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Erik Andersen

Assistant Professor
Computer Science
Gates Hall, Room 445

Biography

I explore how computer science and human-computer interaction can make education more engaging, automated, and adaptive. I am particularly interested in automatic creation of educational content, including adaptive progressions of practice problems, step-by-step demonstrations, and diagnosis of misconceptions. I am a co-creator of multiple educational video games, some of which have won international awards and attracted millions of players.

Research Interests

Educational Technology, Human-Computer Interaction, Video Games, Programming Languages

Selected Publications

  • Culbertson, G., E. Andersen, W. White, D. Zhang, M. Jung. 2016."Crystallize: An Immersive, Collaborative Game for Second Language Learning."Paper presented at ACM Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW)
  • Culbertson, G., S. Wang, M. Jung, EriK Andersen. 2016."Social Situational Language Learning through an Online 3D Game."Paper presented at Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)
  • Wang, S., F. He, EriK Andersen. 2017."A Unified Framework for Knowledge Assessment and Progression Analysis and Design."Paper presented at ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)
  • Wang, S., F. He, EriK Andersen. 2017."PathViewer: Visualizing Pathways through Student Data."Paper presented at ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)
  • Arawjo, I., C. Y. Wang, A. Myers, EriK Andersen, F. Guimbretière. 2017."Teaching Programming with Gamified Semantics."Paper presented at ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)

Selected Awards and Honors

  • NSF CISE Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)2017
  • Best Work in the Primary School Category, 38th NHK Japan Prize (team award for Refraction)2011
  • Grand Prize, Disney Learning Challenge, SIGGRAPH (team award for Refraction)2010
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship2008
  • 1 Best Paper Award, 1 Best Student Paper Award, 3 Best Paper Nominations2007

Education

  • BS(Computer Science and Linguistics),University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,2007
  • MS(Computer Science),University of Washington,2010
  • Ph D(Computer Science & Engineering),University of Washington,2014

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