Dissertation Proposal





Ifeyinwa Okoye

I am a computer science and cognitive science doctoral student at University of Colorado at Boulder, where I work as a graduate research assistant at the Center for Computational Language and EducAtion Research(CLEAR), which is part of the Institute of Cognitive Science. I have worked as an intern at the IBM research lab in Almaden and before that, I worked as a research assistant on a digital library project at the Adaptive Hypermedia and Assistive Technology(AHAT) lab and on a computer vision project at the Cyberinfrastructure for Interdisciplinary research(Compcore) at Cal State East Bay. I have also taught Elementary Algebra and Introduction to Computers at Cal State East Bay.

Research Interest

My research interests lie at the intersection of analytics and interaction design and include computational linguistics, adaptive and personalization technology, user modeling and educational technology

Helping students effectively address their (often) deeply held and persistent misconceptions, such as why we have seasons - is a major challenge for educational technologies.

My dissertation research focuses on enabling educational recommender systems to tackle this problem using the theory of conceptual change combined with techniques from machine learning, natural language processing, information retrieval and interaction design.

Personal Interest

Dancing (salsa, chachacha, bachata, tango, and modern), reading, singing in a choir, swimming, hiking and playing with my dog, charlie.