Research Partners

The Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center's LearnLab is a consortium comprised of members from:

Carnegie Mellon University - The only top 25 university founded in the 20th century, Carnegie Mellon has rapidly evolved into an internationally recognized institution with a distinctive mix of world-class educational and research programs in computer science, robotics, engineering, the sciences, business, public policy, fine arts and the humanities.

University of Pittsburgh - Founded in 1787 as a small, private school, the Pittsburgh Academy was located in a log cabin near Pittsburgh's three rivers. In the 216 years since, the University has evolved into an internationally recognized center of learning and research.

Carnegie Learning - Carnegie Learning is best known as the developer of the Cognitive Tutor, comprehensive curricula for secondary mathematics. Established in 1998 by a group of researchers, teachers and scholars from Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Learning was founded to apply and extend over 20 years of award-winning research in cognitive science to mathematics instruction.

LRDC: Learning Research and Development Center - Across four decades, LRDC scholars from several disciplines have conducted research on learning and instruction with the aim of contributing to the advancement of education and training.

OLI: Open Learning Initiative - Helping the World Wide Web make good on its promise of widely accessible and effective online education, OLI grew out of collaboration among cognitive scientists, experts in human computer interaction and seasoned faculty who have both a deep expertise in their respective fields and a strong commitment to excellence in higher education. The project adds to online education the crucial elements of instructional design grounded in cognitive theory, formative evaluation for students and faculty, and iterative course improvement based on empirical evidence.

PIER: Program for Interdisciplinary Education Research - PIER is an interdisciplinary pre-doctoral training program at Carnegie Mellon University aimed at preparing a new generation of researchers who will be: (a) grounded in cutting-edge theories and methodologies in cognitive and developmental psychology, statistics, human-computer interaction and instructional technology. (b) familiar with many of the fundamental problems facing education in America. (c) committed to applying their skills and knowledge to solving those problems. PIER provides up to 5 years of pre-doctoral support (in the form of stipend and tuition) to students who enter through the graduate admissions process in any of several PIER relevant departments at CMU, including Psychology, Statistics, Philosophy, Human Computer Interaction, as well as disciplinary departments such as Physics, Chemistry, and Mechanical Engineering, among others. (Although financial support is limited to U.S. Citizens or permanent residents, other qualified students may participate in PIER if they have other sources of support, such as various departmental fellowships and assistantships.)

IFL: Institute for Learning - The Institute for Learning was founded in 1995 as a partnership of school districts committed to standards-based education and system-wide reform. It serves as a liaison between its parent institution, the Learning Research and Development Center of the University of Pittsburgh, and educators in school systems nationwide. It bridges the domains of research and practice by conveying to educators the best of current knowledge and research about learning processes and principles of instruction. It serves as a think tank, a design center for innovative professional development systems, and an educator of core groups of school and district professionals, providing the resources and training that educators need to enhance learning opportunities for all students.

PACT: Pittsburgh Advanced Cognitive Tutor Center - PACT develops systems that provide individualized assistance to students as they work on challenging real-world problems in complex domains such as computer programming, algebra and geometry. Individualized guidance is made possible using detailed computational models of skills and misconceptions underlying a learning domain.

CTAT: Cognitive Tutor Authoring Tools - The Cognitive Tutor Authoring Tools (CTAT) are a collection of software programs meant to aid the creation of Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS). The CTAT suite from the Pittsburgh Advanced Cognitive Tutors lab.

HCI: Human Computer Interaction Institute - The Human Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) is an interdisciplinary community of students and faculty at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). This community is dedicated to research and education in topics related to computer technology in support of human activity and society.

LTI: Language Technologies Institute - The Language Technologies Institute (LTI) of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University conducts research and provides graduate education in all aspects of language technology and information management. The LTI was established in 1996, as an expansion of the Center for Machine Translation (CMT)

SCS: School of Computer Science - Since its inception as a department in 1965, and its evolution into a School in 1988, Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon has followed a path devoted to excellence in both research and education. At the heart of our efforts is a dedication to producing highly-qualified research scientists. Our great strength has been our ability to push experimental computer science ideas from theory to practical demonstration. We have enjoyed productive working relationships with industry, enrichening our environment with practical applications and technology transfer.

Carnegie Mellon University Psychology - The Psychology Department at Carnegie Mellon has long been considered a pioneer in such areas as cognitive psychology, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence. Today its programs feature not only those fields, but social/personality psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and health psychology as well. It is consistently ranked as one of the top departments in the nation. Its faculty provide extensive service to scientific agencies, and they have been recognized by many honors and awards.

Optimal Learning Lab - The Optimal Learning Lab at Carnegie Mellon University is attached to the Pittsburgh Science of Learning center. The mission of the lab is to describe models of learning (particularly fact learning) so that these models can be used by instructional software to schedule practice.