Emily Jensen


Hi there, I’m Emily!

I’m a Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science and the Institute of Cognitive Science at CU Boulder advised by Sriram Sankaranarayanan and Brad Hayes. In general, I’m interested in using autonomous systems to teach people complex tasks. You can read more on my research page.

One of my goals in grad school is to maintain a life outside of grad school; depending on the day, you can find me drinking tea, reading dystopian novels, knitting, running or hitting the trails (sometimes at the same time), and messing around on my piano. I also sporadically post an open diary of sorts on this site to show that goals, motivation, and progress through grad school (and life) isn’t anywhere close to linear.

As someone with interests at the intersection of a lot of different fields, I really struggled through the graduate school application process. On top of that, I didn’t know what to look for in a program or what the daily life of a graduate student looked like. If you have questions about these as well, I would be happy to chat about my experience or connect you with someone else.


Aug 15, 2022 Paper “Using Artificial Potential Fields To Model Driver Situational Awareness” accepted to CPHS Workshop.
Jul 17, 2022 New website is under construction!

Selected Publications

  1. EDM
    Generalizability of Sensor-Free Affect Detection Models in a Longitudinal Dataset of Tens of Thousands of Students
    Jensen, Emily, Hutt, Stephen,  and D’Mello, Sidney K.
    In The 12th International Conference on Educational Data Mining 2019
  2. CHI
    Toward Automated Feedback on Teacher Discourse to Enhance Teacher Learning
    Jensen, Emily, Dale, Meghan, Donnelly, Patrick J., Stone, Cathlyn, Kelly, Sean, Godley, Amanda,  and D’Mello, Sidney K.
    In 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Proceedings (CHI 2020) 2020
  3. LAK
    What You Do Predicts How You Do: Prospectively Modeling Student Quiz Performance Using Activity Features in an Online Learning Environment
    Jensen, Emily, Hunkins, Nicholas C., D’Mello, Sidney K., Hutt, Stephen,  and Huggins-Manley, A. Corinne
    In LAK21: 11th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK21) 2021
  4. LAK
    A Deep Transfer Learning Approach to Modeling Teacher Discourse in the Classroom
    Jensen, Emily, Pugh, Samuel L.,  and D’Mello, Sidney K.
    In LAK21: 11th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK21) 2021