Katrien Beuls

Postal address:

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Artificial Intelligence Lab
Pleinlaan 2
B-1050 Brussels

Room: G.10.725
Phone: +32 2 629 37 01
Fax: +32 2 629 37 29

My research can be situated in the domain of social Information Technology. Making use of the existing language game paradigm and the current technologies developed at the AI lab, I am working on a research prototype for an Intelligent Tutoring System in the domain of language. One of the innovative aspects of this project is the inclusion of a Machine Learning component into the knowledge representation of the artificial tutor that is used to configure new challenges and to generate a personalized student model. Moreover, recent results from the fields of Cognitive Science and Neuroscience are used to build in multiple tutoring strategies, so that the motivation and personality factors in the learning process are optimally supported.

In order to encode the same objective reality, speakers of different languages (and even within one language community) may use different cognitive-functional strategies to do so. My research wants to tackle typical obstacles in the acquisition of a foreign language such as the correct use of grammatical gender and the agreement patterns that are implied, metaphorical extensions in the use specific verb classes, etc.


Here are some of my selected publications. You can also take a look at the complete list of my publications.