EAAI-22: The 12th Symposium on Educational Advances in Artificial Intelligence

A Virtual Conference    (Collocated with AAAI-22)
Feb. 26-27, 2022

Sponsored by the [Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence ](http://www.aaai.org/)



  • Abstract submission due: August 30, 2021 11:59pm UTC-12
  • Paper submission deadline: September 8, 2021 11:59pm UTC-12
  • Notification date: November 12, 2021
  • AAAI/ACM SIGAI New and Future AI Educator Program Application: Jan 10, 2022
  • Symposium dates: February 26-27, 2022

Program Schedule

Saturday, February 26, 2022

All times are Eastern Time Zone

10:45 - 11:00: Welcome
Marion Neumann and Michael Guerzhoy

10:05 - 11:40: Panel: Teaching AI Ethics
Sheila McIlraith, Emanuelle Burton, Ameet Soni, Trystan Goetze
Moderator: Michael Guerzhoy

11:45 - 12:20: Blue Sky Ideas
Chair: Marion Neumann

  • (5 min) Zhuoyue Lyu
  • (5 min) Emmanuel Johnson
  • (5 min) David Johnson
  • (5 min) Henry Chai
  • (5 min) Daniel Garijo
  • (5 min) Christopher MacLellan

12:30 - 1:30: Lunch Break

1:35 - 2:10: Model AI Assignments I
Chair: Todd Neller

  • (15 min) Movement and Visual AI
    Jazmin Collins
  • (15 min) When Your Neighbor is a Zombie: Zombie KNN
    Daniel Schneider and Yim Register
  • (15 min) Reflecting on Bias
    Christopher Brooks

2:15 - 2:40: AI4K12 Lightning Talks
Chairs: Dave Touretzky and Christina Gardner-McCune

  • (5 min) AI Snap! blocks for speech input and output, computer vision, word embeddings, and neural net creation, training, and use
    Ken Kahn, Ramana Prasad and Naveen
  • (5 min) StoryQ—An Online Environment for Machine Learning of Text Classification
    William Finzer, Jie Chao, Carolyn Rose and Shiyan Jiang
  • (5 min) Teaching AI with the Hands-On AI Projects for the Classroom Series
    Nancye Blair Black

2:40-3:00: Coffee Break

3:00-4:30: AI4K12
Chairs: Dave Touretzky and Christina Gardner-McCune

  • (15 min) Smartphone-based Game Development to Introduce K12 Students in Applied Artificial Intelligence
    Sara Guerreiro-Santalla, Alma Mallo Casdelo, Tamara Baamonde and Francisco Bellas
  • (15 min) I AM A.I. Gradient Descent - an open-source digital game for inquiry-based CLIL learning
    Carina Geldhauser, Andreas Daniel Matt and Christian Stussak
  • (15 min) Towards an AI-infused Interdisciplinary Curriculum for Middle-grade Classrooms
    Bita Akram, Spencer Yoder, Cansu Tatar, Sankalp Boorugu, Ifeoluwa Aderemi and Shiyan Jiang
  • (15 min) Introducing Variational Autoencoders to High School Students
    Zhuoyue Lyu, Safinah Ali and Cynthia Breazeal
  • (15 min) Authentic Integration of Ethics and AI Through Sociotechnical, Problem-Based Learning
    Ari Krakowski, Eric Greenwald, Tim Hurt, Brandie Nonnecke and Matthew Cannady
  • (15 min) Interactive Visualization of Word Embeddings for K-12 Students
    Saptarashmi Bandyopadhyay, Jason Xu, Neel Pawar and David Touretzky

4:30-4:50: Coffee Break

4:55-5:40: Main Track I
Chair: Marion Neumann

  • (15 min) A Socially Relevant Focused AI Curriculum Designed for Female High School Students
    Lauren Alvarez, Isabella Gransbury, Veronica Catete, Tiffany Barnes, Akos Ledeczi and Shuchi Grover
  • (15 min) Preparing High School Teachers to Integrate AI Methods into STEM Classrooms
    Irene Lee and Beatriz Perret
  • (15 min) Reproducibility as a Mechanism for Teaching Fairness, Accountability, Confidentiality, and Transparency in Artificial Intelligence
    Ana Lucic, Maurits Bleeker, Sami Jullien, Samarth Bhargav and Maarten de Rijke

