Collin Lynch.


Intelligent Systems Program
University of Pittsburgh

Office: Intelligent Systems Program
5108 Sennott Square
University Of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
15260 USA

email: collinl AT cs.pitt.edu




Current Research:


I am a Ph.D. student in the Intelligent Systems Program at the University of Pittsburgh. My research work includes:
  • Graph learning and rule induction for rich graph structures.
  • Automated analysis of student produced argument diagrams and written scientific arguments.
  • Intelligent tutoring systems and graphical models for scientific and legal argumentation.
  • Research on instructional techniques for legal reading and writing with Prof. David Herring.
  • Research on peer collaboration in writing instruction with Dr. Kevin D. Ashley, Dr. Chris Schunn, & Dr. Diane Litman.
  • Use of hypothetical cases in case based reasoning with a focus on legal argumentation.

Publications:


  • Book Chapters.

    • Lynch, C., Ashley, K. D., Pinkwart, N., & Aleven, V. Ill-Defined Domains and Adaptive Tutoring Technologies in Durlach, P. & Lesgold, A. M (Eds.) Adaptive Technologies for Training and Education. Cambridge University Press. (source)

    • Ashley, K., Lynch, C. (2010) Are Argument Diagrams of Hypothetical Reasoning Diagnostic? in Stein, M.K., & Kucan, L. (Eds.) Instructional Explanations in the Disciplines. pp. 171-188 New York: Springer.

  • Journal Articles.

    • Herring, D. Lynch, C. (2012). Teaching Skills of Legal Analysis: Does the Emperor Have Any Clothes? In Gerdy, K. (ed). Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute. Volume 18. (in press).

    • Lynch, C. Ashley, K. D. Pinkwart, N., Aleven, V. (2009) Concepts, Structures, and Goals: Redefining Ill-Definedness In Aleven, V., Lynch, C. Pinkwart, N., Ashley, K. (Eds). International Journal of AI in Education; Special Issue on Ill-Defined Domains. Volume 19. Number 3. pp. 253-266 (source)

    • Pinkwart, N., Aleven, V., Ashley, K. D., & Lynch, C. (2009) Adaptive Räckmeldungen im Intelligenten Tutorensystem LARGO In E-Learning & Education Vol. 5 CampusSource.de & University of Hagen

    • Pinkwart, N. and Ashley, K. D. and Lynch, C. and and Aleven, V. (2009) Evaluating an Intelligent Tutoring System for Making Legal Arguments with Hypotheticals To appear in: Aleven, V., Lynch, C. Pinkwart, N., Ashley, K. (Eds). International Journal of AI in Education; Special Issue on Ill-Defined Domains. Volume 19. Number 4.

    • VanLehn, K., Lynch, C., Schulze, K., Shapiro, J.A., Shelby, R., Taylor, L., Treacy, D., Weinstein, A., and Wintersgill, M. (2005). "The Andes Physics Tutoring System: Lessons Learned." International Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Education, 15 (3). (pdf)

  • Peer-Reviewed Conference and Workshop Publications.

    • Lynch, C., Ashley, K. D., and Falakmassir, M. (2012) Comparing Argument Diagrams in Schafer, Burkhardt (ed.) JURIX 2012: The Twenty-Fifth Annual Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems (pp. 81-90) IOS Press.

    • Lynch, C. and K. D. Ashley (2012). Modeling Student Arguments in Research Reports. In: Advances in Applied Human Modeling and Simulation Advances in Human Factors and Ergonomics 2012 14 Volume Set: Proceedings of the 4th AHFE Conference 21-25 July 2012. Ed. by V. Duffy. CRC Press: Taylor and Francis Group.

    • Ashley, K., Lynch, C., Pinkwart, N., Aleven. (2010) Borderline Cases of Ill-definedness – and How Different Definitions Deal with Them. In Proceedings of Workshop on Intelligent Tutoring Technologies for Ill-Defined Problems and Ill-Defined Domains. (ITS Workshop), Pittsburgh, PA, June.

