Code Name: Rumi Agent
Rumi is the codename for an intelligent software agent being conceptualized, researched, and developed at the IUPUI CyberLab in collaboration with CourseNetworking LLC (theCN.com).
For students, Rumi plays the role of a “digital” mentor, personal teaching assistant, carrier advisor, caring classmate, and a digital cool buddy. Rumi dynamically and intelligently recommends learning activities, social connections, carrier information, events, announcements, and more.
Rumi’s interaction with people is perceived as human-like communication with emotions and feeling. His persona reflects an intelligent and trendy male in his mid 30’s. Rumi’s dialogue primarily appears as a post within LMS or ePortfolio pages. Rumi’s robotic face may appear neutral, happy, or sad, depending on the nature of the message. The machine learning part of Rumi improves the usefulness of his messages (posts) and recommendations as he gains more experience interacting with each user.
At the initial development phase, Rumi will be designed to work within the CourseNetworking(the CN) environment. Later, Rumi will be developed as an independent LTI plugin that may run within other LMS systems such as Moodle, Sakai and commercial LMS and ePortfolio systems. It is expected to be released as an open source software or offered as a licensed commercial product through the Indiana University Office of Technology Transfer.
The deliverables of the Rumi project are expected to be theses and dissertations, scholarly papers intellectual properties, and more importantly a commercial and/or open-source product. The Beta version of Rumi is expected to release in October 2020 to the production server of the CourseNetworking to open up for user testing and feedback.
Collaborations and Joint Venture Opportunities
Rumi invites scholars and researchers including graduate students and research faculty members throughout the world for both research and entrepreneur collaborations. Corporations with commercial sectors or open source communities are also welcome to participate. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information regarding collaboration opportunities.
For the last twenty-plus years, a number of educational software systems known as Learning Management Systems or LMS, have been developed and rolled out as open-source (Sakai, Moodle) or as commercial systems (Blackboard, Desire to Learn, Angel Learning, Canvas, etc.). However, almost all of the LMS products lack the “engagement” outcome and have not yet been able to play an active role as an “enabler” in transforming teaching and learning in today’s social pedagogical paradigm. In fact, nearly all LMS systems are designed as teacher-centric platforms offering a passive set of tools to help instructors in managing courses. The Rumi project was initiated as a new technology to take the current outdated LMS concept and systems into the next generation of the AI-based personal learning system.
Ali Jafari, Professor, CyberLab Director, CN CEO
Rumi Principal Investigator (PI), Project Lead
Mahmood Hosseini, Former CyberLab Graduate Assistant (RA)
Rumi Framework Design, Announcement Engine
Amir Salamat, CyberLab Graduate Assistant (RA)
Rumi Quote Competition Engine
Emad Azad, CyberLab Graduate Assistant (RA)
Rumi Skills Recommendation Engine and Rumi Tips
Alice Zhao, CyberLab Associate Director of R&D
Rumi Instructional Designer
Allie Wigginton, CyberLab Associate Director of Research and Entrepreneurship
Rumi Social Media and Communications
Joe Hofmeister, Former CN Product Manager and UI Designer
Rumi Visual Design
Conor Marley, CN Product Designer
Rumi UI & UX Design
Afsoon Mohseni, Former CyberLab Research Intern
Rumi Grants and Fundraising
David Zeng, CN Backend Developer
Rumi Engineer and Full-stack Developer
Alvan Luo, CN Lead Engineer
Rumi API and Backend Development
Key Xu, CN Frontend Developer
Rumi Frontend Development