Ashok Goel

Research Areas: 
Artificial Intelligence; Cognitive Science; Computational Design; Educational Technology; Online Ed

Ashok Goel is a Professor of Computer Science and Human-Centered Computing in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA. He research into cognitive systems at the intersection of artificial intelligence and cognitive science. He directs the School’s Design & Intelligence Laboratory. He is the Chief Scientist with Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities, a Fellow with the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems, Adjunct Faculty in the School of Computational Science and Engineering, and Adjunct Faculty in the School of Mechanical Engineering. Much of Ashok’s research into cognitive systems over 35 years has focused on conceptual design of technical systems, especially biologically inspired design. His 2012 TEDx talk summarizes some of this research. He was a co-editor of Biologically inspired design: Computational methods and tools published by Springer-Verlag in 2014. Ashok’s recent cognitive systems research focuses on human learning and education, especially online education. In 2014, he developed a popular online course on Knowledge-Based AI as part of Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Computer Science program. In 2016, he developed Jill Watson, a virtual teaching assistant for answering students’ questions in discussion forums of online classes. His 2016 TEDx talk summarizes some of this research. In 2018, he co-edited Blended learning in practice: A guide for researchers and practitioners published by MIT Press. From 2016 to 2021, Ashok was the Editor-in-Chief of AI Magazine published by the Association for Advancement in AI (AAAI) and the Founding Editor of AAAI’s Interactive AI Magazine; he is now Editor Emeritus. In 2019, he was a Co-Chair of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Ashok is a Fellow of AAAI and a recipient of AAAI’s Outstanding AI Educator Award.


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