Pittsburgh, PA — September 12, 2007 — Quantum Simulations, Inc., a business-to-business developer of artificial intelligence (AI) tutoring, assessment and professional development software launched a new web site today to share the company?s vision to address five critical needs in education: Homework Help, Personalized Tutoring, Assessment, Professional Development and Accessibility.
In business for over nine years, Quantum is a ?technology think tank? for its distribution and collaborating partners, leveraging more than $7 million in federal research funding. Currently, Quantum is broadening its product offerings and subject areas include Chemistry, Developmental Mathematics and Accounting.
?Quantum is able to apply its technology across many product applications and subject disciplines because the same AI engines and knowledge engineering that drive tutoring and homework help also serve as the core for our assessment and professional development products,? stated Dr. Benny Johnson, President and CEO of Quantum. ?This model allows us to scale quickly horizontally into new content areas and vertically into new web-based applications based on customer need and market opportunity with our partners.?
Critical educational needs addressed by Quantum include:
HOMEWORK HELP: Current learning management and homework systems must manually code questions, problem solutions and explanations for thousands of problems, resulting in high development costs and long lead times for textbook publishers and software providers. Furthermore, students receive little or no feedback or individualized instruction. Quantum?s open system design directly supports each partner?s unique homework software and provides a level of detailed and personalized tutoring not available with any other homework tool or learning management system. Quantum dynamically supports thousands of problems without the need for additional content development or programming.
PERSONALIZED TUTORING: Accessed over the Internet from school, home or the dorm, students can access the Quantum Tutors day or night and receive unlimited help on their homework problems, ask questions and receive personalized step-by-step feedback on their own work when the instructor is not available to help or answer questions.
ASSESSMENT: Quantum is developing a new generation of assessment tools that go far beyond multiple-choice tests. The Quantum Assessment Advisors analyze and automatically grade actual student work from assignments and quizzes and provide the student and instructor with real-time reports by problem and learning concept to pinpoint key areas for effective study and intervention.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The Quantum Mentors are under development and allow new and out-of-field teachers to simulate typical student/teacher interactions, become familiar with content and best-practice pedagogy and learn how to respond to student questions effectively before getting in front of a live class.
ACCESSIBILITY: Quantum is building accessibility for the blind and visually impaired directly into its Tutors using synthesized speech screen access technologies. An audio component that responds dynamically to student inquires also helps other special-needs groups including low-ability readers, English as a second-language learners and individuals with print-related disabilities like dyslexia.
Quantum Simulations, Inc. develops artificial intelligence (AI) tutoring, assessment and professional development software that empowers teachers and inspires students from middle school through college to achieve more. Quantum?s intelligent learning software is available stand-alone or integrated with our partners? web-based homework products and Learning Management Systems. A ?technology think tank?, Quantum is funded and supported by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. For more information, please visit www.quantumsimulations.com.