Project Ethel - Building a Virtual Teaching Assistant with Gerd Kortemeyer, ETH Zürich


Event details

Date 28.02.2024
Hour 09:0010:15
Speaker Gerd Kortemeyer
Location Online
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English

The goal of Project Ethel is to build an AI-based open-source virtual teaching assistant for courses at ETH Zurich and elsewhere, which can support students and lecturers by holding office hours (“chat”), providing feedback on assessments, and pre-grading assignments.

Toward that end, artifacts generated or collected within a course, such as lecture scripts, slides, lecture recordings, homework assignments, and library materials, will be collected and made available in a learning content management system, processed through input pipelines, and used to augment inputs to standard Large Language Models.

The talk presents a number of feasibility studies for different aspects of Ethel and discusses preliminary experiences from pilot studies within a handful of courses.

Gerd Kortemeyer is a member of the Rectorate and AI Center of ETH Zurich, as such, he spearheads initiatives to integrate Artificial Intelligence into Higher Education.

Practical information

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  • This event is internal


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AI higher education virtual assistant