I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology at MMU.
I am a Fellow of the HEA. I am a member of the BCS, the IEEE, the IEEE Education Society, the IEEE Women in Engineering Group, the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society and the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.
I am a 2015 committee member of the IEEE Women in Computational Intelligence group, the IEEE CIS Social Media subcommittee and the IEEE CIS Pre-College Activities group.
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Information Systems - 6G4Z1103:
Professional Development - 6G5Z1108:
(MSc) Information & Digital Media Systems - 6G7Z1002:
(MSc) Information Systems Management & Strategy - 6G7Z1007:
Current PhD Students:
Past Project: Adaptive Conversational Intelligent Tutoring Systems
My doctoral research investigated whether it is possible for computer agents to behave in a socially-aware manner. I have developed a Conversational Intelligent Tutoring System called Oscar, which uses a conversational agent to engage in a one-to-one tutorial discussion. Oscar aims to personalise the tutorial by dynamically estimating an individual's learning style during the tutoring conversation, and then adapting the style of tutoring to suit the individual's learning style.
Past project: A Conversational Expert System for Bullying and Harassment PoliciesThe project involved the development of a web-based expert system to support a Bullying and Harassment policy. A Bullying and Harassment policy was knowledge engineered into a knowledge tree representation, and a dynamic GUI developed to allow users to investigate their area of interest non-laterally. A conversational agent was included to allow natural language questions to be asked. The expert system was generalised so that other knowledge trees designed within specified restrictions could be 'plugged in' to the system.
Conversational Expert System
Latham, A.M., Crockett, K.A., McLean, D.A. and Edmonds, B. (2011) 'Oscar: A Personalised Online Conversational Intelligent Tutoring System' In The CAL Conference 2011, Learning Futures: Education, Technology, Sustainability. Manchester, 13-15 April 2011. Elsevier.
Latham, A.M., Crockett, K.A., McLean, D.A. and Edmonds, B. (2010) 'Predicting Learning Styles in a Conversational Intelligent Tutoring System' Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 6483. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, pp. 131-140
Latham, A.M., Crockett, K.A., McLean, D.A., Edmonds, B. and O'Shea, K. (2010) 'Oscar: An Intelligent Conversational Agent Tutor to Estimate Learning Styles' In Proc. IEEE WCCI 2010. Barcelona, 18-23 July 2010. IEEE, pp. 2533-2540.Latham, A, Crockett, K & Bandar, Z (2010), 'A Conversational Expert System Supporting Bullying and Harassment Policies', In: Joaquim Filipe; Ana Fred; Bernadette Sharp (Eds.). Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence. (ICAART-2010), January 22-24, Valencia, Spain, Pages 163-168, ISBN 978-989-674-021-4, INSTICC, 2010.