The Simon Initiative - Carnegie Mellon University

Harnessing a Learning-Engineering Ecosystem

Education Week
Researchers Target Brain-Scanning Technology to Improve Ed. Software

"What if we could read students' brains and see what they're thinking?" That was the question posed to a group of education reporters last week by John Anderson, a professor of psychology and computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, where a cross-disciplinary team of researchers is seeking to push the boundaries of adaptive educational software.

Digital Learning’s Pioneers Are Cautiously Optimistic

Complete digital courses offer a way to give students who might fall off track in large lecture classes more personal attention. CMU’s Norman Bier weighs in on the promises and pitfalls.

Herbert Simon
Herb Simon’s 100th Birthday

Herbert Simon would have turned 100 years old on June 15, 2016. Winner of the 1978 Nobel Prize in Economics, the A.M. Turing Award, the National Medal of Science and many other awards, Herb Simon joined the CMU faculty in 1949. And for the next 50 years, his work, and his vision, helped to turn Carnegie Mellon into a major international research university. The Simon Initiative is named in his honor.

Why Simon?

Named for the late Nobel and Turing Award laureate Herbert Simon, this initiative harnesses a cross-disciplinary, learning-engineering ecosystem that has developed over several decades at CMU with the goal of measurably improving student learning outcomes. Learn more.