    • Lynch, C., Ashley, K. D., Pinkwart, N., & Aleven, V. (2009). Argument Diagramming and Diagnostic Reliability. In Guido Governatori (Ed.) Legal Knowledge and Information Systems, Jurix 2009: The Twenty-Second Annual Conference. (p. 106-115). Amsterdam, IOS Press

    • Ashley, K., Lynch, C. Pinkwart, N., and Aleven, V. (2009) Toward Modeling and Teaching Legal Case-Based Adaptation with Expert Examples In McGinty, Lorraine; Wilson, David C. (Eds.) Case-Based Reasoning Research and Development [LNCS 0302-9743 (Print) 1611-3349 (Online)]: Proceedings of the 2009 International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning (p. 45-59) Springer

    • Pinkwart, N. Lynch, C., Ashley, K., and Aleven, V. (2009) Assessing Argument Diagrams in an Ill-defined Domain In Vania Dimitrova, Riichiro Mizoguchi, Benedict du Boulay, Arthur C. Graesser (Eds.) Artificial Intelligence in Education: Building Learning Systems that Care: From Knowledge Representation to Affective Modelling, Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on AI in Education (p. 590-592)

    • Lynch, C., Ashley, K., Pinkwart, N., & Aleven, V. (2008) "Argument Graph Classification with Genetic Programming and C4.5" In R. S. J. Baker, T. Barnes, and J. E. Beck (Editors). Educational Data Mining 2008: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Educational Data Mining Montréal, Québec, Canada, June 20-21 2008. (p 137-146) (pdf)

    • Lynch, C., Pinkwart, N. Ashley, K., & Aleven, V. (2008). "What Do Argument Diagrams Tell Us About Students' Aptitude Or Experience? A Statistical Analysis In An Ill-Defined Domain." In V. Aleven, K. Ashley, C. Lynch, & N. Pinkwart (Eds.), Proceedings of the Workshop on Intelligent Tutoring Systems for Ill-Defined Domains at the 9th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (p. 56-67). Montréal, Canada. (pdf)

    • Pinkwart, N., Ashley, K. D., Aleven, V., and Lynch C. Graph Grammars: An ITS Technology for Diagram Representations. In FLAIRS Conference 2008 (p. 433-438)

    • Ashley, K., Lynch, C., Pinkwart, N., Aleven, V. (2008) A Process Model of Legal Argument with Hypotheticals. In Francesconi, E., Sartor, G. and Tiscornia, D. (Editors) Legal Knowledge and Information Systems, Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference, Jurix 2008, pp. 1-10. IOS Press. (pdf)

    • Pinkwart, N., Lynch, C., Ashley, K., & Aleven, V. (2008). Re-Evaluating LARGO in the Classroom: Are Diagrams Better than Text for Teaching Argumentation Skills? In B. Woolf, E, Aïmer, R. Nkambou, and S. Lajoie (Editors).Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Proceedings of the 9th International Conference ITS 2008 Montréal, Canada, June 2008. (pdf)

    • Pinkwart, N., Lynch, C., Ashley, K., & Aleven, V. (2007). Student's Usage of Multiple Linked Argument Representations in LARGO. In T. Gross (Ed.), Tagungsband Mensch & Computer 2007 (p. 245-250). Munich (Germany), Oldenbourg. (ppt)

    • Pinkwart, N., Aleven, V., Ashley, K., & Lynch, C. (2007). Evaluating Legal Argument Instruction with Graphical Representations Using LARGO. In R. Luckin, K. Koedinger, & J. Greer (Eds.), Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (p. 101-108). Amsterdam (The Netherlands), IOS Press. (pdf, ppt)
      • Invited for submission to the International Journal of AI in Education.

    • Lynch, C., Ashley, K., Pinkwart, N., & Aleven, V. (2007). Argument diagramming as focusing device: does it scaffold reading? In V. Aleven, K. Ashley, C. Lynch, & N. Pinkwart (Eds.), Proceedings of the Workshop on AIED Applications for Ill-Defined Domains at the 13th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (p. 51-60). Los Angeles (CA). (pdf)

    • Ashley, K., Pinkwart, N., Lynch, C., & Aleven, V. (2007). Learning by Diagramming Supreme Court Oral Arguments. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law (p. 271-275). New York (NY), ACM Press. (pdf)
      • Invited for submission to the International Journal of AI and Law.

    • Pinkwart, N., Aleven, V., Ashley, K., & Lynch, C. (2006). Schwachstellenermittlung und Rückmeldungsprinzipen in einem intelligenten Tutorensystem für juristische Argumentation (Weakness Detection and Feedback Principles in an Intelligent Tutoring System for Legal Argumentation). In M. Mühlhäuser, G. Rößling, & R. Steinmetz (Eds.), GI Lecture Notes in Informatics - Tagungsband der 4. e-Learning Fachtagung Informatik (p. 75-86). Bonn (Germany), Gesellschaft für Informatik. (pdf)

    • Pinkwart, N., Aleven, V., Ashley, K., & Lynch, C. (2006). Using Collaborative Filtering in an Intelligent Tutoring System for Legal Argumentation. In S. Weibelzahl, & A. Cristea (Eds.), Proceedings of Workshops held at the 4th International Conference on Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web-Based Systems. Lecture Notes in Learning and Teaching (p. 542-551). Dublin (Ireland), National College of Ireland.

