David G. Novick

Mike Loya Distinguished Chair in Engineering
Professor of Engineering Education and Leadership
Department of Engineering Education and Leadership, Room E230
The University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, Texas, 79968-0517
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My research focuses on interactive systems and, especially, building rapport in multimodal conversation. Current research projects include (1) making conversations with embodied conversational agents more effective through modeling and implementing conversation control acts and (2) improving the effectiveness of cross-functional teams by identifying the conversation-control origins of team misunderstandings. This video, produced by my students, introduces the Advanced aGent ENgagement Team. Our newest agent system is "Survival on Jungle Island." Wordle image
of David Novick's research interests


Ph.D., Computer and Information Science, University of Oregon, 1988
M.S., Computer and Information Science, University of Oregon, 1985
J.D., Harvard University, 1977
B.A., Honors College, Economics and Political Science, University of Oregon, 1974

Administrative Service

Co-director, Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce, 2012-2017
Associate Dean of Engineering for Graduate Studies and Research, 2011-2014
Acting Chair, Department of Computer Science, 2008-2009
Associate Provost, 2004-2008
Chair, Department of Computer Science, 1999-2004

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These following pages contain much additional information, including an overview of my research in relation to the field, a summary of my professional service, full HTML versions of many of my papers, and my field guide to common errors in college writing.

Personal Interests

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