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Ivon Arroyo

  • Assistant Professor, 
  • Learning Sciences and Technologies

I am interested in the COMPUTER SCIENCE and ENGINEERING perspective of learning technologies. I have created artificially intelligent tutoring software that models students knowledge and affective states, from behaviors and physiological sensors, as students use the software; I have used data mining and statistical methods to empirically model student mental/affective states from past student data. Implemented web-based architectures (Java Servlets, Clients, MySQL databases, communication protocols) for cyber-larning technologies, and more recently have embarked in creating clothes and wearable learning tools for children to learn mathematics while playing outdoors.

I am interested in the EDUCATION perspective of learning sciences and technologies. I have has researched and created multimedia learning software for mathematics, and worked closely with thousands of K-12 students and teachers, deployed software in public schools, while trying understand how students best learn, develop abstract thought, and perceive mathematics with interactive math learning software, and how to support teachers in their teaching process via digital assessment tools.

I am interested in the PSYCHOLOGY perspective of learning sciences and technologies. I have studied developmental gender differences in the use and benefit of math tutoring software, cognitive psychology issues in relation to the best representations to use while teaching mathematics, and memory retrieval studies where the training of speed of retrieval of basic math facts help students increase working memory capacity and succeed in complex math tasks.

Research Interests

Learning with novel technologies; multimedia learning; intelligent tutoring systems; personalized learning systems;  wearable learning and e-Textiles; mathematics education; development of abstract thought; individual differences ; K-12 ; learner characteristics and   learning;  Affect and learning; educational data mining; culturally-congruent technologies for learning; student modeling; instructional strategy;  didactics in learning systems.


  • B.S. in Computer Science, Universidad Blas Pascal, Argentina, 1995
  • M.S. in Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2000
  • Ed.D. in Math and Science Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2003

Featured Publications

  • Arroyo, I., Burleson, W., Tai, M., Muldner, K., Woolf, B.P. (to appear in November 2013) Gender Differences In the Use and Benefit of Advanced Learning Technologies for Mathematics. Journal of Educational Psychology.
  • Arroyo, I., Royer, J.M., Woolf, B.P. (2011). Using an Intelligent Tutor and Math Fluency Training to Improve Math Performance. International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education. 21 (2), pp. 135-152.
  • Beal, C. R., Arroyo, I., Cohen, P. R., & Woolf, B. P. (2010). Evaluation of AnimalWatch: An intelligent tutoring system for arithmetic and fractions. Journal of Interactive Online Learning, 9, 64-77.
  • Woolf, B.; Burleson, W.; Arroyo, I.; Dragon, T; Picard, R. (2008). Towards computer tutors that detect and respond to student emotion. Special issue on Modeling and scaffolding affective experiences to impact learning, International Journal of Learning Technology. Inderscience Publishers.
  • Beal, C. R., Walles, R., Arroyo, I., & Woolf, B. P. (2007). On-line tutoring for math achievement testing: A controlled evaluation. Journal of Interactive Online Learning, 6 (1), 43-55.
  • Arroyo, I., Woolf, B., Beal, C.R. (2006). Addressing Cognitive Differences and Gender During Problem Solving. International Journal of Technology, Instruction, Cognition and Learning. Vol. 4, pp. 31-63.

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Professional Highlights

  • NSF Highligts: Results of project “What kind of Math Software Works for Girls?” (Arroyo, PI) was highlighted in 2010.
  • Best paper award at the 3rd  International Conference on Educational Data Mining. Pittsburgh, June 2010. Effort-based tutoring: an empirical approach to Intelligent Tutoring.
  • Nomination to Best paper award at the 10th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems. Pittsburgh, June 2010.  Improving Math Learning through Intelligent Tutoring and Basic Skills Training.
  • Outstanding Reviewer mention to the 10th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems.
  • Best paper award at the 14th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education. Emotion Sensors Go To School. Brighton, UK. July 2009.
  • Best poster award for: Beck, J. E., Arroyo, I., Beal, C. R., and Beal, C. R.. An Ablative Evaluation. Ninth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education. pp. 611-613. Le Mans, France. July 1999.
  • Fulbright Fellow, Fulbright Masters Program, Argentina and United States. 1996
  • First prize at the XXIII JAIIO undergraduate student-level contest, organized by SADIO (Argentine Society of Informatics), for the research and development project on COMPUTER VISION --automatic detection of special cells on an image. It was called “Cells++: a cell counter”. Buenos Aires, Argentina. September 1994.
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