Keynote Speakers

Pierre Dillenbourg
Professor
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Switzerland

Former teacher in elementary school, Pierre Dillenbourg graduated in educational science (University of Mons, B). He started his research on learning technologies in 1984. He obtained a PhD in computer science from the University of Lancaster (UK), in the domain of artificial intelligence applications for educational software. He has been director of TECFA, the educational technology unit at the University of Geneva. He joined EPFL in November 2002. His curriculum vitae includes more than 50 publications and 100 conferences worldwide. His current interests concern computer-supported collaborative learning: the role of virtual space in social interaction; the effects of awareness tools on group performance and mutual modeling; the design of mixed-reality learning environments; mobile technologies for learning.

P. Dillenbourg has been consultant consulting on training technologies and HCI issues for large companies in Switzerland and Europe. He has been the President of International Society for Learning Sciences as well.

http://craft.epfl.ch/page21625.html

 

Sherry Hsi

Sherry HSI

Research Director
Center for Technology Innovation
Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley
USA

Dr. Sherry Hsi is an education researcher, designer, and learning technologist with the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Working at the intersection of research and practice, Dr. Hsi focuses on understanding how to design, implement, and evaluate social contexts for better science education, facilitation, and deeper reflection mediated by new media, online environments, and networked technologies. She has conducted research and evaluation on new media projects, handhelds, science websites, digital libraries, and other informal science learning programs.

Dr. Hsi co-leads the SMILE Pathway, a U.S. National Science Foundation-funded digital library of inquiry-based activities for science and mathematics informal learning educators that draws the best materials from across different museums and science centers (howtosmile.org). She is also the co-PI of a research project that investigates online visits to museum websites using educational data mining approaches. Before joining the Lawrence Hall of Science, Dr. Hsi directed new media research and evaluation at the Exploratorium and worked on the Electronic Guidebook project to study mobile inquiry to support learning in and beyond museums.

Dr. Hsi is the author of several articles and book chapters including "The Digital Museum: A Think Guide", "Digital Technologies and the Museum Experience: Handheld Guides and Other Media", and “Computers, Teachers, Peers: Science Learning Partners. " Dr. Hsi did her PhD studies at the University of California Berkeley and post-doctoral research with The Concord Consortium. Dr. Hsi is on the editorial board for the International Journal of Science Education and reviews for the Journal of the Learning Sciences.

http://www.informalscience.org/member/show/219

 

Gwo-Jen HWANG
Professor & Dean
National University of Tainan, Tainan

Dr. Gwo-Jen Hwang is currently a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Information and Learning Technology, and Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at National University of Tainan in Taiwan. In 1991, Dr. Hwang received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Information Engineering from National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.

Dr. Hwang is the Executive Editor of International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation as well as of International Journal of Digital Learning Technology. In addition, he serves as an editorial board member and a reviewer for more than 30 academic journals. His research interests include mobile and ubiquitous learning, computer-assisted testing, expert systems and knowledge engineering. Owing to the distinguished achievements in mobile and ubiquitous learning studies, in 2007, Dr. Hwang was elected as the Chair of the Special Interest Group of Mobile and Ubiquitous Learning in the Information Technology Education Division of the National Science Council in Taiwan. He has been serving the position since then.

Dr. Hwang has published more than 300 academic papers, including 103 papers in such professional journals as Computers & Education, Educational Technology & Society, British Journal of Educational Technology, Innovations in Education and Teaching International, and IEEE Transactions on Education among others. One of his research papers has been recognized by the well-established Computers & Education as one of the top 10 most frequently cited papers. Owing to the good reputation in academic research and innovative inventions of e-learning, in 2007, he received the annual Most Outstanding Researcher Award from the National Science Council in Taiwan.

http://web.nutn.edu.tw/el/gjhwang/index.html