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ITS2019 is the upcoming Conference of the series of Intelligent Tutoring Systems Conferences on Computer and Cognitive Sciences, Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning in Tutoring and Education. ITS2019 will be held in Kingston, Jamaica from the 3-7 June, 2019.


Theme of the ITS2019 Conference


The ITS2019 Conference is about “Challenges in Artificial Intelligence – Pushing the Boundaries of ITS”. ITS2019 presents academic and research achievements of Computer and Cognitive Sciences, AI and Deep Learning vis-a-vis the advances of Intelligent Tutoring Systems. ITS2019 invites researchers to submit their papers.


The Award Committee has selected the Best Paper and Best Poster from all papers and posters of ITS and these are the following:

By clicking on the following link, you can find the ITS2019 Conference Programme


*Full papers should have a 30 minutes duration including Q&A!

*Short papers should have a 20 minutes duration including Q&A!

*Poster session will be divided into two parts: the first part is a panel, in which each presenter has 5 minutes (with maximum THREE slides include the cover page) to briefly explain their work, and the second part is a regular poster exhibition. Please prepare your posters in either A0 or A1 size accordingly!



By clicking on the following link you can find the ITS2019 Gala Menu

The following tutorials have been accepted and will be held during ITS2019: FD (Full day) or HD (Half day).

By clicking on the links below the workshop and tutorials, more details are available.



  • AutoTutor Tutorial: Conversational Intelligent Systems and Learning Analytics
  • Xiangen Hu, University of Memphis, USA and Central China Normal University, China
    Bor-Chen Kuo, National Taichung University of Education, Taiwan
    Chen-Huei Liao, National Taichung University of Education, Taiwan
    Kai-Chih Pai, National Taichung University of Education, Taiwan
    Chia-Hua Lin, National Taichung University of Education, Taiwan
    Zhiqiang Cai, University of Memphis, USA
    Arthur C. Graesser, University of Memphis, USA





  • ITS2019 Artificial Intelligence Code Tutorial
  • Jordan Micah Bennett, author of the weekly Jamaican-newspaper Gleaner column: “Artificial Intelligence and the economy”, inventor of the “Supersymmetric Artificial Neural Network” and author of “Artificial Neural Networks for kids”. Jordan is also working hard, trying to build something called the MLJI

The following workshops have been accepted and will be held during ITS2019: FD (Full day) or HD (Half day).

By clicking on the links below the workshop and tutorials, more details are available.



  • Optimizing Human Learning
    Second Workshop eliciting Adaptive Sequences for Learning (WeASeL)
  • Call for Workshop Papers: link
  • Fabrice Popineau, CentraleSupélec & LRI, France
    Michal Valko, Inria Lille, France
    Jill-Jênn Vie, RIKEN AIP, Japan



Title:  Special Tutoring Session for PHD Students (HD)




A new initiative addressed to PhD students who are first authors of approved papers/posters. It constitutes an extra session where students can discuss their paper with experienced researchers and academics, before the official presentation of their papers during the main sessions of the conference.

This special session will take place during the workshop and tutorial dates and will be free of charge.

Target Audience:

  • PHD Students
  • Young Researchers
  • Teachers, practitioners, education decision-makers
  • Minimum number of participants:  Five (5)
  • Maximum number of participants: Fifty (50)

Special Session



Coordinators: Mizue Kayama, Shinshu University , Japan

Mike Joy, University of Warwick , UK

Amruth Kumar, University at Buffalo, USA

Amruth Kumar (PhD in Computer Science from the University at Buffalo) is Professor of Computer Science at Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, NJ, USA. His research interests include Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Educational Data Mining, Computer Science education research and Computer Science education. He is the developer of problets (problets.org) and epplets (epplets.org) – two software tutoring suites on computer programming. His research has been funded by several grants from the National Science Foundation. He is a Distinguished Member of the ACM and Senior Member of IEEE.

