Beijing Normal University, China
Dr. Dejian Liu is the inventor of Disciplined Design Methodology. He is the founder of NetDragon Websoft Holding Ltd., one of the most successful online gaming companies in China. In 2015, Dr. Liu was awarded the designation of Special Allowance Expert in China’s State Council. Under his leadership, NetDragon has brought its products to more than 180 countries in ten languages, enjoying over 65 million registered overseas users. IIn 2010, Dr. Liu founded Huayu Education that integrates worldwide cutting-edge education resources with leading mobile internet technology. Huayu Education recently earned a Smart Media Award from Academics’ Choice for producing a top-quality product, 101 Education, which improves teachers’ experience in preparing lessons. Dr. Liu is certified as a senior engineer by the China Association of Science and Technology, the highest level of proficiency awarded. He is co-dean and chair of the Council for the Smart Learning Institute at Beijing Normal University.
Athabasca University, Canada
Dr. Maiga Chang is a Full Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at Athabasca University, Canada. His research mainly focus on game-based learning, training and assessment; learning behaviour analysis; learning analytics and academic analytics; intelligent agent technology; health informatics; data mining; computational intelligence; natural language processing; artificial intelligence, etc. He is now Chair (2018~2023) of IEEE Technical Committee of Learning Technology (TCLT, https://tc.computer.org/tclt), Executive Committee member (2022) of Technical & Conference Activities Board, IEEE Computer Society (https://www.computer.org/volunteering/boards-and-committees/technical-activities), Executive Committee member (2021~2022) of Special Technical Communities, IEEE Computer Society (https://www.computer.org/communities/special-technical-communities), Executive Committee member of Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education (2017~2024, APSCE, https://www.apsce.net/) and Global Chinese Society for Computing in Education (2016~2025, GCSCE, http://gcsce.org/), and Chair (2021~2022) of Educational Activities Committee, IEEE Northern Canada Section. Dr. Chang is also a Steering Committee member (2020~) for International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS, https://its2021.iis-international.org/) and chair (2014~) of Digital Game and Intelligent Toy Enhanced Learning special interest group (DIGITEL SIG) for IEEE TCLT. Dr. Chang is editors-in-chief (2019~) of Journal of Educational Technology & Society (https://www.j-ets.net/, an SSCI Open Access journal), editor-in-chief (2014~) of International Journal of Distance Education Technologies (https://igi-global.com/ijdet, an ESCI/EI/SCOPUS Open Access journal), and editor-in-chief (2020~) of Bulletin of Technical Committee on Learning Technology (https://tc.computer.org/tclt/bulletin/, an ESCI Open Access journal). He has given more than 110 talks and lectures in different events; He has participated in more than 310 international conferences and workshops as a Program Committee Member; and, he also has (co-)authored more than 227 edited books, book chapters, journal and international conference papers. He is an IEEE member for twenty-five years since 1996.
National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
Dr. Nian-Shing Chen is Chair Professor in the Institute for Research Excellence in Learning Sciences and Program of Learning Sciences at the National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan. Prof. Chen received the national outstanding research awards for three times in 2008, 2011 and 2015. He is ranked in the second place on the top authors list by article count in Computers & Education. He is ranked 4 on the top scholar list in educational technology field based on an article published in British Journal of Educational Technology. One of his papers published in Innovations in Education and Teaching International was awarded as the top cited article in 2010. Professor Chen served as the Editor-in-Chief for the prestige journal of Educational Technology and Society. He is a golden core member of IEEE, life-long member of ACM and the former Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Learning Technology.
University of Craiova, Romania
Dr. Popescu is currently working as Full Professor at the Computers and Information Technology Department, University of Craiova, Romania. She is also the Head of the Research Laboratory in Computers and Information Technology (Interdisciplinary Research Center in Computing, Automation, and Robotics, University of Craiova). Her current research interests include: technology enhanced learning, adaptation and personalization in Web-based systems, computer-supported collaborative learning, social learning environments, learning analytics, intelligent and distributed computing. She has authored and co-authored more than 100 publications, including books, journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. She has participated in over 15 national and international research projects, four of which as principal investigator (grant director). She received several scholarships and awards, including five best paper distinctions. Dr. Popescu obtained her PhD in 2009, from the University of Craiova, Romania and University of Technology of Compiegne, France (double degree). She currently serve as the Vice Chair for the IEEE Women in Engineering Romania Section Affinity Group, as Board member for the IEEE Technical Committee on Learning Technology (TCLT) and the International Association of Smart Learning Environments (IASLE). She is also a Distinguished Speaker in IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitors Program (2020-2023). Furthermore, she is actively involved in the academic community by serving as associate editor for four journals (IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, Smart Learning Environments, Human-Media Interaction section - Frontiers in Computer Science & Frontiers in Psychology, IEICE Transactions on Information and Systems - until 2019).