    • Lynch, C., Ashley, K., Aleven, V., & Pinkwart, N. (2006). "Defining Ill-Defined Domains; A literature survey." In Aleven, V., Ashley, K., Lynch, C. & Pinkwart, N. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Workshop on Intelligent Tutoring Systems for Ill-Defined Domains at the 8th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (p. 1-10). Jhongli (Taiwan), National Central University. (pdf)

    • Aleven, V., Pinkwart, N., Ashley, K., & Lynch, C. (2006). "Supporting Self-explanation of Argument Transcripts: Specific v. Generic Prompts." In Aleven, V., Ashley, K., Lynch, C., & Pinkwart N., (Eds.), Proceedings of the Workshop on Intelligent Tutoring Systems for Ill-Defined Domains at the 8th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (p. 47-55). Jhongli (Taiwan), National Central University. (pdf)

    • Pinkwart, N., Aleven, V., Ashley, K., & Lynch, C. (2006). "Toward Legal Argument Instruction with Graph Grammars and Collaborative Filtering Techniques." In M. Ikeda, K. Ashley, & T. W. Chan (Eds.), Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 4053 (p. 227-236). Berlin (Germany), Springer. (pdf)

    • Vanlehn, K., Lynch, C., Schultz, K., Shapiro, J. A., Shelby, R. H., Taylor, L., Treacy, D. J., Weinstein, A., and Wintersgill, M. C. (2005). "The Andes physics tutoring system: Five years of evaluations." G. I. McCalla and C.-K. Looi (Eds.), Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence in Education Conference. Amsterdam: IOS. (pdf)

    • Aleven, V., Ashley, K. D., and Lynch, C. (2005) "Helping Law Students to Understand US Supreme Court Oral Arguments: A Planned Experiment." Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law. June 6-11, 2005, Bologna Italy. (pdf)

    • VanLehn, K., Bhembe, D., Chi, M., Lynch, C., Schulze, K., Shelby, R., Taylor, L., Treacy, D., Weinstein, A., & Wintersgill, M. (2004). "Implicit versus explicit learning of strategies in a non-procedural cognitive skill." Lester, J.C., Vicari, R.M., Paraguacu, F. (Eds.), 7th Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Berlin: Springer, pages 521-530. (pdf)

    • VanLehn K., Lynch C., Taylor L., Weinstein A., Shelby R., Schulze K., Treacy D., and Wintersgill M. (2002) "Minimally Invasive Tutoring of Complex Physics Problem Solving." Cerri, Gouarderes, Paraguacu (Eds). Intelligent Tutoring Systems; Proceedings of the 7th International Congress, ITS 2002. Biarritz, France and San Sebastian, Spain. 2002 Mind, 59, 433-460. (pdf)

  • Poster Publications & Research Abstracts

    • Elfenbein, M., Lippman, J., Diabes M., Luchau C., Lynch, C., Ashley, K. D., Schunn, C. (2012) To Revise or Not To Revise: What influences Undergraduates to Implement Peer Critiques of Their Argument Diagrams? Poster to be presented at the 4th Biennial Conference of the International Society for the Psychology of Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. July.

    • Lynch, C., Ashley, K. D., Pinkwart, N., & Aleven, V. (2009). Toward Assessing Law Students' Argument Diagrams. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law (p. 222-223). New York (NY), ACM Press (pdf)

  • Technical Reports and Open Publications:

    • Herring, D. Lynch, C. (2010). Enhancing Traditional Law Teaching to Produce Measurable Gains University of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-16. Available at SSRN: #2084345

    • Herring, D. Lynch, C. (2010). Teaching Skills of Legal Analysis: Does the Emperor Have Any Clothes? University of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2011-16. Available at SSRN: #1856109

    • Lynch, C., Ashley, K., Pinkwart, N., & Aleven, V., (2009). Computational Argument as a Diagnostic Tool: The Role of Reliability In Bench-Capon, T, Parsons, S. \& Prakken H. (Eds.), The Uses of Computational Argumentation: Papers from the AAAI Fall Symposium. Tech Report: FS-09-06 Menlo Park, California, AAAI Press.

