Affective modulation of effectiveness in pedagogy and research

Thu March 10th 2022, 4:30pm
Hewlett 102
Raja Sooriamurthi, Carnegie Mellon

Institutions of higher learning serve three broad purposes: (i) creation of knowledge (research); (ii) dissemination of knowledge (teaching); (iii) personal development of our students. While the first two are explicitly stressed in academia, unfortunately, the third isn't given as much emphasis. This talk is about the role of affectivity in teaching and research. The talk is structured in two parts.

The first part is my personal perspective on teaching beyond the classroom. Effective teaching is finally about the affective relationship a teacher builds with his students via his love for the subject and his care for their success. In this part, I will also discuss work of the ACM/AIS IS2020 task force in crafting a competency-based undergraduate curriculum where a competency is viewed as a combination of knowledge + skill + disposition (

The second part of my talk is about research on using emotion detection to assist people in completing tasks. We developed a game system that transitions players between phases of difficulty depending on facial expressions and performance. Experimenting with four- and five-year-old children playing the game, we determined that affect sensing can help a user's task performance. This part of my talk is joint work with my UG student Vivek Pai.

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