Faculty and Staff Profiles

Philip I. Pavlik Jr.
Assoc Professor, Institute For Intelligent Systems
Email: ppavlik@memphis.edu
Office Location: 434 Psychology Building
Office Hours: Wednesday 2pm-3pm for Spring 2016
Profile

Assistant Professor and Director of the Optimal Learning Lab. Dr. Pavlik completed his dissertation research with John Anderson in Carnegie Mellon University's Psychology Department and has worked with Ken Koedinger in Carnegie Mellon's Human Computer Interaction Institute. He is current working on multiple existing grants and has applied for funding from both DOED and NSF.

Download publications here - ResearchGate

 

Additional Information

Website - http://optimallearning.org/

 

Education
  • Certificate Cognitive Neuroscience - Carnegie Mellon University - 2005
  • PhD Cognitive Psychology - Carnegie Mellon University - 2005
  • BA Economics - University of Michigan - 1992

Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Institute for Intelligent Systems and Psychology - University of Memphis - August 2011-current
  • Systems Scientist, Human Computer Interaction Institute - Carnegie Mellon University - July 2008 – August 2011
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Human Computer Interaction Institute - Carnegie Mellon University - September 2005 – July 2008
Honors/Awards
  • First-Time Principal Investigator Award - University of Memphis - 2013
  • Best Paper - An ACT-R model of the spacing effect - Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference of Cognitive Modeling, Germany - 2003

Teaching Experience

  • Psych 4305: Mind, Brain, and Intelligence - University of Memphis
  • Psych 7302/8302: Advanced Statistics in Psychology I - University of Memphis
  • Psych 7514/8514: Cognitive Science Seminar, "Generalization and discrimination of categories and concepts in the transfer of learning" - University of Memphis
  • Psych 7503/8503: Seminar in Experimental Psychology, “Adaptive Learner Modeling” - University of Memphis
  • Research Method for the Learning Sciences (with Ken Koedinger), 85-748 - Carnegie Mellon University

Student Advising/Mentoring

  • PhD - Jaclyn Maass - 2017
  • MSGP - Adam Boyd - 2014
  • MSGP - Clayton Estey - 2015
  • PhD - Kenneth Barideaux - 2017
  • PhD - Henry Hua - 2015
  • MSGP - Shardae Dawkins - 2015
  • PhD - Chanda Murphy - 2017

Creative Activities

  • Design of the MoFaCT system to supersede and replace FaCT system. New system is more powerful and easier to use. - 2015-current - University of Memphis - University of Memphis
  • Design and creation of FaCT system for mathematically optimized practice scheduling online and experimental research on learning in the laboratory - 2005-2015 - Carnegie Mellon and University of Memphis - Multiple sources

Support

  • Building a Scalable Infrastructure for Data-Driven Discovery and Innovation in Education (PI) - NSF subcontract with Carnegie Mellon University - 750K - 2015-2019
  • Shareable Knowledge Objects (SKO) as Enhanced, Portable ITS Modules (Co-PI) - Office of Naval Research - $1,477,402 - 2012-2014
  • Dynamics of Metacognition and Motivation (PI) - NSF: Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center, Subcontract from Carnegie Mellon University - $56,279 - 10/2012–10/2013
  • Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutors (Senior Scientist) - Army Research Laboratory - $1,289,545 - 2012-2016
  • Motivational Effects in Vocabulary Learning: Difficulty and Strategy Use (PI) - NSF: Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center - approx $70K - 11/2009-8/2011
  • Bridging the Bridge to Algebra: Measuring and Optimizing the Influence of Prerequisite Skills on a Pre-Algebra Curriculum (PI) - IES: US Department of Education - $1,121,000 - 8/2007–8/2012
  • Providing Optimal Support for Robust Learning of Syntactic Constructions in ESL (Co-PI) - NSF: Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center - approx $50K - 9/2006–8/2007
  • Postdoctoral Research Grant with Kenneth Koedinger (PI) - Privately funded by Ronald Zdrojkowski - $411,000 - 8/2005–8/2008

Outreach

  • 69th Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair - Regional High School Students - April 4, 2008 - Business and Industry sponsored
  • 70th Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair - Regional High School Students - April 3, 2009 - Business and Industry sponsored
Service
  • University of Memphis - Gradschoolmatch.com coordinator - 2015- current
  • University of Memphis - SONA (Psychology Subject Pool) administrator - 2012-2013
  • University of Memphis - CRISTAL Representative for Institute of Intelligent Systems - 2012-current
  • University of Memphis - ACAD (College Readiness Course) University Planning Committee - 2014
  • 6th International Conference on Educational Data Mining, Memphis - Local Co-Chair - 2013
  • 16th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, Memphis - Local Co-Chair and Proceedings Editor - 2013
  • 3rd International Conference on Educational Data Mining, Carnegie Mellon - Program Committee Co-Chair - 2010
  • Transactions on Learning Technologies - Associate Editor - 2014-current
  • National Science Foundation: Perception, Action and Cognition - Grant review - ad hoc
  • Archives of Scientific Psychology - Journal review - ad hoc
  • Perceptual and Motor Skills - Journal review - ad hoc
  • Applied Cognitive Psychology - Journal review - ad hoc
  • Developmental Science - Journal review - ad hoc
  • PLOS ONE - Journal review - ad hoc
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: General - Journal review - ad hoc
  • Cognitive Science - Journal review - ad hoc
  • Psychological Review (with Lynne Reder) - Journal review - ad hoc
  • Journal of Machine Learning Research (KDD cup issue) - Journal review - ad hoc
  • Journal of Educational Data Mining - Journal review - ad hoc
  • International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education - Journal review - ad hoc
  • Learning and Instruction - Journal review - ad hoc
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied - Journal review - ad hoc
  • Memory and Cognition - Journal review - ad hoc
  • Journal of Educational Psychology - Journal review - ad hoc
  • User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction - Journal review - ad hoc
  • Learning and Instruction - Journal review - ad hoc
  • Transactions on Learning Technologies - Journal review - ad hoc
  • 16th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, Memphis - Program Committee - 2013
  • 6th International Conference on Educational Data Mining, Memphis - Program Committee - 2013
  • Cognitive Science Conference - Program Committee - 2014
  • Society for Research in Educational Effectiveness - Conference review - ad hoc
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences - Conference review - ad hoc
  • International Conference of Cognitive Modeling - Conference review - ad hoc
  • Cognitive Science Society Conference - Conference review - ad hoc
  • International Conference of Educational Data Mining - Conference review - ad hoc
  • International Conference on Development and Epigenetic Robotics - Conference review - ad hoc
  • ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) - Conference review - ad hoc
  • Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED) Conference - Conference review - ad hoc
  • Institute for Intelligent Systems Cognitive Science Seminar (UofM) - Speaker - Approx once yearly since 2011
  • Psychology Dept. Graduate First Year Colloquium (UofM) - Speaker - Approx once yearly since 2011
  • Works in Progress Symposium (UofM) - Local conference review - Approx once yearly since 2011
  • Optimal Learning Lab - to discuss research reports and provide methods tutorials - Director - Since 2011 weekly meetings
  • Cognitive Science Society - Member - 2002–2011
  • Association for Behavior Analysis - Member - 2007-2008
  • Psychonomic Society - Member - 2007-2009, 2013-current
  • International Artificial Intelligence in Education Society - Member - 2008-current
  • International Educational Data Mining Society - Member - 2008-current
Consulting
  • K12 Inc. - 2009-2010
  • Drill Sargent Website - 2010-2011
  • Kaplan Inc. - 2012
Books Published
Books Reviewed
Journal Articles
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