Beijing Normal University, China
Dr. Ahmed Tlili is the Co-Director of the OER Lab at the Smart Learning Institute of Beijing Normal University (SLIBNU). He is also a Visiting Professor at UNIR University, Spain. He has published several academic papers in international referred journals and conferences. He has also served as a local organizing and program committee member in various international conferences and as a reviewer in several refereed journals.
Hangzhou Normal University, China
Junfeng Yang is a professor in Hangzhou Normal University, and also a visiting professor in Beijing Normal University. He serves as the vice-dean for Educational Informatization Strategy Research Base (Beijing) established by Ministry of Education China from 2020. He has been working on ICT in education since 2010, and served as consultants for different level policy makings on ICT in education and smart education. He has published more than 40 academic papers, including SSCI journal papers and outstanding Chinese journal papers. He earned the title of “Zhejiang creative and leading talent in higher education”, “Zhejiang Young Zhijiang social science scholar”, “Hangzhou new century 131 scholar”. He serves as the associate editor of the journal of Smart Learning Environment published by Springer.
University of North Texas, USA
Dr. Kinshuk is the Dean of the College of Information at the University of North Texas. Prior to that, he held the NSERC/CNRL/Xerox/McGraw Hill Research Chair for Adaptivity and Personalization in Informatics, funded by the Federal government of Canada, Provincial government of Alberta, and by national and international industries. He was also Full Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems and Associate Dean of Faculty of Science and Technology, at Athabasca University, Canada. After completing first degree from India, he earned his Masters’ degree from Strathclyde University (Glasgow) and PhD from De Montfort University (Leicester), United Kingdom. His work has been dedicated to advancing research on the innovative paradigms, architectures and implementations of online and distance learning systems for individualized and adaptive learning in increasingly global environments. Areas of his research interests include learning analytics; learning technologies; mobile, ubiquitous and location aware learning systems; cognitive profiling; and, interactive technologies. With more than 550 research publications in refereed journals, international refereed conferences and book chapters, he is frequently invited as keynote or principal speaker in international conferences and visiting professor around the world. He has been twice awarded the prestigious fellowship of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2008 and 2013). Dr. Kinshuk is Founding Chair of IEEE Technical Committee on Learning Technologies, Founding Editor of the Educational Technology & Society Journal (SSCI indexed with 5-Year impact factor of 2.720 according to 2019 Clarivate Analytics Report), and one of the Founding Editors of Springer’s open access Smart Learning Environments journal (indexed by SCOPUS).
University of Turku, Canada
Dr. Richard A. W. Tortorella is an Affiliated Researcher with the University of Turku and the University of Eastern Finland. He is also an Assistant Editor for the Springer Smart Learning Environments Journal. His current research focus is on the merger of context-aware learning systems with artificial intelligence. His work is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of research in advanced learning systems. Prior to his current appointments, he was an Assistant Editor for the Educational Technology & Society Journal. He is active in post secondary education both in course development and instruction. Dr. Tortorella is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Director of the International Association of Smart Learning Environments (IASLE).
Beijing Normal University, China
Dr. Ronghuai Huang is a Professor in Faculty of Education and Dean of Smart Learning Institute in Beijing Normal University, the Director of UNESCO International Rural Educational and Training Centre and the Director of National Engineering Lab for Cyberlearning Intelligent Technology. He serves as Vice Chairman of China Association for Educational Technology; Vice Chairman of China Educational Equipment Industry Association; Deputy Director of Collaborative and Innovative Center for Educational Technology; Director of Digital Learning and Public Education Service Center; Director of Professional Teaching and Guiding Committee for Educational Technology; Director of Beijing Key Laboratory for Educational Technology. He received “Chang Jiang Scholar” award in 2016, which is the highest academic award issued to an individual in higher education by the Ministry of Education in China.
Athabasca University, Canada
Rébecca Guillot is a research assistant at Athabasca University, her areas of research interests include interactive and visual environments in learning analytics, augmented reality, math analytics and music analytics.