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Conference Chair


James Uhomoibhi
University of Ulster
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 researchi g in computer science and education. 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 >>

 

Program Co-Chairs


Bruce M. McLaren
Carnegie Mellon University
United States
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~bmclaren


Brief Bio
Bruce McLaren is a senior systems scientist at Carnegie Mellon University (USA) and an adjunct principal researcher with the Center for e-Learning Technology (CeLTech), Saarland University (Germany). 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 more tha 100 publications spanning peer-reviewed journals, conferences, workshops, symposiums and book chapters. He has a Ph.D. and M.S. in intelligent 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 >>


Rob Reilly
MIT
United States
http://www.media.mit.edu/~reilly


Brief Bio
Dr. Rob Reilly received a Doctoral degree and Bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (USA), as well as a Master's degree from Springfield College (Massachusetts USA).

He has been a computer science teacher at various institutions for over 30 years. Some highlights of his career include: serving in the Office of Information Technologies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where his research dealt with the formulation of university wide policy for the integration and application of educational technology; serving as a researcher at the Insti
ute of Intelligent Systems at the University of Memphis (Tennessee USA); and service as a researcher in the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

In the IEEE Education Society, Dr. Reilly is the 2011-2012 President; he is, oddly-enough, also its Vice President for Chapters Activity.

He has received IGIP's Nikola Tesla Medal in 2012 for excellence in teaching pedagogy, the IEEE-MGA Leadership Award, the IEEE Larry K. Wilson Transnational Award, the IEEE Education Society's Edwin Jones Jr. Meritorious Service Award, the IEEE Computer Society's Contributions in a Pre-University Environment Award, and the Massachusetts Department of Educations Technology Pathfinder Award.
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Susan Zvacek
University of Denver
United States


Brief Bio
Susan Zvacek is Associate Provost for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at the University of Denver, where she oversees the Office of Teaching and Learning. She has worked in higher education as a faculty member, dissertation advisor, and administrator. Her publications are in the areas of distance education, instructional design, and faculty development and she is co-author of a distance education textbook (Teaching and Learning at a Distance, currently in its fifth edition) and Blackboard for Dummies. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in the Czech Republic and has also work d with the University of Porto (Portugal) to integrate higher order thinking skills into online and f2f engineering education. ... More >>

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