How can we tailor learning situations to learners’ needs to help them achieving their
educational goals in the long term? Current research at my department combines educational theory,
psychological methodology, and intelligent algorithms to approach this question. Our ultimate goal
is to create intelligent educational technologies that can support learning in the best possible
way. These systems should recognize the level of learners’ knowledge, skills, and available
cognitive resources. In addition, they should be able to encourage learners to stay focused on
their tasks when they face distractions. In my talk, I will introduce selected research projects
related to learner characteristics and context factors that pave the way to enhanced education.
About the Speaker
Maria Wirzberger holds the tenure-track assistant professorship „Teaching and
learning with intelligent systems“ at the Institute of Educational Science since March 2020. During
her interdisciplinary journey, she obtained degrees in Inclusive Education, Psychology and Human
Factors in Bochum, Hagen and Berlin. Her PhD in the interdisciplinary Research Training Group
"CrossWorlds" at Chemnitz University of Technology shed light on cognitive processes and mechanisms
related to cognitive load in instructional scenarios. From 2018-2020, she was leading the
development of the AI-based attention training ACTrain at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent
Systems in Tübingen. She is part of the Cyber Valley ecosystem, member of the associated faculty at
the International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems (IMPRS-IS) and national
affiliate at the LEAD Graduate School and Research Network (University of Tübingen).
About The Series
The Lecture Series is organized every winter term and consist of talks with international
speakers. The speakers are experts from various fields and professions. The talks are aimed at
covering the whole spectrum of visual computing and at discussing the relevance of quantification.
This years lecture series will be held entirely online.
This is an online event only.
Registration: If you would like to attend, please email
Leonel Merino to