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James Uhomoibhi
Ulster University
United Kingdom

Brief Bio
James Uhomoibhi, a native born of Nigeria is an academic of strong international standing in Physics, Computing and Engineering. He has a first degree in Physics from Nigeria, a BPhil degree from Italy and moved to the UK where he completed his MSc in Optoelectronics and Optical Information Processing and a PhD in Laser Physics. Following his initial appointment as lecturer in Queen’s University Belfast he completed a PGCHET in Higher Education. Today he is at University of Ulster where he was Faculty e-learning coordinator (2004-2015) and now lectures in Engineering whilst researching in computer science and edu cation. He is a visiting Professor of Physics, Computer Science and IT in two Nigerian Universities. He is also a visiting Professor of Science, Technology and Environmental Studies at the Open University in Tanzania. James is a Chartered Physicist and a member of the Institute of Physics; He is a Chartered IT Professional and a Fellow of BCS and also a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. James Uhomoibhi is the African Laser Centre Representative in Europe and has served as Head of SEFI Task Force on European Cooperation with Africa. SEFI is the European Society for Engineering Education. He also sits on the Board of the International Network for Engineering Education and Research (iNEER). He is a member of Council of SEFI and of the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. James Uhomoibhi is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee (DIC) and the International of the Institute of Physics (IoP). He is the founder and current Chair of the BCS e-Learning Specialist Group. In 2011 James Uhomoibhi was appointed a LEADS Scholar by the Nigerian National Universities Commission (NUC), charged with the responsibility of linking experts and academics in the Diaspora to the country. He is a recipient several academic and community awards including amongst others, the iNEER Global Achievement Award in Engineering Education (2011), Belfast Ambassadors Award (2012), BCS Long Service Award and the Distinguished Service Award of the Powerlist All Ireland African Leadership Excellence Award Programme, which he received in 2012. James Uhomoibhi very recently received the Sentinus Ambassador of the Year 2016 Award for outstanding works and contributions to STEM Education and Research Development and Implementation in Northern Ireland, UK. ... More >>

Bruce M. McLaren
Carnegie Mellon University
United States

Brief Bio
Bruce McLaren is a associate research professor at Carnegie Mellon University (USA). He is passionate about how technology can support education and has dedicated his work and research to projects that explore how students can learn with Internet-based educational software. He is particularly interested in intelligent tutoring systems, e-learning principles and collaborative learning and technology for supporting and analyzing collaborative argumentation. He has approximatey 200 publications spanning peer-reviewed journals, conferences, workshops, symposiums and book chapters. He has a Ph.D. and M.S. in intellige nt systems and an M.S. in computer science from the University Of Pittsburgh (USA), as well as a B.S. (cum laude) in computer science from Millersville University. ... More >>


Program Co-Chairs

Jelena Jovanovic
University of Belgrade

Brief Bio
Jelena Jovanovic is a Professor at the Department of Software Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Centre for the Science of Learning & Technology (SLATE) at University of Bergen, Norway, and an Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Learning Analytics at Monash (CoLAM), Monash University, Australia. Her current research focus is on the use of computational approaches, including statistical and machine learning methods and techniques, network analysis, and text analytics, towards better understanding and supporting learning, primarily self-regulated learning in higher education settings. She has published numerous papers in high-ranked international peer-reviewed journals and conferences. She is Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies and Editorial Board member of Journal of Learning Analytics, Journal of Educational Data Mining, and Computers & Education: Artificial Intelligence. ... More >>

Irene-Angelica Chounta
Computer Science and Applied Cognitive Science, University of Duisburg-Essen

Brief Bio
Irene-Angelica Chounta holds a Professorship on Computational Methods in Modeling and Analysis of Learning Processes in the Department of Computer Science and Applied Cognitive Science, University of Duisburg-Essen and she is the Head of the research group colaps ( Her research focuses on computational learning analytics (LA) for technology-enhanced learning (TEL), artificial intelligence in education (AIED) and educational technologies. Her main research interest is to model learners’ behavior in order to provide evidence-based, adaptive and personalized feedback, in a variety of contexts: from intelligent tutoring systems and computer-supported collaborative learning environments to hackathons and makerspaces, in 2019, she was awarded a four-year start-up grant from the Estonian Research Council for her research on “Combining machine learning and learning analytics to provide personalized scaffolding for computer-supported learning activities”. Irene was born and raised in Athens, Greece and studied in the University of Patras. She has lived and worked in Germany (University of Duisburg-Essen), USA (Carnegie Mellon University) and Estonia (University of Tartu). Currently, she serves as a Communications Co-Chair for the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS), and she is an active member of the International Artificial Intelligence in Education Society (IAIED), and the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR). ... More >>