Sunday, February 27, 2022

10:00 - 10:30: Main Track II
Chair: Michael Guerzhoy

  • (15 min) Paving the Way for Novices: How to Teach AI for K-12 Education in China
    Jiachen Song, Jinglei Yu, Linan Zhang, Anyao Ma and Yu Lu
  • (15 min) An Experience Report of Executive-Level AI Education in the United Arab Emirates
    David Johnson, Mohammad Alsharid, Rasheed El-Bouri, Nigel Mehdi, Farah Shamout, Alexandre Szenicer, David Toman and Saqr Binghalib

10:35 - 11:20: Model AI Assignments II
Chair: Todd Neller

  • (15 min) FairKalah: fair Mancala competition
    Todd Neller
  • (15 min) Projecting Your Data
    Chiawei Tang and Chaolin Liu
  • (15 min) Introduction to problem-solving with data: A Fresh Squeeze on Data (Improving data literacy among youth to help eradicate data bias in the future)
    Roozbeh Aliabadi, Annabel Hasty, Sultan Albarakati, Haotian Fang, Harvey Yin and Joel Wilson

11:30 - 12:30: AI Educator of the Year Award Talk
David Touretzky, Christina Gardner-McCune, Fred Martin, and Deborah Seehorn

12:30 - 1:30: Lunch Break

1:35 - 3:10: Special Track: AI-Assisted Game Design Mentored Undergraduate Research Challenge
Chair: Todd Neller and Rick Freedman

  • (15 min) Game Design for Better Security of Combination Locks
    Jean Pierre Astudillo Guerra, Karim Ahmed, Ryan Maher, Eddie Ubri and Jeremy Blum
  • (15 min) Artificial Intelligence Approaches to Build Ticket to Ride Maps
    Iain Smith and Calin Anton
  • (15 min) Fast Heuristic Detection of Offensive Words in Wordwheel Puzzles
    Anand Blum and R. Mitchell Parry
  • (15 min) An Approach to Identifying Problematic Game Elements
    Cassandra Ford and Merrick Ohata
  • (15 min) Ludus: An Optimization Framework to Balance Auto Battler Cards
    Nathaniel Budijono, Phoebe Goldman, Jack Maloney, Joseph Mueller, Phillip Walker, Jack Ladwig and Richard Freedman
  • (15 min) The Bullets Puzzle: a Paper-and-Pencil Minesweeper
    Todd Neller and Hien Tran

3:15 - 4:30: AI for Education
Chair: Marion Neumann

  • (15 min) College Student Retention Risk Analysis From Educational Database using Multi-Task Multi-Modal Neural Fusion
    Mohammad Arif Ul Alam
  • (15 min) DeepQR: Neural-based Quality Ratings for Learnersourced Multiple-Choice Questions
    Lin Ni, Qiming Bao, Xiaoxuan Li, Qianqian Qi, Paul Denny, Jim Warren, Michael Witbrock and Jiamou Liu
  • (15 min) Improvement and Estimation of Automated Scoring Systems’ Performance with Guarantees
    Yaman Kumar, Sriram Krishna, Rajiv Shah and Changyou Chen
  • (15 min) Interpretable Knowledge Tracing: Simple and Efficient Student Modelling with Causal Relations
    Sein Minn, Jill-Jênn Vie, Koh Takeuchi, Hisashi Kashima and Feida Zhu
  • (15 min) Predictive Student Modelling in an Online Reading Platform
    Effat Farhana, Teomara Rutherford and Collin Lynch

4:30-5:30: EAAI community meeting


Main Track

The main track invites a broad range of papers on teaching AI and teaching with AI. Submissions may be framed as research papers or as experience reports. Potential topics include:

  • The design of an AI curriculum, course, or module.
  • The development or use of a tool or resource to teach AI.
  • The impact of a pedagogical or mentoring technique on AI students.
  • The use of AI to facilitate teaching or to enhance learning.

