About me

My focus is on using natural language processing and machine learning to analyse data and convert it into actionable information, so that people can make better choices affecting their learning, their lives, and their environments. I am interested in educational technology, data analysis tools and algorithms, and novel interfaces such as virtual agents that allow people without specialist training to achieve complex goals.

Much of my previous work involved creating tutorial dialogue systems which use natural language interaction to support learning. Recent projects looked at how personal digital data from social media can be repackaged to tell stories; and how smart technology can help people communicate better with healthcare providers and find ways to use less gas and electricity in their homes.

I am a member of the Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation and the Human Communication Research Centre.

Recent publications

  • Dialogue attributes that inform depth and quality of participation in course discussion forums. Elaine Farrow, Johanna Moore, and Dragan Gašević. (in press). Proceedings of the 10th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK '20). [preprint pdf]

  • Modelling student participation using discussion forum data. Elaine Farrow. (in press). Companion Proceedings of the 10th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK '20 DC). [preprint pdf]

  • Automatic coding of occupation and cause-of-death records. Richard Tobin, Elaine Farrow, Claire Grover, Beatrice Alex. 2019. International Journal of Population Data Science, 4(3). 1 page. https://doi.org/10.23889/ijpds.v4i3.1202 [pdf | bib]

  • Modelling Student Participation Using Discussion Forum Data. Elaine Farrow. 2019. Proceedings of the 14th EC-TEL Doctoral Consortium co-located with 14th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning. [pdf | bib]

  • Text mining student discussion forum data: common pitfalls and how to avoid them. Elaine Farrow, Johanna Moore, and Dragan Gašević. 2019. Abstract from Advances in Data Science 2019. [pdf | bib | link]

  • "Why is the Doctor a Man?" Reactions of Older Adults to a Virtual Training Doctor. Aurora Constantin, Catherine Lai, Elaine Farrow, Beatrice Alex, Ruth Pel-Littel, Henk Herman Nap, Johan Jeuring. 2019. Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '19). 6 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3290607.3312811 [ACM DL Author-ize service pdf | preprint pdf | bib]

  • Analysing discussion forum data: a replication study avoiding data contamination. Elaine Farrow, Johanna Moore, and Dragan Gašević. 2019. Proceedings of the 9th International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference (LAK-19) pp. 170-179 https://doi.org/10.1145/3303772.3303779 [ACM DL Author-ize service pdf | preprint pdf | bib]

See my full publication list in Edinburgh Research Explorer.

Some research projects I have worked on

  • ReEnTrust: Rebuilding and enhancing trust in algorithms
  • PrepDoc: Empowering older people in conversations with healthcare professionals
  • IDEAL: the Intelligent Domestic Energy Advice Loop
  • ReelLives: Personal Documentaries contructed from digital data
  • BEETLE: Basic Electricity and Electronics Tutorial Learning Environment

Other places you can find me