EAAI-10: The First Symposium on Educational Advances in Artificial Intelligence

Atlanta, Georgia, USA    (Collocated with [AAAI-10](http://www.aaai.org/Conferences/AAAI/aaai11.php))
July 13-14, 2010

Sponsored by the [Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence](http://www.aaai.org/)
In cooperation with [ACM](http://www.acm.org/) [SIGART](http://www.sigart.org/) and [SIGCSE](http://www.sigcse.org/)


The First Symposium on Educational Advances in Artificial Intelligence will be held July 13-14, 2010 in conjunction with AAAI-10 in Atlanta, Georgia.

EAAI-10 provides a venue for researchers and educators to discuss pedagogical issues and share resources related to teaching AI and using AI in education across a variety of curricular levels (K-12 through postgraduate training), with a natural emphasis on undergraduate and graduate teaching and learning. The symposium seeks contributions showing how to more effectively teach AI, as well as how themes from AI may be used to enhance education more broadly; for example in introductory computing courses or as a means for teaching computational thinking. We encourage the sharing of innovative educational approaches that convey or leverage AI and its many subfields, e.g., robotics, machine learning, natural language, computer vision, etc.

The proceedings of the symposium are available here.


  • February 23, 2010: Author registration and electronic paper submission deadline
  • March 26, 2010: Author notification
  • April 13, 2010: Camera-ready copy due at AAAI office

Program Schedule

Note: While EAAI-10 starts on Tuesday, July 13th, attendees may also be interested in attending the Robotics Education Track of the AAAI-10 Robotics Workshop from 3pm-5pm on Monday, July 12th. More information is available on the Robotics Education Track is available here.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Opening and Invited Talk

  • Welcome
    Mehran Sahami, EAAI-10 Chair
  • EAAI-10 Invited Talk:
    Technology for Teaching the Rest of Us
    Mark Guzdial (Georgia Tech)

Paper Session I: Teaching AI
Session chair: Zachary Dodds

  • Teaching Introductory Artificial Intelligence with Pacman
    John DeNero, Dan Klein (UC Berkeley)
  • A Course-long Information Retrieval Project
    David Kauchak (Pomona College)
  • An Action Research Report from a Multi-Year Approach to Teaching AI at the K-6 Level
    Clint Heinze (Defence Science and Technology Organisation), Janet Haase, Helen Higgins (Manchester Primary School)

Paper Session II: Using Robots in Education
Session chair: Sven Koenig

  • Leveraging Mixed Reality Infrastructure for Robotics and Applied AI Instruction
    Jacky Baltes, John Anderson (University of Manitoba)
  • Finch Robots
    Tom Lauwers, Illah Nourbakhsh (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • The Tekkotsu "Crew": Teaching Robot Programming At a Higher Level
    David Touretzky, Ethan J. Tira-Thompson (Carnegie Mellon University)

Model AI Assignments Session I: Teaching AI with Games
Session chair: Todd Neller

  • The Pacman Projects Software Package for Introductory Artificial Intelligence
    John DeNero, Dan Klein (UC Berkeley)
  • A Project on Any-Angle Path-Planning for Computer Games for "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence"
    Sven Koenig, Kenny Daniel, Alex Nash (University of Southern California)
  • A Project on Fast Trajectory Replanning for Computer Games for "Introduction to AI" Classes
    Sven Koenig, William Yeoh (University of Southern California)
  • A Project on Gesture Recognition with Neural Networks for "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence"
    Xiaoming Zheng, Sven Koenig (University of Southern California)

Model AI Assignments Session II: Teaching topics in AI
Session chair: Tom Lauwers

  • Getting Set with OpenCV
    Zachary Dodds (Harvey Mudd College)
  • Assignment on CSPs for first undergraduate AI course
    Giuseppe Carenini and David Poole (University of British Columbia)
  • Rook Jumping Maze Generation
    Todd Neller (Gettysburg College)
  • Introduction to Genetic Algorithms
    Chris Brooks (University of San Francisco)

Poster Spotlights
Session chair: David Kauchak

  • A Simulator for Teaching Robotics Programming using the iRobot Create
    Andrew Hettlinger, Matthew Boutell (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology)
  • Teaching Artificial Intelligence and Robotics via Games
    Sven Koenig (University of Southern California)

(Note: The EAAI poster session is part of the main AAAI poster session on Wednesday, July 14th from 6:30pm-9:30pm.)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

EAAI-10 Teaching and Mentoring workshop: Creating Classroom Engagement

Small groups discuss ideas for how to teach specific AI topics in engaging ways (e.g., demos, interactive activities, case studies, student-led sessions, etc.).

EAAI-10 Teaching and Mentoring workshop: Handling Teaching Challenges

Panel discussion on difficult teaching issues (e.g., academic integrity/cheating, balancing teaching with other obligations, classroom management, etc.). Share your challenging moments and discuss ideas for solutions.

Invited Speaker

Mark Guzkial

Georgia Tech

Technology for Teaching the Rest of Us
The motivated student is easy to teach. You facilitate learning and get out of the way. It's much more challenging to teach the student who is less motivated, or who needs knowledge to support their main interest. Think of the graphics designer who chooses to learn scripting to make their job easier, but doesn't want to learn to "program" and whose many (simple) mistakes cost valuable time. Think of the business teacher who wants to teach computer science, but who doesn't want to learn to be a professional programmer. The number of people who need some knowledge of a domain may be much greater than those who need expertise in that domain. Providing learning opportunities tailored to the needs and interests of the learner, potentially motivating that interest where necessary, is a great and important challenge in an increasingly technological society. My talk will describe characteristics of these challenges and suggest where AI technologies and insights may provide solutions.


