UTICA, N.Y. – A professor at SUNY Polytechnic Institute may soon measure classroom data using artificial intelligence (AI).
Dr. Michael Reale has used a "Real-Time, Automatic Facial Expression Recognition in Mixed Reality Environments for Enhancing Education" seed grant to purchase the equipment to begin the AI research.
Reale wants to use facial expression detection technology to recognize students who don’t speak up when they’re confused or aren’t fully understanding lessons. This would allow teachers to collect data and better assist struggling students in a discreet way.
"Students do not always convey to the professor, for multiple reasons, that they're having problems or issues," said Reale. "The nice thing about this is that it would provide feedback to the professor in such a way that their privacy isn't sacrificed."
Reale says each student would wear a headset with cameras that are designed to detect facial expressions. When certain expressions are triggered, an alert will go off and notify the teacher.
“The professor could have a phone app and might see the alert coming. The hope would be this would give feedback, and adjustments to the lesson could be made accordingly. This could also open up opportunities for remote teaching as well," he said.
Students are assisting Reale with recording data and software implementation.