Francisco Iacobelli's academic website

I am an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Northeastern Illinois University. I usually am at LWH (Lech Walesa Hall) 3060. Check my classes and office hours here. My email is at the bottom of the page.

I got my undergraduate degree in Systems Engineer and Informatics at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile . I got a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Infolab, in the Computer Science department of Northwestern University; a Masters in Computer Science at DePaul University with a concentration in AI. Other interests include: Computational linguistics and enhancing social interactions with technology that can help make a difference, such as intelligent tutoring systems and other aspects of AI applied to the education of children. In the past I worked developing Virtual Peers for minority children with Justine Cassell at the ArticuLab.

Here's my CV

More about my research and publications by clicking the tabs above.

Current Research

Information is essential for social interactions. Most of us get a great deal of this information from web: think news, blogs, wikipedia, twitter, facebook, etc. To push the envelope of what can be done with this information, my research explores intelligent strategies for filtering and presenting information. These strategies are based on algorithms built with clear functional goals and that afford multiple distinctions based on the nature of the data retrieved. In addition, the information presented should be relevant and distinct. That is every resource should provide a unique piece of information that is potentially useful and on-point with a particular topic or event. This information should help consumers of web content get a complete report on the topics or events of their interest. In addition, I am interested in exploring techinques of computational linguistics that can shed light on the underlying mechanisms of social interactions, such as political debate.

In sum, I explore social interactions and ways in which technology can augment information to favor learning. This, in turn, may conduce to richer social interactions. Check my interview on the topic of new media on the French newspaper Le Monde.

Projects: For current projects, check our lab's website.
Past projects are listed below:

  • Tell Me More: An online news reader that provides relevant details from other news sources. It has been featured in The New Scientist , Le Monde, and in the french technology magazine L'Atelier
  • MakeMyPage: An aggregator that strives to retrieve diverse and on-point information about popular topics.