Field of Work
How can we best tailor learning situations to the learners and help them to achieve their educational goals in the long term? To answer this question, Maria Wirzberger connects educational theory, psychological methodology and intelligent algorithms. Her ultimate goal is to create intelligent educational technologies that can adapt to learners’ individual needs in various contexts and provide optimal instructional support. Methodologically, the scientist uses a broad portfolio of experimentally obtained measures as well as computer-based simulations. Particular topics of interest are cognitive load assessment, adaptive guidance fading, distraction, task interruption and attention control, education for sustainable development and individual differences in technology use.
Maria Wirzberger (*1983 in Lohr am Main) is tenure-track assistant professor for teaching and learning with intelligent systems at the University of Stuttgart since March 2020. During her interdisciplinary journey, she obtained degrees in inclusive education, psychology and human factors in Bochum, Hagen and Berlin. Her PhD in the interdisciplinary Research Training Group "CrossWorlds" at TU Chemnitz shed light on cognitive processes and mechanisms related to cognitive load in instructional scenarios. In 2018, she joined the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen as postdoc to lead the development of the AI-based attention training application ACTrain.