Keynote&Plenary Speakers

Prof. Wei Loong(David) HUNG, Dean, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Speech Title: Harnessing AI-Thinking for Education (Click for abstract)

Professor David Hung is Dean of Education Research at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. His foundational research interests are in learning and instructional technologies, constructivism and social constructivism, cognition and communities of practice. In particular, he is interested in the social cultural orientations in the contextual systems of schools in Singapore. More recently, Prof Hung has delved into Science of Learning in Education (SoLE), and he hopes to establish a niche in the juxtaposition of the Science of Systems and SoLE. In 2004, Prof Hung initiated the set-up of the Learning Sciences Laboratory. He has been involved in the ICT MasterPlan initiative by the Ministry of Education since its inception in 1997 and has witnessed its evolution over the years in terms of student-centred inquiry learning mediated through technologies. A significant part of the present effort is on translation and the diffusion of educational innovations. To date, Prof Hung has well over 120 journal papers, book chapters, books, and other such publications. He has personally garnered over SGD $5M of research funding over the years.

Prof KONG, Siu Cheung, the Education University of Hong Kong, China

Speech Title: Development of Computational Thinking and Design Thinking in Pedagogical Activities for Preparing Future-Ready Students in the Digital Era (Click for abstract)

Prof. KONG Siu Cheung currently is Professor of the Department of Mathematics and Information Technology (MIT); and Director of Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology (LTTC), the Education University of Hong Kong. Prof. Kong holds a doctorate from the Department of Computer Science of the City University of Hong Kong. Prof. Kong has produced over 280 academic publications in the areas of pedagogy in the digital classroom and online learning; policy on technology-transformed education and professional development of teachers for learner-centered learning; and computational thinking education. He has completed/conducted 71 research projects since joining the University (the then Hong Kong Institute of Education). Prof. Kong is at present serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning (RPTEL) and Journal of Computers in Education (JCE). He was in the presidential roles for the Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education (APSCE) for six years, as the President-Elect in 2012 and 2013, the President in 2014 and 2015, and Past-President in 2016 and 2017. Prof. Kong was the Convener of Theory and Practice of Pedagogical Design for Learning in Digital Classrooms International Research Network (IRN) under World Educational Research Association (WERA) from December 2012 to December 2015. He was also the member of the Assessment and Monitoring Sub-committee of the Quality Education Fund (QEF) of the HKSAR for 6 years from February 2011 to January 2017.

Speech Title: New Advances in Brain Assessment and Learning (Click for abstract)

Claude Frasson is Honorary Professor and Associate Professor in Computer Science at University of Montreal. Director of the HERON laboratory, his research interests are at the convergence of Artificial Intelligence, Education, and Human Computer Interaction. He holds a PhD and a Doctorat d'état in Computer Science from the University of Nice, France (1981) and produced about 340 refereed publications including 5 books. He founded, in 1988, the ITS International Conference in Intelligent Tutoring Systems and is the chair of its Steering Committee. He coordinated the SAFARI project, a multidisciplinary research effort involving an industrial approach for building, distributing and controlling intelligent courses on the Web and is at the origin of a patent on a distance learning architecture based on networked cognitive agents. He received an ACM award for excellence as the organization chair of 2001 Autonomous Agent Conference. Since 2004, he aims to understand, using EEG systems, how the human brain functions with emotions, considering that they play an important role in knowledge acquisition and subconscious learning.  He chaired about 14 international conferences and was a Keynote Speaker in 12 renowned  Conferences. He is a co-editor of the Encyclopedia of the Science of Learning (Springer, 2012). His recent research concerns the development of intelligent cognitive control systems based on emotions assessment and immersive environments.

Nobuo Funabiki received the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematical engineering and information physics from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1984 and 1993, respectively. He received the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University, USA, in 1991. From 1984 to 1994, he was with the System Engineering Division, Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd., Japan. In 1994, he joined the Department of Information and Computer Sciences at Osaka University, Japan, as an assistant professor, and became an associate professor in 1995. He stayed at University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2000-2001, as a visiting researcher. In 2001, he moved to the Department of Communication Network Engineering (currently, Electrical and Communication Engineering) at Okayama University as a professor. He was the chairman at IEEE Hiroshima Section in 2015 and 2016. His research interests include computer networks, optimization algorithms, educational technology, and Web technology.

Prof. Dr. Saedah Siraj, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Saedah Siraj is Professor of Curriculum Development at Faculty of Education, University of Malaya. She has served as a lecturer for 37 years and the Dean of the Faculty of Education since 2009-2014, and founding Director of the University Malaya Centre for a Family Development which was established in 2003. She received her Ph.D degree in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Pittsburgh, in 1990. Her research interests include future curriculum design, innovation of models and modules for mLearning curriculum, empirical methods in futures studies, instruction and learning quality, literacy education especially for indigenous group, and education for aging people. Saedah Siraj is the principal author of the books Kurikulum Masa Depan (Future Curriculum), Kajian Masa Depan dalam Pengembangan Kurikulum (Future Studies in Curriculum Development), Rekabentuk Kurikulum: Teori Praktis (Curriculum Design: Teory and Practice), Pendidikan Anak-anak (Children Education), Remaja dan Strategi Penyelesaian Masalah (Adolescent and Problem Solving Strategy), Design and Developmental Research: Emergent Trends in Educational Research. Chief Editor of the book of mLearning: A New Dimension of Curriculum Advancement, and Cognition and Learning: Issues and Strategies. She has published more than 150 articles locally and internationally. 
Professor Saedah Siraj is a pioneer in research studies and publications in mLearning in Asia beginning with the hosting and chairing of the international conference on mLearning in 2002. She is also a pioneer in the application of Futures Studies in education. She has successfully secured approval to establish a HUB for experts in Faculty of Education to facilitate research, development and expert services for the country. She has successfully produce more than 38 Phd graduate studends and secured a number of research grants both university and national level. She is now chairman of the Curriculum Association of Malaysia.