Special Track: Demos, Software Tools, and Activities for Teaching AI in K-12

Chairs: Dave Touretzky (Carnegie Mellon) and Christina Gardner-McCune (University of Florida)

This special track invites papers on the development and use of resources to support K-12 AI education. Examples include online demos, software tools, and structured activities. Our goal is to make resources available for K-12 teachers to use in the classroom to engage students in learning about AI technologies.

Papers should include the following: description of the resource; target age group; setup and resources needed; AI concepts addressed; expected learning outcomes; and (if possible) implementation results. Online demos and software tools should be accompanied by brief video walk-throughs.

Special Track: EAAI Mentored Undergraduate Research Challenge 2022: AI-assisted Game Design

Chair: Todd Neller (Gettysburg College) and Rick Freedman (SIFT)

This special track invites papers addressing the AI-Assisted Game Design Mentored Undergraduate Research Challenge. The object of this challenge is to submit a paper that describes a creative application of AI technique(s) to the design of a game or puzzle. The broader purpose of EAAI mentored undergraduate research challenges is to encourage faculty-mentored undergraduate students to experience the full life-cycle of AI research.

Submissions should be framed as research papers, with at least one undergraduate author and at least one faculty author, reporting on their creative application of AI to game design.

Special Track: Model AI Assignments Session

Chair: Todd Neller, Gettysburg College

This special track invites assignments for AI classes. Good assignments take a lot of work to design. If an assignment you have developed may be useful to other AI educators, this track provides an opportunity to share it. Model AI Assignments are kept in a public online archive.

This track has special submission instructions (http://modelai.gettysburg.edu).

Review Criteria

Submissions will be reviewed for:

  • Relevance to the track
  • Significance to the intended audience
  • Engagement with prior work
  • Novelty of contributions
  • Technical soundness
  • Clarity of presentation
  • Evaluation of claims/results (as applicable)
  • Engagement with questions of ethics/inclusivity (as applicable)

Submission Content and Formatting

All submissions must be anonymous for double-blind review.

Except for Model AI Assignments, which have their own format, papers should be:

EAAI-22 will not consider any paper that, at the time of submission, is under review for or has already been published or accepted for publication in a refereed journal or conference. Once submitted to EAAI-22, papers may not be submitted to another refereed journal or conference during the review period. These restrictions do not apply to unrefereed forums or workshops without archival proceedings.


Program co-Chairs

Organizing Committee

  • Nate Derbinsky, Northeastern University (n.derbinsky@northeastern.edu)
  • Laura Brown, Michigan Technological University (lebrown@mtu.edu)
  • Susan Imberman, CUNY College of Staten Island (susan.imberman@csi.cuny.edu)
  • Todd Neller, Gettysburg College (tneller@gettysburg.edu)
  • Lisa Torrey, St. Lawrence University (ltorrey@stlawu.edu)

K12 Track Chairs

  • Christina Gardner-McCune, University of Florida (gmccune@ufl.edu)
  • Dave Touretzky, Carnegie Mellon University (dst@cs.cmu.edu)

Mentored Undergraduate Research Challenge Chairs

  • Todd Neller, Gettysburg College (tneller@gettysburg.edu)
  • Rick Freedman, Smart Information Flow Technologies [SIFT] (rfreedman@sift.net)

