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In the News: UCI Seeks National Benchmark for Children Learning AI (OCBJ)

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The University of California, Irvine is studying the potential for artificial intelligence to improve learning among school children around the world.

Odgers is part of a team that is bringing together experts in computer science, technology and education to study the effect of technologies on children, such as whether it causes sleep deprivation. They are building a chatbot, conducting surveys and holding workshops.

They’ve already built a network of 1,000 scientists and are working with a university in South Africa and companies like Microsoft Corp.

Odgers co-leads a UCI program called Connecting the EdTech Research EcoSystem (CERES) along with Gillian Hayes, vice provost for graduate education and dean of the graduate division.

Their initiative in 2021 won a five-year, $11 million donation from the Jacobs Foundation, a Swiss-based nonprofit that invests in children to help them reach their potential.

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