To enable robust exchange of ideas, all members of the FLI regularly attend a monthly colloquium, where doctoral students, post-docs as well as visiting scholars present ongoing work of their projects. Regular exchange of this kind is important for developing boundary-crossing projects and a joint scientific identity.

Starting from September 2021, the FLI Colloquia will be part of the ETH course catalogue. Students will be able to attend the FLI Colloquium for 0.5 ECTS credits for each semester. In order to get their credits, students have to either present their research in a 30min talk followed by 15min Q&A or critically evaluate one or more talks in the form of a short essay.

FLI Colloquia take place on the last Fridays of the month and are hosted by Prof. Manu Kapur.

The FLI Colloquia is held in person, hybrid and online (see table below for more information).

Dates and content:

24th February 2023

3:15 – 4pm


Choose Wisely: Promoting Strategic Learner Choices in Intelligent Tutoring Software for Early Algebra
Prof. Tomohiro Nagashima, Junior Professor, Department of Computer Science, Saarland Informatics Campus, Saarland University

31st March 2023

3:15 – 5pm


More than an opinion: qualitative research through an example of a study on teaching under COVID
Dr. Helena Kovacs, Scientist, Centre for Learning Science, EPFL
Sustainability and Ethicality in Students’ Software Design – a qualitative study employing think aloud protocols
Dr. Siara Ruth Isaac, Scientist, Centre for Learning Science, EPFL

28th April 2023

4:15 – 6pm

LEE E 101 / on Zoom

The light and dark side of emotions in learning: A case study of shame during failure-driven problem-solving
Dr. Tanmay Sinha, Post-doctoral researcher, Professorship for Learning Sciences and Higher Education, ETH Zurich
Investigating the neural bases of intuitive physical inference
Gabrielle Zbären, Doctoral student, Professorship for Learning Sciences and Higher Education, ETH Zurich

26th May 2023

3:15 – 5pm

HG F 33.1

Opening the Black Box: Investigating the Impact of Making on Mechanistic Understanding
Dr. Richard Lee Davis, Post-doctoral researcher, Computer-Human Interaction Lab for Learning & Instruction, EPFL
A Conceptual Framework for Integrating Conversational Agents in Digital Education
Juan Carlos Farah, Research Assistant, SCI STI DG, EPFL

Zoom link: will be provided after registration. Please contact Sara May ( for a registration without earning the 0.5 ECTS credits.

More information on the FLI colloquium can be found in the ETH course catalogueIf you have any questions, please contact Sara May.

Group of students in a lecture

Image (ETH Zürich / Alessandro Della Bella)