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DePaul University
Computing and Digital Media,
243 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago IL 60604

CDM 717
“peterh” at
(312) 362-5736
(312) 362-6116


Peter Hastings came to DePaul in 2001 from the University of Edinburgh where he was a Temporary Lecturer. Before his move to Scotland, he worked as a post-doctoral research assistant at the University of Memphis in the Institute for Intelligent Systems. Before that, he had a postdoctoral fellowship working with the Soar group at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Hastings also earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in computer science, Natural Language Processing and learning to be specific. He completed his masters degree at the Johns Hopkins University and my bachelors degree at Michigan State University, both in computer science. His research interests include natural language processing, cognitive science, intelligent tutoring systems, and artificial intelligence.

For more information, see his curriculum vitae.

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Recent activities

  • Gave an invited talk on "Identifying causal structure in student essays" at Valtech, and at the DePaul CDM Research Colloquium.
  • At the Intelligent Tutoring Systems conference in Zagreb, Croatia, presented the paper, "Stratified learning for reducing training set size", exploring one way to improve a machine learning approach to identifying structure in student causal essays.
  • Received a DePaul Quality of Instruction Council Collaborative Instruction grant to develop the Introduction to Computational Neuroscience course along with Eric Norstrom from Biology, and Sandra Virtue from Psychology.
  • Taught Foundations of HCI and Learner-Centered Design in Spring 2016.
  • Served as a Senior Program Committee for Intelligent Tutoring Systems 2016.
  • Helped develop a new B.S. degree in Neuroscience to start in Fall 2016.
  • Invitee to the 2015 Neuromorphic Natural Language Processing workshop in Telluride.