(Last updated 7/24/2016)
Mail: RI-NSH 3113, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Email: mostow at
cs.cmu.edu (preferred means of contact)
Phone: (412) 268-1330
FAX: (412) 268-6436
Administrative assistant: Lynnetta Miller, 268-8126
I am now leading Carnegie Mellon’s RoboTutor team competing for the Global Learning XPRIZE, expanding my previous work on Project LISTEN’s Reading Tutor that listens to children read aloud. The Reading Tutor adapts automated speech recognition to analyze oral reading. The Reading Tutor responds with spoken and graphical assistance modeled in part after expert reading teachers, but adapted to the strengths and limitations of the technology. Experimental use of the Reading Tutor in elementary school classrooms improved reading proficiency. My previous work in artificial intelligence included machine learning, automated replay of design plans, and discovery of search heuristics.
RoboTutor offers exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary work in intelligent tutors, educational data mining, graphic design, speech technologies, cognitive and motivational psychology, human-computer interaction, computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
A.B. cum laude in
Applied Mathematics (1974),
Ph.D. in Computer Science (1981) and NSF Graduate Fellow,
Dr. Mostow’s research interests in artificial
intelligence have included speech, machine learning, and design. After research
and faculty positions at Stanford, Information Sciences Institute, and
Dr. Mostow was Program Co-chair of the Fifteenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI98), and has served as an editor of Machine Learning Journal and IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering.
In 2003, Dr. Mostow was awarded The Allen Newell Medal for Research Excellence.
In 2010, he chaired the 10th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems and was elected President of the International Artificial Intelligence in Education Society.
It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future. – Yogi Berra
You can observe a lot by watching. – Yogi Berra
Wherever you go, there you are. – Buckeroo Banzai
Access to all the books in the Library of Congress is of little use if you cannot read. [F. Cairncross, The Death of Distance, p. 253.]
After all my time here, I’ve yet to see any problem, however complicated,
which when you looked at it the right way didn’t become still more complicated.
[spoken by Arne Viken, character in Call Me Joe, by Poul Anderson, 1957.]
Claims about amplified responses to new media are often exaggerated. Our research is a reminder that we can cry when we read, and we can be bored in a virtual world.... Ultimately, it’s the pictures in our heads that matter, not the ones on the screen. [B. Reeves & C. Nass, The Media Equation: How People Treat Computers, Television, and New Media Like Real People and Places, p. 252.]
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Oct. 31, 2010: sang in Zamir Chorale’s 50th Anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall in NYC
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Oct. 15-24, 2010: double bill of 1-act operas:
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Pittsburgh City Paper: “The performances are energetic, the voices robust and the orchestra skilled… crowd-pleasing comedy.”
June 27-30, 2004: The Eleventh Annual Meeting of
the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading provided many photo-ops, including
this panorama of attendees enjoying an outdoor cafe on a houseboat-lined canal
in beautiful Amsterdam.
March 5-21, 2004: Jack plays the Duke in Pittsburgh Savoyards’ Patience. Click here for details.
October 10-25, 2003: Jack stars as Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B., in
His admiring "sisters, cousins, and aunts" included Melody, ..., Emily, Janet, and friend Sara. (Click here or on photo for a short videoclip of them.)
July, 2003: AIED2003 in
October 3-4, 2002: Jack enjoys 2-day, 115-mile bicycle ride with Governor Mark Schweiker...
... and about 800 other riders.
For 14 highlight photos, see http://photomail.photoworks.com/sharing/album.asp?Key=1~FQQ4aBru.cJVX94m3Uq30rSv1z8OK0QKX8zi.itY5gpHBVcR9uwowF0NCWO6ecDe.
For 63 photos (out of 6 rolls I shot), see http://photomail.photoworks.com/sharing/album.asp?Key=1~FQQ4aBru.cKEq/kxwuuU7JVN.ji.fmt.1O7bat8dGWhYVH/7yUIl/Pwr031MN.6o
July, 2001: Jack attends 25th reunion of 1976 BikeCentennial
bicycle trip across the
For summer 1976 photos (mostly BikeCentennial), see photos\1976_summer_photos_including_BikeCentennial.
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January 26 - February 11, 2001: Jack and Melody perform in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Gondoliers.
December 29, 2000: Cross-country skiing in Laurel Ridge State Park.
December 16, 2000: Emily helps Janet lead songs:
Click here to see a montage of photos from ITS’2000 in Montreal taken by Dr. Mostow using a Visor eyemodule(TM).
May 22, 2000: Daughter Emily holds up diploma in
"Manners" earned by our dog Skippy (wearing graduation cap) at
March 3-19, 2000: performed with daughter Melody in
Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic operetta HMS Pinafore with the Pittsburgh Savoyards.
See glowing reviews in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ("A highlight is the wonderful a cappella harmony shared by Gross, Jack Mostow and Todd Farwell on A British Tar.") and In Pittsburgh. (Photos below by castmate Tanya Veverka.)