Giora Alexandron

Giora Alexandron completed his PhD in Computer Science Education at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Currently he is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Online Education Research Group of Prof. David Pritchard (http://relate.mit.edu/ ). His work includes Educational Data Mining to explore the behavior of online students; developing and testing Cognitive hypotheses; and using Machine Learning techniques to obtain Behavioral Analytics and to develop Recommendation Algorithms for Adaptive Learning.  

Journal Papers:
  • Alexandron, G., Armoni, M., Gordon, M., and Harel, D. Scenario-based programming, usability-oriented perception. Accepted to ACM Transactions on Computing Education.
  • Alexandron, G., Kaplan, H., and Sharir, M. (2007). Kinetic and dynamic data structures for convex hulls and upper envelopes. Computational Geometry: Theory and applications, 36(2): 144-158 (2007). 

Papers in refereed conferences:
  • Alexandron, G., Armoni, M., Gordon, M., and Harel, D. (2014). Scenario-based programming: Reducing the cognitive load, fostering abstract thinking. In Proceedings of the 36th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE)
  • Alexandron, G., Armoni, M., Gordon, M., and Harel, D. (2013). On Teaching Programming with Nondeterminism. In Proceedings of the 8th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education (WiPSCE).
  • Alexandron, G., Armoni, M., Gordon, M., and Harel, D. (2012). The effect of previous programming experience on the learning of scenario-based programming. In Proceedings of the 12th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research, pp. 151-159.
  • Alexandron, G., Armoni, M., and Harel, D. (2011). Programming with the User in Mind. In Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Psychology of Programming Interest Group (PPIG).
  • Alexandron, G., Lagoon, V., Naveh, R., and Rich, A. (2010). Gendebugger: An explanation-based constraint debugger. Workshop on Techniques for Implementing Constraint programming Systems (TRICS).
  • Rich, A., Alexandron, G., and Naveh, R.  (2009). An Explanation-based constraint debugger. In Proceedings of the 5th international Haifa verification conference on Hardware and software: verification and testing (HVC), pp. 52-56.
  • Alexandron, G., Kaplan, H., and Sharir, M. (2005). Kinetic and dynamic data structures for convex hulls and upper envelopes. In Proceedings of the 9th international conference on Algorithms and Data Structures (WADS), pp. 269-281. 
Popular Science:
  •  Alexandron, G., "How to cut a sandwich - on computational geometry and its applications" (Hebrew). Galileo 91:40-46 (2006)
"During my fellowship I volunteered at ‘green course’ – a non-profit organization of students for the society and environment. I lead the Weizmann cell, and together with the cell members, we had the opportunity to contribute in many ways to issues like public transportation, bike lanes, recycling, and related issues. After I completed this role, I founded, together with nutritionists and with other researchers from the Weizmann Institute, a forum called the Israeli Forum for Sustainable Nutrition. This forum, now a non-profit NGO, combines researchers and professionals to form a think-tank and a hub for furthering sustainable nutrition in Israel."