Dr. Pardos is an Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley in a joint position between the Graduate School of Education and School of Information. His focal area of study has been broadening adaptive learning applications using big data. He earned his PhD in Computer Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the Tutor Research Group in 2012. Funded by a National Science Foundation Fellowship (GK-12) he spent extensive time on the front lines of K-12 education working with teachers and students to integrate educational technology into the curriculum as a formative assessment tool. He was program co-chair of the 2014 conference on Educational Data Mining, on the organizing committee for the 2014 Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference, and serves on the executive committee for the Artificial Intelligence in Education Society. He has received numerous academic awards and honors for work on predictive models of learning including a top prize applying his educational analytics in the 2010 KDD Cup, an international big data competition on predicting student performance within an intelligent tutoring system. Pardos comes to UC Berkeley after a post-doc at MIT studying Massive Open Online Courses. At UC Berkeley he directs the Computational Approaches to Human Learning (CAHL) research lab and teaches courses on Data Mining and Analytics, Digital Learning Environments, and Machine Learning in Education.
Research Expertise and Interest
Adaptive Learning, knowledge representation, Learning Analytics, Education Data Science, data mining, Big Data in Education, Digital Learning Environments, Knowledge Tracing, Cognitive Modeling, Adaptive Personalization, Formative Assessment, intelligent tutoring systems, higher education, machine learning, computational social science, Learning Science, psychometrics, Recommender Systems
May 27, 2020
Disaster is a laboratory for innovation. During a war, or in the aftermath of an earthquake, whole societies mobilize to answer the immediate challenge, while a cadre of researchers looks for a way to transform the crisis into advances that will improve lives, or save lives, in the future.
September 30, 2019
UC Berkeley Assistant Professor Zachary Pardos and his team have developed a machine learning approach that promises to help more community college students position themselves to transfer and succeed at four-year colleges and universities.