Program Committee

Main Track

  • Esma Aïmeur, University of Montreal
  • Zhen Bai, University of Rochester
  • Henry Chai, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Vinay Chaudhri, none
  • Vincent Cicirello, Stockton University
  • Zachary Dodds, Harvey Mudd College
  • Iddo Drori, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Chinmay Hegde, New York University
  • Fredrik Heintz, Linköping University
  • Bernease Herman, University of Washington
  • Haym Hirsh, Cornell University
  • Hadi Hosseini, Pennsylvania State University
  • Sheikh Rabiul Islam, University of Hartford
  • Ulf Johansson, Jönköping University
  • Isak Karlsson, Stockholm University
  • Hyeoncheol Kim, Korea University
  • Zeynep Kiziltan, University of Bologna
  • Amanda Kube, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Hady Lauw, Singapore Management University
  • Justin Li, Occidental College
  • Xiaoyan Li, Princeton University
  • Zitao Liu, TAL Education Group
  • Atena M Tabakhi, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Brandeis Marshall, Spelman College
  • Fabio Mercorio, University of Milano Bicocca
  • Vibhu Mittal, Edmodo
  • N. Rich Nguyen, University of Virginia
  • Jinzhong Niu, City University of New York
  • Joseph Osborn, Pomona College
  • Suraj Rampure, University of California, San Diego
  • Alla Rozovskaya, Virginia Tech
  • Ansaf Salleb-Aouissi, Columbia University
  • Samira Shaikh, UNC - Charlotte
  • Felipe Leno Da Silva, Lawrence Livermore National Lab
  • Ameet Soni, Swarthmore College
  • Abhijit Suresh, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Jia Tao, Lafayette College
  • George Thomas, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
  • Lisa Torrey, St. Lawrence University
  • Min-Ling Zhang, Southeast University
  • Yuanlin Zhang, Texas Tech University

Model AI Assignments

  • Scott Alfeld, Amherst College
  • Stephanie August, Consultant, Engineering Education
  • Steven Bogaerts, DePauw University
  • Chris Brooks, University of San Francisco
  • Ananya Christman, Middlebury College
  • Nate Derbinsky, Northeastern University
  • Joshua Eckroth, Stetson University
  • Jordon Johnson, The University of British Columbia
  • Dave Kauchak, Pomona College
  • Duri Long, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • James Marshall, Sarah Lawrence College
  • Fred Martin, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Lisa Meeden, Swarthmore College
  • Dave Musicant, Carleton College
  • Narges Norouzi, UC Santa Cruz
  • Jeffrey Pfaffmann, Lafayette College
  • Anna Rafferty, Carleton College
  • Raghuram Ramanujan, Davidson College
  • Raja Sooriamurthi, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Nathan Sprague, James Madison University
  • Devika Subramanian, Rice University
  • Erin Talvitie, Harvey Mudd College
  • Matthew Taylor, Washington State University
  • Doug Turnbull, Ithaca College
  • Michael Wollowski, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Lisa Zhang, University of Toronto


  • Roozbeh Aliabadi, ReadyAI
  • Francisco Bellas, Universidade da Coruna
  • Gi Chee, National Institute of Education
  • Daniella DiPaola, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Charlotte Dungan, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
  • Amy Eguchi, University of California San Diego
  • Verena Kallhoff, University of Texas at Austin
  • Erdogan Kaya, George Mason University
  • Li Li, Western University
  • Yolanda Lozano, Computer Science Alliance
  • Francesco Maiorana, University of Urbino
  • Poulami Maitra, NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Vladimir Z. Tosic, University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Mentored Undergraduate Research Challenge -- AI-Assisted Game Design

  • Ashish Aggarwal, University of Florida
  • Scott Alfeld, Amherst College
  • Calin Anton, Grant MacEwan University
  • Jeremy Blum, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Steven Bogaerts, DePauw University
  • Chad Byers, DePauw University
  • Matthew Eicholtz, Florida Southern College
  • Mehmet Ergezer, Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Matthew Guzdial, University of Alberta
  • Justin Hart, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Jason Hiebel, Michigan Technological University
  • Richard Hoshino, Northeastern University
  • Christian Roberson, Florida Southern College
  • Vasanth Sarathy, SIFT
  • Jason Wilson, Franklin and Marshall College
  • Sejong Yoon, The College of New Jersey

The following links are to various material on AAAI-22 and EAAI-22.