In the DEMO Lab at Brandeis University's Computer Science Department, we have directed a number of our research projects towards educational technologies. We synthesize several components of our work, uniting a unique combination of technologies and theories from which we are building the educational environment. We start with our experience in machine learning, where we have co-evolved software agents to play games. We add to this our success using the Internet to facilitate a new form of co-evolution between humans and software agents. Finally, we carry these concepts into the educational arena.
Based in Theory: For the past 8 years, the DEMO lab has focused on the process of "self-organization," how complex systems can, with enough time and energy, create themselves. We approach problems in this field using reductionist techniques, seeking the core principles of discovery that appear to be at the basis of biological development and evolution. Historically, machine learning has taken its lead from examining theories in human learning. Our research work attempts to complete the circle, applying knowledge gained from studying machine learning to bear in the human learning arena. Mission and Goals