Keynote Speeches

Chee-Kit Looi (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

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Julita Vassileva (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)

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Yasutaka Shimizu (National Institute of Multimedia Education, Japan)

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Barbara Wasson (University of Bergen, Norway)

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Introduction of Keynote Speakers

Chee-Kit Looi (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Chee-Kit Looi is a faculty member of the Learning Sciences and Technologies Academic Group in the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, and has served as Head, Learning Sciences Laboratory (LSL) since its inception in late 2004. LSL is now a prominent player in the international learning sciences community with 30 faculty staff and 35 research associates/assistants involved in more than 30 research projects. The work of LSL is characterized by its emphasis on doing research that is intended to lead to transformational and systemic changes in student learning in schools. Chee-Kit received his PhD in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Education from the University in Edinburgh in 1988. He has been very much involved in educational technology research for more than two decades. He has designed intelligent tutoring systems, and interactive and collaborative learning environments, and more recently has been involved in teacher education. His current research includes technology-enabled mathematics learning, collaborative learning and mobile computing. Chee-Kit sits on the editorial boards of Journal of Computer-Assisted Learning, International Journal on AI and Education and International Journal on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning.

Julita Vassileva (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)

Julita Vassileva received her Ph.D in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. She has worked as research associate at the Institute of Mathematics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and at the Federal Armed Forces University in Munich, Germany. She moved to Canada in 1997 and she is currently a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan. She has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers in a range of computer science areas: Artificial Intelligence and Education, User Modelling, Multi-Agent Systems and Online Communities. Dr. Vassileva was awarded the NSERC/Cameco Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for the three Canadian Prairie Provinces (Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba) in September 2005. The mandate of this 5-year Chair is to find ways to increase the number and status of women in science and engineers.

Yasutaka Shimizu (National Institute of Multimedia Education, Japan)

Yasutaka Shimizu worked at Tokyo Institute of Technology from 1969 to 2001, as Research Associate, Associate Professor and Professor. He was Director of the Center for Research and Development of Educational Technology (CRADLE) in 1994-1998, and the Dean of the Graduate School of Decision Science and Technology in 1998-2000. In 2001, he retired from Tokyo Institute of Technology and he is Professor of Emeritus. After then, he has been working at National Institute for Educational Policy Research of Japan. In addition to this position, he was nominated from April in 2004 as President of the National Institute of Multimedia Education (NIME), which is an independent administrative institution that contributes to the advancement of education by conducting research and development of educational methodologies and contents. Dr. Shimizu served as President of the Japan Society for Educational Technology and President of Japanese Association for Educational Technology. He was elected an IEEE Fellow "for contributions to research and development in the field of educational technology, electromagnetic compatibility, and surface acoustic waves" in 1994.

Barbara Wasson (University of Bergen, Norway)

Professor Dr. Barbara Wasson is Professor of Pedagogical Information Science at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen, Norway, Scientific Leader of InterMedia, and a founding partner of eNOVATE AS. She is one of the founders of Kaleidoscope, a European Network of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning and has been leader of its CSCL SIG with over 400 members. Barbara is an associate editor of the International Journal of Computer Support for Collaborative Learning and on the editorial boards of the Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy, and the new book series on Technology Enhanced Learning. Currently she serves on the CSCL Board in the ISLS association and on the board of the ICT Programme VERDIKT at the Norwegian Research Council that determines how National ICT research funds will be used for the next 10 years. In 2003 she obtained the contract for InterMedia to develop the ICT-based National test in English for the Norwegian Ministry of Education. In December 2004 she attended, by invitation only, a research summit to launch the international research initiative on Youth, Technology and Learning at the UN Headquarters in New York. Barbara's research interests include computer support for collaborative learning, socio-cultural theories of learning, design-based research, methodologies for studying virtual environments, and pedagogical agents. Her speciality is the design and evaluation of collaborative learning in distributed settings.