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
Lorin Grieve was awarded his PharmD from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014 with an additional Area of Concentration that focused on academic research. Following this, he completed a postgraduate fellowship for Clinical Simulation at the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh. During that time, he was contracted with the School of Pharmacy to lead the effort in redesigning the Drug Development 1 class from the standard didactic model to a more engaging game-like experience. He has since been brought on board to lead that class (now referred to as RxPedition) and to strengthen the collaboration between the School of Pharmacy and the School of Computing and Information. Lorin believes that his years of experience designing games for entertainment purposes will allow him to apply gaming techniques to the classroom; gamifying the experience and increasing student engagement and motivation. In addition to games, his interests include ancient pharmacy practice and a well-made cup of coffee.
Ravi Patel, PharmD is a Fellow 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.