Keynote Speech: 15 Years of Developing, Evaluating and Disseminating Programming Tutors: Lessons Learned

The past can inform the future when it comes to pushing the boundaries of ITS. Based on the experience of developing, evaluating and disseminating two suites of software tutors for computer programming, viz., problets and epplets, I would like to proffer some lessons learned. Among those are: How correct is a pragmatic alternative to why incorrect; Learning gains are not always commensurate with development costs; An ounce of direction is worth a pound of correction; Can do is not the same as should do; Solving ill-defined problems is about knowing what to ask and when; Mastery learning assessed in terms of effort rather than correctness; All that glitters in the laboratory may not be gold in the field; One size does not fit all; The path of least resistance can waylay the best of intentions; Learning is a whole person activity; When you are given lemons, make lemonade; Do it right and do it twice; If you build it, they will not come; and Dissemination is a Sisyphean task!


Conference Chair

  • Andre Coy, University of the West Indies, Jamaica


Program Chairs 


Workshop and Tutorial Chairs 

  • Ted Carmichael, University of North Carolina, USA
  • Vasiu Radu, Polytechnic University of Timisoara, Romania


Poster and Interactive Events Chairs 

  • Sabine Graf, Athabasca University, Canada
  • Gunjan Mansingh, University of West Indies, Jamaica


Award  Chair 

  • Stefano A. Cerri, LIRMM: University of Montpellier and CNRS, France


Doctoral Consortium Chair

  • Ricardo Anderson, University of the West Indies, Jamaica


Industry Track Chairs

  • Stephen Fancsali, Carnegie Learning, Inc., USA 
  • Amruth Kumar, Ramapo College, USA 


Volunteers Chair

  • Daniel Fokum, University of West Indies, Jamaica

Program Chairs of the ITS2019 Conference


Maiga Chang

Yugo Hayashi


Senior Program Committee


    • Benedict Du Boulay, University of Sussex, UK
    • Bert Bredeweg, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • Beverly Park Woolf, University of Massachusetts, USA
    • Claude Frasson, University of Montreal, Canada
    • Demetrios Sampson, University of Piraeus, Greece
    • Esma Aimeur, University of Montreal, Canada
    • Gilles Gauthier, UQAM, Canada
    • James Lester, North Carolina State University, USA
    • Jean-Marc Labat, Université Paris 6, France
    • Julita Vassileva, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
    • Kevin Ashley, University of Pittsburgh, USA
    • Kinshuk Kinshuk, University of North Texas, USA
    • Maiga Chang, Athabasca University, Canada
    • Michaela Cocea, University of Portsmouth, UK
    • Michel Desmarais, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada
    • Peter Dolog, Aalborg University, Denmark
    • Riichiro Mizoguchi, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
    • Roger Azevedo, University of Central Florida, USA
    • Roger Nkambou, University of Québec in Montréal (UQAM), Canada
    • Susanne Lajoie, McGill University, Canada
    • Stefan Trausan-Matu, Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania
    • Stefano A. Cerri, LIRMM: University of Montpellier and CNRS, France
    • Tak-Wai Chan, National Central University, Taiwan
    • W. Lewis Johnson, Alelo Inc., USA
    • Yugo Hayashi, Ritsumeikan University, Japan




Program Committee:


