IT-based interactive learning tools

Research scope

The Einstein group has been at the forefront of research and development of computational tools for teaching and learning in terms of both pedagogical innovation and software development. This work has been supported by MIT internal sources such as Athena and iCampus, the National Science Foundation, and private funds.

The following are interactive learning tools developed by the Einstein group at MIT.

Decision Aids for Tunneling (DAT): 1973 - present
Physical Geology Tutor (PGT): 1985 - present
Simsection: 1985 - 2005
NOMAD: 1987 - 2008
Extended Geologic Profile Visualization: 1987 - 2008
Mechanics Module: 2002 - present
Stereonet Module: 2002 - present
Tunnelliner: 2009 - present

See also Development of Educational Technology for a summary of how some of these tools are used today for teaching geotechnical engineering courses at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Related publications

Kinnicutt, P., Einstein, H.H., and Noack, C. (1996). Three-dimensional stratigraphic characterization for geotechnical exploration. Transportation Research Record, 1526, 183-190. doi:10.3141/1526-24

Kinnicutt, P.G., Einstein, H.H., Lewis, J., and Noack, C. (1994). Extended visualization and geostatistical functionality in Nomad, a 3-d subsurface modeler. In: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (H.J. Siriwardane, M.M. Zaman, eds.), vol.1, Morganton, West Virginia, USA, 22-28 May 1994, pp. 459-465. Balkema, Rotterdam, 1994. ISBN 9054103809.

Halabe, V., Liu, S., Salazar, G.F., and Einstein, H.H. (1994). SIMSECTION: Knowledge based user interface for tunneling. In: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (H.J. Siriwardane, M.M. Zaman, eds.), vol.1, Morganton, West Virginia, USA, 22-28 May 1994, pp. 429-435. Balkema, Rotterdam, 1994. ISBN 9054103809

Einstein, H.H., and Kinnicutt, P. (1994). The Physical Geology Tutor. In: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (H.J. Siriwardane, M.M. Zaman, eds.), vol.1, Morganton, West Virginia, USA, 22-28 May 1994, pp. 423-429. Balkema, Rotterdam, 1994. ISBN 9054103809

Schwartz, C.W., Einstein, H.H., and Salazar, G.F. (1992). Instructional modules for tunnel design and construction. In Computing in Civil Engineering and Geographic Information Systems Symposium: Proceedings of the 8th National Conference (B.J. Goodno, J.R. Wright, eds.), 7-9 June, Dallas, Texas, pp. 368-375. Published by the American Society of Civil Engineers, 1992. ISBN 978-0872628694

Einstein, H.H., Dudt J.P., Halabe, V.B., and Descoeudres, F. (1992). Decision Aids in Tunneling: Principle and Practical Application. Monograph, 19 pages. Published by the Swiss Federal Office of Transportation, Bern, Switzerland.

Einstein, H.H., Salazar, G.F., , A.F., Kim, Y.W., and Ioannou, P.G. (1987). Computer-based decision support systems for underground construction. In: Proceedings of the Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, 14-18 June 1987. New York: Society of Mining Engineers of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, 1987. OneMine.org library

Salazar, G.F., and Einstein, H.H. (1986). SIMSUPER5: Tunneling construction simulation. In: Proceedings of the ASCE Fall Convention in Boston, Massachusetts, October 27-31, 1986. ASCE library

Kim, G.F., Einstein, H.H., and Logcher, R.D. (1985). Decision support system for tunneling. In: Proceedings of the ASCE Fall Convention in Detroit, Michigan, October 1985.

Dershowitz, W.S., and Einstein, H.H. (1984). Application of artificial intelligence to problems in rock mechanics. In: Proceedings of the 25th U.S. Symposium on Rock Mechanics (USRMS), 25-27 June, Evanston, Illinois. ARMA-84-0483

Schwartz, C.W., and Einstein, H.H. (1980). Simplified analysis for ground-structure interaction in tunneling. In: Proceedings of the 21st U.S. Symposium on Rock Mechanics (USRMS), 27-30 May, Rolla, Missouri. ARMA-80-0787

Einstein, H.H., and Schwartz, C.W. (1979). Simplified analysis for tunnel supports. Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, 105 (4), 499-518.