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Omer Gvirsman

Smart learning games that keep you curious

Curiosity is the self-motivated drive to explore and learn. When we learn, we experience joy, and in turn, become more curious. This cycle is why intrinsic motivations, such as curiosity, are key in sustaining effective lifelong learning. On this journey, the learning path each of us follows is unique for it is shaped by our own interests, cognitive abilities and life experience.

On the other hand, the educational systems in schools and universities, are mostly system-centric. Standardized tests, large classrooms and few opportunities for self-exploration are some of the characteristics of such systems which not only come in the way of students’ personal learning, but also, may diminish their curiosity over the years.

We believe that an effective and viable solution for this problem can come from technology. Our goal is to develop a framework for creating player-adaptive games which promote the player’s curiosity to achieve effective learning. Our study relies on recent-year developments both in biologically-inspired computational curiosity models and in pedagogical theories.

Omer Gvirsman

Omer is a PhD candidate at Dr. Goren Gordon’s Curiosity lab in the department of industrial engineering at the Tel-Aviv University. He holds a BSc and MSc in mechanical engineering, both from Tel-Aviv university. He also worked as a mechanical designer, creating consumer products and heavy machinery, and is the co-founder of Curiosity Robotics, a company which aims to teach toddlers a second language with a playful robot. Omer is interested in using robotics to augment humans, in making the physical world smart, and in promoting playfulness with technology.