    • Ahmed Tlili, Beijing Normal University, China
    • Akihiro Kashihara, University of Electro-Communications, Japan
    • Alexandra Cristea, Durham University, UK
    • Alexandra Poulovassilis, University of London, UK
    • Amruth Kumar, Ramapo College of New Jersey, USA
    • Ashok Goel, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
    • Benjamin Goldberg, United States Army Research Laboratory, USA
    • Blair Lehman, Educational Testing Service, USA
    • Carla Limongelli, University of Rome 3, Italy
    • Chih-Kai Chang, National University of Tainan, Taiwan
    • Chao-Lin Liu, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
    • Chih-Yueh Chou, Yuan Ze University, Taiwan
    • Cyrille Desmoulins, Université Joseph Fourrier, France
    • Darina Dicheva, Winston-Salem State University, USA
    • Davide Fossati, Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar
    • Diego Dermeval, Federal University of Alagoas, Brazil
    • Dunwei Wen, Athabasca University, Canada
    • Elise Lavoué, University of Lyon, France
    • Elvira Popescu, University of Craiova, Romania
    • Emmanuel Blanchard, IDÛ Interactive Inc., Canada
    • Éric Beaudry, UQAM, Canada
    • Evandro Costa, Federal University of Alagoas, Brazil
    • Fabio Akhras, Renato Archer Center of Information Technology, Brasil
    • François Bouchet, Sorbonne Université – LIP6, France
    • Fuhua Oscar Lin, Athabasca University, Canada
    • Galia Angelova, Bulgarian Academy of Science, Bulgaria
    • Genaro Rebolledo-Mendez, University of Veracruz, Mexico
    • Gwo-Jen Hwang, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
    • Imène Jraidi, University of Montreal, Canada
    • Ivon Arroyo, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
    • Jason Harley, University of Alberta, Canada
    • Kazuhisa Miwa, Nagoya University, Japan
    • Kuo-Chen Li, Chung-Yuan Christian University, Taiwan
    • Kuo-Liang Ou, National Hsin-Chu University of Education, Taiwan
    • Li Wang, Open University of China, China
    • Maher Chaouachi, McGill University, Canada
    • Maria Bielikova, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia
    • Maria Lucia Barron-Estrada, Instituto Tecnologico de Culiacan, Mexico
    • Mark Core, University of Southern California, USA
    • Mark Floryan, University of Virginia, USA
    • Mary Jean Blink, TutorGen, Inc., USA
    • Michelle Taub, North Carolina State University, USA
    • Min Chi, North Carolina State University, USA
    • Mohammed Abdel Razek, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
    • Nathalie Guin, University of Lyon 1, France
    • Nguyen-Thinh Le, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany
    • Nian-Shing Chen, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan
    • Nicola Capuano, University of Salerno, Italy
    • Olga C. Santos, aDeNu Research Group, UNED, Spain
    • Patricia Jaques, UNISINOS, Brazil
    • Philippe Dessus, Université Grenoble Alpes, France
    • Reva Freedman, North Illinois University, USA
    • Riccardo Mazza, University of Lugano/University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland, Switzerland
    • Rita Kuo, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, USA
    • Robert Farrell, IBM, USA
    • Rod Roscoe, Arizona State University, USA
    • Sabine Graf, Athabasca University, Canada
    • Scotty Craig, Arizona State University, USA
    • Seiji Isotani, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
    • Stephen B. Blessing, University of Tampa, USA
    • Tassos Mikopoulos, University of Ioannina, Greece
    • Tatsunori Matsui, Waseda University, Japan
    • Ted Carmichael, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
    • Thepchai Supnithi, National Electronics and Computer Technology Center, Thailand
    • Valéry Psyché, TÉLUQ University, Canada
    • Vasiu Radu, Politechnica University of Timisoara, Romania
    • Vive Kumar, Athabasca University, Canada
    • Xiaoqing Gu, East China Normal University, China
    • Yusuke Hayashi, Hiroshima University, Japan
    • Carolina Mejia Corredor, Universidad EAN, Colombia
    • Marco Temperini, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
    • Charalampos Karagiannidis, University of Thessaly, Greece
    • Silvia Margarita Baldiris Navarro, Fundación Universitaria
    • Tecnológico Comfenalco, Colombia
    • Cecilia Avila, Universitat de Girona, Spain
    • Ting-Wen Chang, Beijing Normal University, China

Workshop & Tutorial Committee Chairs of the ITS2019 Conference


Ted Carmichael, University of North Carolina, USA
Vasiu Radu, Polytechnic University of Timisoara, Romania