To register for EAAI-10, participants should register for AAAI-10 (at the AAAI-10 registration web site) and include EAAI-10 as an additional (free) item in their registration cart.

Note: EAAI-10 is an event integrated into AAAI-10, so it does not offer a separate EAAI-only registration.

Registration dates:

  • Early registration deadline: May 14, 2010
  • Regular registration deadline: June 11, 2010
  • Onsite registration: after June 11, 2010


Student and Faculty Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of the National Science Foundation, we are able to offer a limited number of scholarships to students and faculty to provide partial support for the costs involved in attending EAAI-10.

  • Scholarship application deadline: June 4, 2010
  • Scholarship notification date: June 11, 2010

To apply for a scholarship, please send the following information to Kiri Wagstaff (kiri.wagstaff@jpl.nasa.gov) before June 4, 2010. We will aim to notify you of scholarship decisions by June 11, 2010 (AAAI/EAAI regular registration deadline).

  1. Put "EAAI Scholarship" in the subject line of your email.
  2. Submit:
    • Your CV (PDF preferred).
    • A statement (up to one page) of what you expect to gain by attending EAAI. Please include a list of courses recently taught (and any relevant innovations developed in those courses, if applicable) and/or courses you anticipate teaching in the coming academic year. Also, please list previous AAAI conferences attended, if any.
    • An itemized list of your expected travel costs (registration, transportation, hotel, etc.).

As a scholarship recipient, you will commit to:

  1. Attend EAAI on July 13 and the EAAI Mentoring Workshop on July 14.
  2. Submit a post-conference summary of your EAAI experience and feedback on what was useful and what could be improved. We will use this in our post-conference report to the NSF as well as to consider changes for the next EAAI.

Questions? Contact Kiri Wagstaff (kiri.wagstaff@jpl.nasa.gov).

Notes on minimizing attendance costs: Book your hotel as soon as possible and consider sharing a room to reduce costs. Also note that the AAAI/EAAI early registration deadline is May 14, 2010, so register now if you know you will be attending!

Paper Submision

Paper submission deadline: February 23, 2010

EAAI-10 paper submissions should be in one of the following formats:

  • Full-length papers (6 pages) and presentations for the symposium
  • Extended abstract/poster contributions (2 pages) highlighting preliminary or ongoing work

Author Registration
Authors must register at the EAAI-10 paper submission site. You will then receive a login and password via email, which will enable you to log on to submit an abstract and paper. In order to avoid a rush at the last minute, authors are encouraged to register well in advance of the February 23 paper deadline.

Abstract and Paper Submission
Complete details on submission requirements, including paper formatting guidelines, are available at the AAAI EAAI-10 web site. Please pay careful attention to the submission instructions provided and note the list of Keywords for use with EAAI-10 paper submissions.

The EAAI-10 proceedings will be published by AAAI.

Model AI Assignments Individuals interested in submitting work to the Model AI Assignments Session should consult the submission instructions at the Model AI Assignments web site.


Program Chair

  • Mehran Sahami
    Stanford University

Organizing Committee

  • Marie desJardins, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (mariedj@cs.umbc.edu)
  • Zachary Dodds, Harvey Mudd College (dodds@cs.hmc.edu)
  • Yolanda Gil, USC/Information Sciences Institute (gil@isi.edu)
  • Haym Hirsh, Rutgers/NSF (hhirsh@nsf.gov)
  • Todd Neller, Gettysburg College (tneller@gettysburg.edu)
  • Kiri Wagstaff, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (kiri.wagstaff@jpl.nasa.gov)

Program Committee

Eric Aaron, Wesleyan University
Christine Alvarado, Harvey Mudd College
Steven Bogaerts, Wittenberg University
Chris Brooks, Univ. San Francisco
Jeff Forbes, Duke University
Susan Fox, Macalester College
Emily Hamner, CMU
Tim Huang, Middlebury College
David Kauchak, Pomona College
Sven Koenig, USC
Deepak Kumar, Bryn Mawr College
Tom Lauwers, CMU
Simon Levy, Washington and Lee University
Chun Wai Liew, Lafayette College
Stephen Majercik, Bowdoin College
Jim Marshall, Sarah Lawrence College
R. Mark Meyer, Canisius College
Vibhu Mittal, Root-1 Research
Dave Musicant, Carleton College
Andrew Ng, Stanford University
Illah Nourbakhsh, CMU
Jeffrey Pfaffmann, Lafayette College
Ingrid Russell, Univ. of Hartford
Sara Owsley Sood, Pomona College
Devika Subramanian, Rice University


EAAI-10 is grateful for the generous support of the following sponsors:


National Science Foundation

Stanford-Computer Science


EAAI-10 will be collocated with AAAI-10 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia.

Atlanta is filled with exciting interactive venues, historical sites, and beautiful performing arts facilities. It's not too early be begin making your tentative plans now to join us in Atlanta!

More information about Atlanta.


The following links are to various material on AAAI-10 and EAAI-10.