Andreas Paepcke

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U.S. Mailing Address:
Stanford University
Gates Computer Science, rm 426
Stanford, CA 94305
Work Phone: (650) 723-9684
Fax: (650)-725-2588

My Bibliography
Independent Study Opportunities
Web Archive Cooperative: Make Web archives useful today
WebBase: Web archive and crawl feeds
BioACT: Tools for biodiversity researchers (project finished)


Dr. Andreas Paepcke is a Senior Research Scientist and Director for Data Analytics in support of online teaching efforts at Stanford University. His interests include user interfaces and systems for teaching and learning. He uses data analytics to create tools that benefit these online efforts. In the past Dr. Paepcke and his groups of students designed and implemented WebBase, an experimental storage and high speed dissemination system for Web content. Their work on small devices focused on novel methods for summarizing and transforming Web pages, and browsing images on small displays. Dr. Paepcke has served on numerous program committees, including a position as Vice Program Chair, heading the World-Wide Web Conference's 'Browsers and User Interfaces' program track, and as Program Chair for the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2008. He served on several National Science Foundation proposal evaluation panels and was co-founding associate editor of ACM Transactions on the Web. Dr. Paepcke received BS and MS degrees in applied mathematics from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Previously, he worked as a researcher at Hewlett-Packard Laboratory, and as a research consultant at Xerox PARC. He has served on a number of technical advisory boards for startup companies.

Current research interests

My current interest is research in support of online teaching. My activities include data analysis, and the construction of systems that prototype advancements towards effective online learning activities. I work with large interaction logs of fine granularity actions that learners take during their study activities. These data include forum posts, video player manipulations, and homework submissions. Here are examples of questions students might pursue:

In addition to these focused individual projects, I would like a small team of students to construct a prototype that would allow a course in choreography to be taught to hundreds of geographically distributed learners.

All learners will operate their own robot simulation/animation environment for choreographing dances. Learners will animate the 'performers' within the environments to create dances. All environments will be interconnected so that learners and instructors can collaborate.

Course participants will be able to route all joint motion data among themselves, applying them to different performers in different scenes. Additionally we want to create visualizations that summarize all learner created dances. For example, we will experiment with projection of joint location frequencies onto motion planes, creating heat maps. These maps will serve both illustration, and the selection of example dances.

Interested students: please contact me.