Poster & Interactive Events Committee Chairs of the ITS2019 Conference


  • Sabine Graf, Athabasca University, Canada
  • Gunjan Mansingh, University of West Indies, Jamaica

Award Committee Chair of the ITS2019 Conference


Stefano A. Cerri, LIRMM: University of Montpellier and CNRS, France

Ricardo Anderson, University of the West Indies, Jamaica

Stephen Fancsali, Carnegie Learning, Inc., USA
Amruth Kumar, Ramapo College, USA

Volunteers Committee Chair of the ITS2019 Conference


Daniel Fokum, University of West Indies, Jamaica

Steering Committee Chair



Steering Committee Members


Advisory Committee Members


Springer will award the Best Full Paper of the ITS2019 Conference! Springer announced a prize of 1000 Euros for the Best Full Paper presented in the context of ITS2019 and published in the LNCS Springer proceedings.









If you plan to rent a car, please be advised to contact Budget and mention your participation in the ITS2019 Conference to have special prices!





We are happy to announce the Award for the Best Full Paper! The Springer prize will go to:

Thomas James Tiam-Lee and Kaoru Sumi for their paper “Analysis and Prediction of Student Emotions While Doing Programming Exercises”


Additional Information

The Hosting Institution of the ITS2019 Conference is the University of the West Indies (UWI).

The University of the West Indies engages in research and development designed to support the social and economic growth of the Caribbean region, the provision of community service, and the enrichment of the academic experience. The Mona campus offers world class, accredited higher education programmes to Jamaica, the region and the globe.


Safe-stay Guidelines for Jamaica


The ITS2019 Conference will be held in Kingston, Jamaica, from June 3-7, 2019.


Jamaica the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles and the fourth-largest island in the Caribbean located very close to Cuba. It took its name by the indigenous people calling their land the “Land of Wood and Water” or the “Land of Springs. With 2.9 million people, it is the third most populous Anglophone country in the Americas (after the United States and Canada), and the fourth-most populous country in the Caribbean.

The conference will be held in Kingston, which is Jamaica’s capital and centre of business. It is located on the south coast with a population of 937,700. Kingston Harbour is the seventh-largest natural harbour in the world.


ITS2019 Conference Venue: The ITS2019 Conference as well as the Workshops and Tutorials will be held in Kingston, Jamaica, at the University of  West Indies (UWI) at Mona Campus.


See the Map here


In cooperation with the Knutsford Court Hotel, special room rates have been fixed for ITS 2019.

The hotel is located in the heart of New Kingston, close to the Conference Venue, just a few minutes’ walk away from Knutsford Boulevard which features a variety of shopping, banks, and a wide variety of restaurants and bars. It is twenty-five minutes away from the Norman Manley International Airport.

Room cost at The Knutsford Court Hotel for ITS2019 conference participants:

JR. SUITEUS$146.00US$156.00US$166.00US$176.00

ALL Rates are subject to 16.5% government tax, 10% service charge and US$4.00 room tax.

Rates are non-commissionable to travel agents.

Inclusive of a complimentary Sunrise Breakfast Buffet is served daily.

Inclusive of complimentary wireless internet and access to the hotel’s gym

In order to get this special rate, participants should book their accommodation using the name of the conference: ITS2019

Check-in Time: 3:00 p.m.
Check-out time: 12:00 noon

Available On Request: Non-smoking rooms and Cribs

Acceptable methods of payments are:

  • Cash
  • Credit and Debit cards
  • Managers Cheques
  • Wire Transfers – must be utilized at least 1 week prior to arrival
  • Direct Deposit/ Pay Pal – must be utilized at least 2 weeks prior to group arrival

For more information, interested conference participants can log on to the hotel’s websites so they can view the hotel. knutsfordcourt.com

TO MAKE YOUR ROOM RESERVATION PLEASE COMPLETE ALL SECTIONS & RETURN BY FAX: 876-906-2224 OR E-MAIL: sales3@courtleigh.com or salesmgr@courtleigh.com