Neil Heffernan is a computer science professor at WPI. He developed ASSISTments, a web-based learning platform with his wife Cristina Heffernan.

Neil Heffernan, Professor; Director of Learning Sciences and Technologies at WPI

One of the Nation's Most Proven Educational Technologies

Dr. Heffernan and his wife Cristina Heffernan founded the ASSISTments platform in 2003.

Today, the platform assists thousands of students across the country improve their math scores. To learn more, visit the ASSISTments website

What is ASSISTments?

This is all funded by many grants.

In addition to his AI research and work with ASSISTments, Dr. Heffernan teaches several undergraduate and graduate courses at WPI:

  • Artificial Intelligence for Adaptive Educational Technology (CS 568). (Teaching now)
  • User Modeling, which focuses on educational data mining (CS 565).
  • Special Topics: Online Education (CS 525).
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (CS 4341). Will teach in August 2019.

Heffernan also hosts a data mining competition using our Nation's Report Card data.