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Mutual-modeling project announcement

When students solve a problem collaboratively, they maintain some representation of their partners' goals, knowledge and understanding. This mutual model may be not highly detailed, nor explicit, but is still necessary to build a shared understanding. An alternative view is that learners construct a model of the group interactions as a whole. In both cases, this modeling increases the co-learners' cognitive activity. Our main hypothesis is that this modeling activity leads co-learners to think more deeply about the task and hence to improve their knowledge. This new project will be carried out in collaboration with 4 European countries. It is funded by the Swiss Science Foundation, in partnership with the European Science Foundation. The project will begin in Spring 2005

announcement by Pierre Dillenbourg

Posted by Mirweis Sangin on Thursday 10 February 2005 at 16:25
Modelling of mutual knowledge and mental attitudes has been one of the topics of my Ph.D. thesis on "Cognitive Language Engineering": http://ic2.epfl.ch/~pallotta/thesis.html

I elaborated the work on ViewFinder started by Afzal Ballim and Yorik Wilks with the book Artificial Believers in 1991.

Some information on ViewFinder are available here:


I will be back at EPFL since April 3rd at the Global Computing Center and I'll be very glad to discuss with the members of the Mutual-Modelling project about possible collaborations.

Vincenzo Pallotta

More about me on http://ic2.epfl.ch/~pallotta
Posted by Vincenzo Pallotta on Thursday 3 March 2005 at 7:14