CISL Research

The Mandarin Project

The Mandarin Project is at the forefront of advanced research in Cognitive and Immersive Classrooms for Cyber-Enabled Language Learning. It leverages speech-based dialogue for communication and information exchange in Mandarin between students and agents in an immersive environment, where students are engaged in task-oriented group activities with communications and other social practices. The Mandarin Project leverages technical breakthroughs in CISL to create fruitful pedagogical innovation to be used in a language teaching course starting in the Summer Arch 2018 program at RPI.

Active Researchers: 
  • Hui Su — Project Director | Director, CISL
  • David Allen — Project Manager, User Experience & Visualization Design | Research Associate, CISL
  • Robert Rouhani — Developer | Media Integration Specialist, CISL
  • Kelvin Qin — Speech to Text Transcription Expert | Senior Manager, IBM Research, China
  • Helen Zhou — Content, Curriculum, and Evaluation Development | Assistant Professor, Communication and Media
  • Ben Chang — PI / Co-Principal Investigator?, Hidden Object / Restaurant Game | Associate Professor, Arts
  • Mei Si — Principal / Co-Principal Investigator?, Teaching As Learning Prototype | Assistant Professor, Cognitive Science
  • Jonas Braasch — Co-Principal Investigator, Tone & Pitch Analysis Technology | Assistant Professor, Architecture
  • Matt Peveler — Reasoning & Planning | PhD Candidate, Computer Science
  • Rahul Divekar — Group Dynamics | PhD Candidate, Computer Science
  • Zev Battad — Narrative Agent Development | PhD Candidate, Cognitive Science
  • Craig Carlson — Analogy Engine Development | MS Candidate, Cognitive Science
  • Rui Zhao — Gesture Recognition | PhD Candidate, Electrical & Computer Systems Engineering
  • Kang Wang — Facial Recognition | PhD Candidate, Electrical Engineering
  • Jaimie Drozdal — User Experience Research | BS Candidate, Cognitive Science
  • Lilit Balagyozyan — User Experience Design | BS Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, Design Innovation & Society
  • Yueqing Dai — User Experience Design | BS Candidate, Communications & Media, Games & Simulation Arts & Sciences
  • Hongyang Lin — Dialog Design & Development | BS Candidate, Computer Science, Games & Simulation Arts & Sciences
  • Huang Zou — Signal Processing | BS Candidate, Computer Science
  • Rose Clare Pisacano — Dialog Design | BS Candidate, Environmental Engineering, Mandarin Minor
  • Guangyong Li — Research Developer | BS Candidate, Computer Systems Engineering
  • Boning Dong — Research Developer | BS Candidate, Computer Systems Engineering, Cognitive Science