adults who want to refresh their math skills.
I am designing and developing metacognitive support for the students using the tutor.
“Mosaic” is a math game where players solve math problems to generate tiles that can be placed inside a mosaic. There are mosaics of different cities from different countries. Each city is associated with a math skill, for example: New York is associated with ‘calculating area and perimeter’, Baghdad with ‘circles and arcs’ and Beijing with ‘triangles’. This game will be attached with a math tutor so that the students can do back and forth between the tutor and game, learning in one and applying in another.