  • Edited Volumes.

    • Lynch, C., K. Ashley, A. Mitrovic, V. Dimitrova, N. Pinkwart, V. Aleven, eds. (2010). Proceedings of the Workshop on Intelligent Tutoring Systems for Ill-Defined Domains at the 10th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS). Pittsburgh, PA, USA. (see here)

    • Pinkwart, N., Lynch, C., Ashley, K. D., Aleven, V. eds. (2009). International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, Special Issues on AIED applications for ill-defined domains. 19(3-4) (www.iaied.org)

    • Aleven, V., Ashley, K. D., Lynch, C., Pinkwart, N. eds. (2008). Proceedings of the Workshop on Intelligent Tutoring Systems for Ill-Defined Domains at the 9th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS). Montreal, Canada.(see here)

    • Aleven, V., Ashley, K. D., Lynch, C., Pinkwart, N. eds. (2007). Proceedings of the Workshop on AIED Applications for Ill-Defined Domains at the 13th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED). Los Angeles, CA, USA.(see here)

    • Aleven, V., Ashley, K. D., Lynch, C., Pinkwart, N. eds. (2006). Proceedings of the Workshop on Intelligent Tutoring Systems for Ill-Defined Domains at the 8th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS). Jhongli, Taiwan.(see here)

  • Additional Publications

    • Lynch, C., Ashley, K. D., Pinkwart, N., Aleven, V. (2009) Preface In International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, Special Issues on AIED applications for Ill-Defined Domains. 19(4): 335-336


Invited Talks:


  • Educational Datamining and Ill-Defined Domains. Invited talk at Institut für Informatik Technische Universität Clausthal, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany December 2009

  • Concepts and Goals: What Makes a Problem or Domain Ill-Defined Invited talk for the Army Research Institute: Workshop on Adaptive Training Technologies. March 2009.

  • Hypothetical Games; A Research Overview. Intelligent Systems Program Seminar Series. Spring 2006.

  • Hypothetical Case Generation: A Proposed Model. Intelligent Systems Program Seminar Series, Spring 2005.


Workshops:



Awards:


  • Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship. 2009-2010
  • Best Paper Award: Artificial Intelligence and Education Conference 2005 "The Andes Physics Tutoring System: Five years of evaluations."
  • Arts and Sciences Fellowship, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh. 2004-2006

Prior Research Positions:



Teaching Experience:


  • Spring Semester 2009: Teaching Assistant for Prof. Wendy Chapman of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh. Natural Language Processing for Biomedical Informatics.

Volunteer Work:


  • Student Volunteers Co-Chair: 10th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS2010).
  • Reviewer: EDM 2012: The 5th International Conference on Educational Data Mining

Electronic Voting:


In addition to my research activities I have also been involved in the political, security, and social issues surrounding the deployment of Electronic voting in Allegheny County. For more information relating to this issue see here.
  • Positions held:
    • May 2006 - May 2010: President VoteAllegheny.org
    • November 2006 - Present: Co-Chair Allegheny County Citizen's Advisory Council on Elections (CACE).
      • The Council's Initial report is available here.
  • Reports and Comments:
    • Election Night Tabulation Report documenting the process of returns tabulation and open questions from the 2006 Mid-Term elections.
    • Comparative costs estimates for touch-screen and optical scanner systems in Allegheny County.
    • I am presently involved in an effort to encourage Allegheny County to audit its voting machines so as to ensure that, at the very least ensure that what voting systems they have are, in fact, what they are supposed to be.
      • My specific recommendations are here
      • A VoteAllegheny Press release summarizing the points may be found here

LaTeX packages:


  • International Journal of AI in Education these latex class and style files provide layout formats for the IJAIED a publication of the (International AIED Society),

R packages:


  • GapGGplot

    How do you make a gap plot using ggplot2?

    That is a bad question, forbidden even. As any self-respecting statistician will tell you gap plots conflate disparate results and risk, dare I say it encourage, readers to draw the wrong conclusions so you must never ever do it. Bad bad naughty wicked statistician! (and so on).

    So how do you do it?

    You can select subsets of plots using the coordinates calls in ggplot2 and then put them together using the gridExtra package. Or you could just use the functions in this package which is much much easier. This package is released under the GNU GPL-v2