We describe OfficeHours, a recommender system that assists students in finding potential supervisors for their dissertation projects. OfficeHours is an interactive recommender system that combines reinforcement learning techniques with a novel interface that assists the student in formulating their query and allows active engagement in directing their search. Students can directly manipulate document features (keywords) extracted from scientific articles written by faculty members to indicate their interests and reinforcement learning is used to model the student's interests by allowing the system to trade off between exploration and exploitation. The goal of system is to give the student the opportunity to more effectively search for possible project supervisors in a situation where the student may have difficulties formulating their query or when very little information may be available on faculty members' websites about their research interests.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces Companion|
|Place of Publication||New York, NY, USA|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Name||IUI Companion '15|