Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Prof. Judy Kay

Congratulations to Professor Judy Kay of the University of Sydney, who was awarded the IAIED Lifetime Achievement Award at the AIED 2023 Conference this July. This is the third IAIED Lifetime Achievement Award, where the first was awarded to Professor John Self in 2018 and the second was awarded to Professor Art Graesser in 2021.

Judy Kay is Professor of Computer Science in the Faculty of Engineering, University of Sydney. She heads the Human Centred Technology Research Cluster, a large multi-disciplinary research group that conducts fundamental research, design, engineering and evaluation of new technologies. She is a Payne-Scott Distinguished Professor at the University of Sydney, in recognition of her contributions to both multi-disciplinary, high-impact and deployed research and to education.

Her research creates a unique blend of three areas - Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED), Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp) and Human Computer Interaction (HCI), creating infrastructures and interfaces for personalisation, especially to support people in lifelong, life-wide learning. Her research has speared AIED in a range of educational contexts - from formal education settings to supporting people in using their long-term ubicomp data to support self-monitoring, reflection and planning. She has connected AIED research with new forms of interaction including virtual reality, surface computing, wearables and ambient displays. She has pioneered a number of innovative ideas to make AIED systems human-centric, which led to long-standing research streams, e.g. scruitability and open learner modelling, lifelong learner modelling, personalised learning for health and wellbeing. Evidence for the wider impact of her research is her citation index (13395 citations, h-index 60).

She is one of the key leaders of the International AI in Education Society. She was IAIED Society President 2009-2011, general, program, and organising chair of AIED conferences, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education (IJAIED). Her enthusiasm, dedication, and exceptional effort have had a massive impact on improving the quality and stance of the journal and the AI in education research.

We would like to thank Judy for all of her contributions, and look forward to her continued research, service, and mentorship in the years that follow.