John Benedict du Boulay
Emeritus Professor of Artificial Intelligence
Department of Informatics
University of Sussex
Brighton, BN1 9QH, U.K.
Tel: +44 (0)1273 678324
B.Sc. Physics (2.1) Imperial College, London, 1966;
P.G.C.E., University of Zambia, 1968; Ph.D., Department of
Artificial Intelligence, University
of Edinburgh, 1978.
Benedict du Boulay is an Emeritus Professor of Artificial Intelligence in the School of Engineering and Informatics at the University of Sussex and Visiting Professor at University College London. Following a Bachelors degree in Physics at Imperial College London, he spent time both in industry and as a secondary school teacher before returning to university to complete his PhD in 1978 in the Department of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh working on Logo. After a post-doc position at Edinburgh, a lectureship at the University of Aberdeen and a Sloan Fellowship at the University of California San Diego, he joined Sussex as a lecturer in 1983. He has been at Sussex since then, taking many roles of responsibility including Dean of Cognitive and Computing Sciences (COGS, 1994-1998) as well as Dean of Science and Technology (2002-2009). He has held two Erskine Fellowships at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2010, 2012) where he taught a course Artificial Intelligence in Education.
He has two main research areas. The first is the Psychology of Programming where his main work has been in the area of novices learning programming and the development of tools to assist that process. The second is the application of Artificial Intelligence in Education. Here he is particularly interested in issues around modelling and developing students' metacognition and motivation.
He was President (2015-2017) and is currently Treasurer and Secretary of the International Society for Artificial Intelligence in Education and an Associate Editor of its International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education.
He is General Chair for the Society's forthcoming conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education
(AIED2018) in London, was General Chair of the same conference in Wuhan in China in 2017,
and was the local organiser of its conference AIED2009 in Brighton.
He was Programme Chair for AIED1997 in Kobe, Japan.
He has co-organised various workshops on related areas over the years.
Recently these include the 1st and 2nd International Workshop on Affect, Meta-Affect, Data and Learning
(AMADL 2015 in Madrid, and AMADL 2016 in Zagreb) and the workshop on "Les Contes du Mariage: Should AI stay married to Ed?",
also in Madrid in 2015.
He has successfully supervised 25 PhD students in the above areas and examined more than 40 PhDs.
He has edited/written 9 books and written some 190 papers in the areas indicated above. In particular, he has published 14 papers in the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education.
These include 3 invited commentary papers in the 2016 Anniversary Issue of the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education celebrating highly cited papers over the last 25 years.
Member of the Advisory Board of
the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education,
on the editorial boards of the
Technology, Instruction, Cognition and Learning, the Journal
of Interactive Learning Environments
and the Journal of Computational Intelligence, and on the International
Advisory Board of Science and Technology, the Sultan Qaboos University Journal
of Scientific Research.
Programme Chair for AIED'97. Co-chair for ICCE'01. Local Arrangements Chair AIED'2009.
Program committee member for the following conference Series:
- Co-investigator (2007)
STAGE: Authoring as acting: exploring embodied interaction in game authoring environments for children,
(with J. Good, P. Romero, J. Robertson, ESRC/EPSRC £38,000. 1RF.
- Co-investigator (2004-2008)
Human Centred Technology Research Group Platform Grant
(with R. Luckin, G. Fitzpatrick and P. Cheng), EPSRC £400,000. 12 RFs over 5 years.
- co-investigator (2004-2005)
How compelling is the evidence for the effectiveness of e-learning in the post-16 sector, (with J. Coultas and R. Luckin), £
120,000. 1 RF
over two years.
- Co-investigator (2003-2006), ESRC/EPSRC PACCIT LINK grant
HOME and School Linked via Divergent Technology in a Pedagogic frameWORK.
- Principal Investigator (2001-2003), EPSRC grant
Coordination of Multiple External Representations in Learning Programming.
- Co-investigator (1998-2002), EPSRC grant
Computer Support in Neuroradiology via Interactive Overviews of Disease Spaces. 150,000
(1995-1997), ESRC grant A Cognitive Engineering Approach to
the Design of Computer-Based Training in Radiology. Employs Research
Fellow. 90,000 pounds.
- Contractor, TEMPUS grant with Bulgaria. About 15,000 ECU p.a.
and Coordinator, TEMPUS grant with Bulgaria. About 130,000 ECU
Investigator (1989-91), ESRC/MRC/SERC grant. 120,000 pounds.
Benedict du Boulay, Homepage updated on Wednesday 8 July 2015