Jean Ghislain Billa

Jean Ghislain Billa

Scholar Title

Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar

Research Title

Using User Modeling and Large Language Models for Critical Thinking Interventions




Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Research Areas
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Pattie Maes


Large Language Models (LLMs) represent a great opportunity for furthering humans critical thinking. In this research project, we will build upon the research on AI enhanced reasoning by considering models that will know a specific users critical thinking capabilities and shortcomings through consistent listening. By modeling a user, the AI system will be able to encode information about the gaps in their reasoning capabilities as well as their specific beliefs. Then, through challenging discussions or just-in-time feedback, the AI system will assist the user, prompting them to think more carefully when they are most vulnerable, and providing them with contrasting beliefs, to further their critical thinking.


This SuperUROP is an occasion for me to keep doing research in AI. My previous research experience both in UROPs and internships confirmed that I enjoyed the complexity and intricacies of research. I want to keep improving as a researcher, as I plan to pursue a career in AI research. I hope that my work this year will improve the understanding of the human-AI relationship, and create more awareness about how AI can enhance the human experience.

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