Tamara Sumner
Professor, Cognitive and Computer Science
Director, Institute of Cognitive Science
University of Colorado at Boulder
Campus Box 594
Boulder, CO, 80309-0594
Phone: +1.303.735.4469
Fax: +1.303.735.5072

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My ORCID: 0000-0002-8785-3238

Research + Practice Partnership with Denver Public Schools: Inquiry Hub


I lead an interdisciplinary research and development lab that studies how computational tools - combining cognitive science, machine intelligence, and interactive media - can improve teaching practice, learning outcomes and learner engagement. Inquiry Hub, formerly known as Digital Learning Sciences, is a mission-centered, research-practice partnership involving faculty and students from the University of Colorado Boulder, scientific and technical staff from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), and educators and administrators from Denver Public Schools. Our research and development team combines expertise in cognitive science, learning sciences, science education, user-centered design and evaluation, digital content management, software engineering, educational data mining, and machine learning/natural language processing.

I am also a Professor at the University of Colorado, with a joint appointment between the Institute of Cognitive Science and the Department of Computer Science. I am currently serving as the Director of the Institute of Cognitive Science. My research and teaching interests include personalized learning, learning analytics, cyberlearning environments, educational digital libraries, scholarly communications, humancentered computing, and interdisciplinary research methods for studying cognition. I have written 140 articles on these topics, including over 80 peer-reviewed scholarly publications.

Teaching and student advising
  • I teach and advise graduate students in the Cognitive Science Joint PhD program, as well as MS and PhD students in Computer Science
  • My campus office is in the Muenzinger Building, 1905 Colorado Ave, 4th Floor, Room D420.
  • My research labs are located in the CINC building, at 1777 Exposition Dr, near 33rd and Arapahoe.
  • My faculty page in the computer science department
  • My faculty page in the Institute of Cognitive Science.