Noboru Matsuda joined NC State in August 2018 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in Digital Transformation of Education. Matsuda, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, researches need-based innovation of cutting-edge technologies to advance theories of how people learn. He is particularly interested in artificial intelligence technologies for students to learn, teachers to teach, and researchers to understand how people learn and fail to learn. Matsuda’s scholarly expertise spans computer, cognitive and learning sciences, and education. Matsuda is also director of NC State’s Innovative Educational Computing Laboratory and an affiliate of the Center for Educational Informatics.
Matsuda received a Master of Science in math education from Tokyo Gakugei University and a Ph.D. in intelligent systems from the University of Pittsburgh. His doctoral dissertation, “The Impact of Different Proof Strategies on Learning Geometry Theorem Proving,” described his studies of the effect of an intelligent tutoring system to teach how to write a proof for Euclidean proofs with drawing auxiliary lines. In recent years, Matsuda has launched a research project on engineering learning, studying how to efficiently build adaptive online courses and develop research on the sciences of learning using those courses. This research has been extended to another project where the research team is developing an infrastructure to build an adaptive online course with multiple intelligent tutoring systems embedded in online courseware.