The expert system that produced the above results comes from an on-going research project in the Department of Computer Science of Grinnell College. Overall, the project examines various ways to apply approaches from the field of artificial intelligence to place incoming students in their first computer science, mathematics, and statistics courses. The expert system that produced the above results draws upon several sources:
- Faculty Director: Professor Henry M. Walker, Grinnell College
- Student Research Assistants: Andrew Hirakawa '12, Russel Steinbach '12
- 1994-2004: Professors Eugene Herman and Charles Jepsen
- 2004-2009: Professor Emily Moore
- 2004-present: Associate Professors Christopher French and Shonda Kuipers
- 2009-present: Associate Professor Karen Shuman
- 2010: Barbara Johnson, Curricular Technology Specialist
Placement in Statistics: Associate Professor Shonda Kuipers;
members of CSC 261, Artificial Intelligence, Fall 2007
- Previous Version: The current project is based on the PHP scripting language and builds upon a previous LISP-based project by Vikram Subramaniam '94, Ivan Sykes '97, and Henry M. Walker.
- Research Paper: Vikram Subramaniam '94, Ivan Sykes '97, Henry M. Walker, "An Expert System to Place Incoming Students in Mathematics and Computer Science Classes", Journal of Computer Science Education, Vol. 5, 1994, pp. 137-148.
Current work in this project proceeds on two fronts:
- Refining the rule base to provide better placement advice (currently, the rule base contains about 80 rules),
- Comparing proposed placements with subsequent student performance.