People-RoboTutor - Carnegie Mellon University

People:  Team, Advisors, and Team Leader

The RoboTutor team started at Carnegie Mellon University and is now registered in the Global Learning XPRIZE under JAMTECH, an educational technology non-profit.

We are grateful for the assistance of dozens of Carnegie Mellon University faculty, students, and staff from:

  • Children’s School for user-testing initial prototypes of RoboTutor activities
  • Computer Science
  • Decision Science
  • Design
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Entertainment Technology
  • Heinz College
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Information Systems
  • Language Technologies
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Robotics
  • Simon Initiative

as well as participants at:

  • Academia Sinica
  • Ashesi University, Ghana
  • Awesome English, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Beijing Normal University
  • Beijing University
  • Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications
  • Birla Institute of Technology & Science
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Indiana University
  • JAMTECH
  • Lakeland Community College
  • MARi LLC for the original port of Project LISTEN’s Reading Tutor to the Android
  • Math-Fluency Data Collaborative for the original Akira race car game
  • Mugeta School, Mugeta, Tanzania
  • Nianjema School, Bagamoyo, Tanzania
  • Playpower Labs for the original BubblePop game
  • Swarthmore College
  • Synaptek
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of District of Columbia
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Pittsburgh

Special thanks go to:

  • RoboTutor Integration Lead Kevin Willows for his heroic dedication to RoboTutor, and for technology he developed previously for the TED Tutor, supported in part by Grant R305A100404 from the Institute of Education Sciences to Psychology Professor David Klahr
  • Dr. Leonora Kivuva for translating RoboTutor’s prompts into Swahili and for narrating them and its stories so wonderfully expressively
  • Prof. Alan Black for training an amazingly natural Swahili TTS voice on Dr. Kivuva’s narrations
  • Myriad former members of Project LISTEN for code and content from its Reading Tutor
  • Prof. Sharon Carver, Dr. Ran Liu, and Dr. Julia (Xujin) Zhang for user tests at the Children’s School
  • Joash Gambarage, Amy Ogan, and Judith Odili Uchidiuno for user tests in Mugeta
  • Fortunatus Massawe for user tests in Bagamoyo
  • Emily Wind for user tests in Jerusalem
  • Fellow XPRIZE contestant Patrick Morris-Suzuki of The John Harrison Project for his generosity in the form of upload instructions, repo tools, and helpful advice on many technical issues.