Two Sigma Challenge

Dive into the future of higher education with SMARTA (Student Motivation and Reflective Training AI-Assistants). This project introduces AI chatbots as personal study coaches, aiming to bridge the educational gap known as the Two Sigma Problem. With the power of AI, SMARTA offers a trio of specialized chatbots designed to enhance student motivation, deepen engagement, and personalize the learning journey for over 5000 students at a German university. From fostering empathetic support to encouraging self-directed learning and interactive dialogues, these chatbots mark a significant leap towards mimicking the personalized touch of one-on-one tutoring. Discover how SMARTA leverages AI to turn the Two Sigma challenge into an unparalleled opportunity for students alike. Get ready to explore the cutting-edge intersection of technology and education, where personalization meets excellence. Join us on this enlightening journey to redefine the landscape of higher education through the lens of AI.

MUSE (Motivation-Understanding-Schema for Effectiveness)

The chatbot ALIX’s job is to encourage students. As part of the SMARTA project, we’re looking to see if students come to the chat feeling motivated or not. We’re also trying to find out if chatting with ALIX changes their motivation levels. For example, a student might start the chat in a bad mood and not feel better after talking to ALIX. We call this a ‘Stagnation Spiral.’ Ideally, we want ALIX to help students who are feeling down become more motivated, which we call a ‘Motivation Reboot.’

Currently, we can measure the mood/sentiment of each chat and how it changes (!). We don’t know the users’ names, but we can analyze and record the chat’s sentiment. This lets us track how often something like a ‘Euphoria Decline’ occurs. Right now, the percentages in our matrix are just rough estimates. We’ll publish exact numbers in spring 2024.