Lydia G. Pezzullo

Ph.D. Student, Human-Centered Computing, University of Florida
lpezzullo@ufl.edu

Lydia is a Ph.D. student in Human-Centered Computing advised by Dr. Kristy Elizabeth Boyer. Before coming to the University of Florida, she graduated from the Cognitive and Brain Sciences undergraduate program at Tufts University, where she obtained an interdisciplinary background focused on psychology and human-computer interaction. Her research centers on understanding the socioemotional dynamics of collaborative learning in the context of introductory computer science, with a focus on women and students of underrepresented groups.

She is interested in adapting support for learners with very different beliefs, attitudes, and interaction styles. She also aims to better understand how gender shapes different user experiences during technology-supported learning.

education

Ph.D., Human-Centered Computing (Expected 2021)
   University of Florida

B.S., Cognitive and Brain Sciences (2016)
   Tufts University

publications

conference papers
2019
[3]In Their Own Words: Gender Differences in Student Perceptions of Pair Programming. Kimberly Michelle Ying, Lydia G. Pezzullo, Mohona Ahmed, Kassandra Crompton, Jeremiah Blanchard, Kristy Elizabeth Boyer. Proceedings of the 50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE '19), 2019, pp. To appear. [bib]
2017
[2]"Thanks Alisha, Keep in Touch": Gender Effects and Engagement with Virtual Learning Companions. Lydia G. Pezzullo, Joseph B. Wiggins, Megan H. Frankosky, Wookhee Min, Kristy Elizabeth Boyer, Bradford W. Mott, Eric N. Wiebe, James C. Lester. Proceedings of the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, Wuhan, China, 2017, pp. 299—310. [bib]
2016
[1]Predicting Dialogue Acts for Intelligent Virtual Agents with Multimodal Student Interaction Data. Wookhee Min, Joseph B. Wiggins, Lydia G. Pezzullo, Alexandria K. Vail, Kristy Elizabeth Boyer, Bradford W. Mott, Megan H. Frankosky, Eric N. Wiebe, James C. Lester. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Educational Data Mining, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2016, pp. 454-459. [bib]
workshop papers
2017
[1]Conversational UX Design for Kids: Toward Learning Companions. Joseph B. Wiggins, Lydia G. Pezzullo, Kristy Elizabeth Boyer, Bradford W. Mott, Eric N. Wiebe, James C. Lester. Proceedings of the Conversational UX Design CHI 2017 Workshop, Denver, Colorado, 2017. [bib]