University of Pittsburgh School of Computing & Information
Dmitriy Babichenko is a Professor of Practice at the School of Computing and Information at the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Babichenko has extensive industry experience in educational software design and development, IT project management, and web systems architecture design. His research interest include learning technologies, medical decision support systems, and serious (transformational) games. Since joining SIS in 2013, Dmitriy has taught undergraduate courses in programming and information systems analysis, design and implementation, databases, and games design. Dmitriy is also responsible for directing projects at the Learning Technologies Lab and managing the undergraduate internship program.
Peter Brusilovsky is a Professor of Computing and Information and Intelligent Systems at the University of Pittsburgh, where he directs Personalized Adaptive Web Systems (PAWS) lab. Peter has been working in the field of adaptive educational systems, user modeling, and intelligent user interfaces for over 20 years. He published numerous papers and edited several books on adaptive hypermedia and the adaptive Web. He was holding visiting faculty appointments at Sussex University (UK), Tokyo Denki University (Japan), University of Trier (Germany), Free University of Bolzano (Italy), National College of Ireland, Aalto University (Finland) and Carnegie Mellon University. Peter is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies and a board member of several journals including User Modeling and User Adapted Interaction and International Journal of AI in Education
Dr. Lorin Grieve’s research and practice focus is on the conflux of educational experiences and game design. Through a lens of instructional design, they have enhanced the experience in classes at the School of Pharmacy and the School of Computer and Information Science. One such class, Drug Discovery and Development, is unique in being one of the few fully-gamified experiences on campus. Through the application of game design principles, Dr. Grieve has made strides in enhancing student comfort and ability in what have been labeled the “21st Century Skills”. These skills include critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.
Ravi Patel, PharmD is a Lead Innovation Advisor at the at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh. Upon completing the School of Pharmacy’s PharmD program, Dr. Patel enter the Fellowship to learn about the application of creativity and innovation in pharmacy education and practice. He currently teaches in the Pharmacy Innovation course and helps run the operation of the Pharmacy Innovation Program at the School of Pharmacy.
Elizabeth Bilodeau, DMD, MD, MSEd is an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. A Board Certified Oral Pathologist, Dr. Bilodeau serves as the Course Director of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology Course. She received an Award for Innovation in Education in 2014 for a project focused on the gamification of oral diagnosis, specifically oral pathology and oral radiology to be used in conjunction with an online atlas of oral lesions.
John Lutz is the Director of Information Technology and Co-Director of Research at the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research (WISER) at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He provides management and guidance for all software development projects as well as new hardware implementation and information technology support. He works with WISER faculty to develop the various research programs at WISER, and assists in research design, data collection, and analysis. He is the architect of the Simulation Information Management System (SIMS), which WISER uses to manage the facility, deliver educational content, and produce data for research and management. John has over 20 years of experience in software engineering, web technologies, and UNIX and Windows system administration. He received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Zach Horton is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on the intersection of technological mediation, ecology, and scale. His current research projects include a study of the “cosmic zoom” and the development of a trans-disciplinary theory of scale, as well as a multimodal study of the Magnavox Odyssey, the first video game system. He is also working on a cultural history of geo-scale technics. Methodologically his work combines media archaeology, critical making, and critical theory. He is the director of the Vibrant Media Lab at Pitt. He is also a filmmaker and camera designer.
Eliza Beth Littleton, PhD is a learning scientist who has been studying the teaching and learning of surgery since developing a classification of teaching behaviors in the operating room. Before that, she studied cognitive processes for a variety of domains and across ages; from learning to read and write, to navigating a submarine in the darkness of the undersea environment. Her work in simulation based training has contributed to the field of distributed team performance in naval aviation. Recently she has led a diverse team to create a university recommender system for fostering collaboration and learning across disciplines. In her role as a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, she conducts research and guides faculty in the processes of research for education and learning. She also consults about new training technologies such as robotic assisted surgery for the the Pittsburgh Collaborative Research Education and Technology Enhancement in Surgery.