Christopher M. Mitchell

Ph.D. Candidate
cmmitch2@ncsu.edu

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science advised by Dr. Kristy Elizabeth Boyer and Dr. James C. Lester. In a broad sense, my research interests lie in artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, dialogue systems, machine learning, and intelligent tutoring systems. My current emphasis is on modeling effective tutorial dialogue behaviors in a task-oriented environment, determining both the timing of dialogue moves and the type of dialogue moves that are most conducive to learning.

education

Ph.D., Computer Science (expected 2015)
   Deriving Effective Dialogue Strategies from Human Tutoring with Reinforcement Learning
   North Carolina State University

M.S., Computer Science (2013)
   North Carolina State University

B.S., Computer Science (2008)
   Cognitive Science Minor
   Mathematics Minor
   Magna Cum Laude
   North Carolina State University

publications

journal articles
2013
[1]Learner Characteristics and Dialogue: Recognizing Effective and Student-Adaptive Tutorial Strategies. Christopher M. Mitchell, Eun Young Ha, Kristy Elizabeth Boyer, James C. Lester. International Journal of Learning Technology (IJLT), vol. 8 no. 4, 2013, pp. 382-403. [bib]
conference papers
2013
[6]Evaluating State Representations for Reinforcement Learning of Turn-Taking Policies in Tutorial Dialogue. Christopher M. Mitchell, Kristy Elizabeth Boyer, James C. Lester. Proceedings of the SIGDIAL Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue, Metz, France, 2013, pp. 339-343. [bib]
[5]Learning Dialogue Management Models for Task-Oriented Dialogue with Parallel Dialogue and Task Streams. Eun Young Ha, Christopher M. Mitchell, Kristy Elizabeth Boyer, James C. Lester. Proceedings of the 14th Annual SIGDIAL Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue, Metz, France, 2013, pp. 204-213. [bib]
[4]A Markov Decision Process Model of Tutorial Intervention in Task-Oriented Dialogue. Christopher M. Mitchell, Kristy Elizabeth Boyer, James C. Lester. Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED), Memphis, Tennessee, 2013. [bib]
2012
[3]Combining Verbal and Nonverbal Features to Overcome the ‘Information Gap’ in Task-Oriented Dialogue. Eun Young Ha, Joseph F. Grafsgaard, Christopher M. Mitchell, Kristy Elizabeth Boyer, James C. Lester. Proceedings of the SIGDIAL Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 2012, pp. 246-256. [bib]
[2]From Strangers to Partners: Examining Convergence Within a Longitudinal Study of Task-Oriented Dialogue. Christopher M. Mitchell, Kristy Elizabeth Boyer, James C. Lester. Proceedings of the SIGDIAL Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 2012, pp. 94-98. [bib]
[1]Recognizing Effective and Student-Adaptive Tutor Moves in Task-Oriented Tutorial Dialogue. Christopher M. Mitchell, Eun Young Ha, Kristy Elizabeth Boyer, James C. Lester. Proceedings of the Intelligent Tutoring Systems Track of the International Conference of the Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society (FLAIRS), Marco Island, Florida, 2012, pp. 450-455. [bib]
workshop papers
2014
[4]Exploring the Relationship between Self-Efficacy and the Effectiveness of Tutorial Interactions. Joseph B. Wiggins, Joseph F. Grafsgaard, Christopher M. Mitchell, Kristy Elizabeth Boyer, Eric N. Wiebe, James C. Lester. Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on AI-supported Education for Computer Science (AIEDCS), Honolulu, Hawaii, 2014, pp. 31-40. [bib]
[3]A Trialogue-Based Spoken Dialogue System for Assessment of English Language Learners. Christopher M. Mitchell, Keelan Evanini, Klaus Zechner. Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Spoken Dialog Systems (IWSDS), Napa, California, 2014, pp. 194-200. [bib]
2013
[2]When to Intervene: Toward a Markov Decision Process Dialogue Policy for Computer Science Tutoring. Christopher M. Mitchell, Kristy Elizabeth Boyer, James C. Lester. Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on AI-supported Education for Computer Science (AIEDCS), Memphis, Tennessee, 2013, pp. 450-455. [bib]
2011
[1]Towards a Computational Model of Narrative Visualization. Alok Baikadi, Julius Goth, Christopher M. Mitchell, Eun Young Ha, Bradford W. Mott, James C. Lester. Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Intelligent Narrative Technologies (INT), Stanford, California, 2011, pp. 2-9. [bib]