“Psychometrics, cognitive psychology, and computer science are converging, as technology is enabling a paradigm shift in learning and assessment.”
—Alina von Davier
Senior Vice President, ACTNext
Alina von Davier is senior vice president of ACTNext. She and her team conduct research and develop prototypes supporting the next generation of learning and assessment. She is a pioneer in computational psychometrics and the blending of machine-learning algorithms with psychometric theory.
Alina earned her PhD in mathematics from Germany’s Otto von Guericke University, and her MS in mathematics from the University of Bucharest, Romania. Prior to ACT, von Davier led the ETS Computational Psychometrics Research Center, as well as the ETS Center for Psychometrics for International Tests, where she was responsible for both the psychometrics and scoring of TOEFL® and TOEIC®.
Machine learning and data mining techniques, Bayesian inference methods, and stochastic processes are key tools in her current research. In addition to her work at ACT, Alina serves as an adjunct professor at Fordham University and as an associate editor for Psychometrika and the Journal of Educational Measurement.