Our first ACTNext fellow, Dr. Bryan Maddox, joins us from Assessment MicroAnalytics at the University of East Anglia (UK) and will be collaborating with the ACTNext team on projects related to AI, ML, and Learning Solutions.

Dr. Maddox’s work with ACTNext focuses on collaborative problem solving (CPS) constructs and associated knowledge and skill taxonomies. Additionally, he assists in developing methods for identification and analysis of chains of evidence linking low-level multimodal data with specific CPS skills and behaviors with high-level CPS constructs.


Dr. Bryan Maddox is a director of the Laboratory of International Assessment Studies (www.international-assessments.org), and executive director of Assessment MicroAnalytics ™ at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. An anthropologist by training, his research applies micro-analytic techniques to observe small-scale interaction and process data in assessment.  His recent publications include ‘Talk and Gesture as Process Data’ in Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives, 2018, 15 (Issue 3-4). Maddox and B.D. Zumbo ‘Observing Testing Situations: Validation as Jazz’ in B.D. Zumbo and A.M. Hubley ‘Understanding and Investigating Response Processes in Validation Research’, Springer, 2017), and ‘The Neglected Situation: Assessment Performance and Interaction in Context’ in Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice, 2015, 22 (4).

About the Program

The ACTNext Fellow program offers individuals from around the country and across the globe the opportunity to come and work with ACTNext scientists in a completely immersive experience. The ACTNext Fellow program was initiated to foster collaboration between ACTNext and other top tier research institutions by providing a rich environment for visiting scientists and scholars to bring their best ideas to bear on both existing ACTNext work, as well as new, joint endeavors. In short, the program aims to put the best minds available in the same room and move the needle on some of today’s most challenging problems facing learning, assessment, and education and career navigation. Program Fellows across diverse fields, from anthropology to data visualization will learn how their own work can benefit from ACTNext’s unique, data-driven approach –  computational psychometrics. This distinctive toolkit blends components from artificial intelligence and machine learning alongside elements from the learning sciences and cutting edge theoretical work in psychometric research.