David G. Novick

Mike Loya Distinguished Chair in Engineering
Professor of Engineering Education and Leadership
Department of Engineering Education and Leadership, Room E230
The University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, Texas, 79968-0517
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Ph.D., Computer and Information Science, University of Oregon, 1988
M.S., Computer and Information Science, University of Oregon, 1985
J.D., Harvard University, 1977
B.A., Honors College, Economics and Political Science, University of Oregon, 1974

Administrative Service

Co-director, Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce, 2012-2017
Associate Dean of Engineering for Graduate Studies and Research, 2011-2014
Acting Chair, Department of Computer Science, 2008-2009
Associate Provost, 2004-2008
Chair, Department of Computer Science, 1999-2004


My research focuses on interactive systems and, especially, building rapport in multimodal conversation. Current research projects include making conversations with embodied conversational agents more effective through modeling and implementing conversation control acts. My Advanced aGent ENgagement Team pursues the science and fun of building rapport between humans and embodied conversational agents. Wordle image of David Novick's research interests
This video, produced by my students, introduces the Advanced aGent ENgagement Team.
The group has developed several agent experiences, including
The Market Scene (2018). Credits: Aaron Rodriguez, L. Julie Hinojos, Adriana Camacho, Mahdokht Afravi, David Novick, Julie Rodriguez, Alex Rayon
The Boston Massacre History Experience (2017). Credits: Laura Rodriguez, Aaron Pacheco, David Novick, Enrique Ponce, Brad Cartwright, Ivan Gris, Aaron Rodriguez, L. Julie Hinojos, Olivia L. Rodriguez, Marco Cardiel
Gods of the Neon City (2017). Credits: Alex Rayon, Ivan Gris, Leonardo Montanez, David Novick, Alejandro Loaeza, Miguel Maldonado, Robert Loya, Francisco Mercado, Brandon Delgado, Oliver Martinez, L. Julie Hinojos, Michael Steven Ellis, Aaron Rodriguez, Pedro Garcia, Zachary Bell, Aaron Santallanes, Alain Sanchez, Patrick Morales, Daniel Alemeraz, Alfonso Peralta, Genesis Bejarano, Marco Cardiel
Survival on Jungle Island (2015), Credits: David Novick, Ivan Gris, Diego A. Rivera, Adriana Camacho, Alex Rayon, Mario Gutierrez
Escape from the Castle of the Vampire King (2013). Credits: David Novick, Ivan Gris, Adriana Camacho, Alex Rayon, Diego A. Rivera, Mario Gutierrez

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These following pages contain much additional information, including a summary of my professional service, full HTML versions of many of my papers, and my field guide to common errors in college writing.

Personal Interests

Graduate School

DGN, September 17, 2019