Dr. Susan Bull received her PhD in Artificial Intelligence in Education from the University of Edinburgh in 1997. She is now a senior lecturer in Adaptive Learning Environments and User Modelling at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She leads the School’s research in educational technologies, with the major focus on open learner models to facilitate learning and to promote learner independence. She supervises several PhD students working on various aspects of open learner modelling.
Current research interests include the investigation of open learner models in schools and with teachers; negotiated learner models; open learner models in language learning, science, engineering and programming; deployment of open learner models, including uptake by students and instructors; and general issues of user trust and privacy in environments with open learner models.
Susan Bull is on the Executive Committee of the International Artificial Intelligence in Education Society, and co-ordinates the informal Learner Modelling for Reflection (LeMoRE) group of researchers, which has over 70 members from 18 countries.
She was Programme Chair of the 2011 international Artificial Intelligence in Education conference. She recently completed a work as PI on integrating an open learner model across degree courses (The UK-SpecIAL Project), funded by the UK Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre; and is currently PI on the EC FP7 Next-TELL project.
Her research with the OLMlets open learner model (2005 onwards) has been supported and funded internally by the School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering, with contributions from the Centre for Learning, Innovation and Collaboration (University of Birmingham). Bull has over 100 academic publications.