Stephanie August is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. She teaches courses in artificial intelligence, database management systems, and software engineering. Her research interests include cognitive science applications of artificial intelligence including interdisciplinary new media applications, natural language understanding, argumentation, and analogical reasoning. She has several publications in these areas. Dr. August is actively involved in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning community and is a 2006 CASTL Institute Scholar (Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning). She has published a case study to use in teaching computer science courses to increase the interpersonal orientation of the classroom experience. She is currently directing graduate and undergraduate students on NSF-funded projects to develop a Virtual Engineering Sciences Learning Lab in Second Life to provide an immersive learning environment for introductory engineering and computer science courses and to develop materials for teaching artificial intelligence through an experimental approach modeled after the lab sciences. Her industry experience includes software and system engineering for several defense C3I programs, and applied artificial intelligence research for military and medical applications.
VESLL (Virtual Engineering Sciences Learning Lab) is an online virtual learning environment and interactive museum that uses games and activities to explain basic math and science concepts. I’m Allison Neyer, a senior English major with a computer science minor. As a research assistant on the VESSL project, I created and programmed the crossword and jumble puzzle activities as one part of this overall project.
Don Murphy is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He has contributed to the XMLPipeDB program suite, the social networking site Serengeti, and the Virtual Engineering Science Learning Lab (VESLL) project. He worked in the university’s computer science lab as a teacher’s assistant, and has experience with programming languages including Java and C++.
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