Committees


Conference and General Chair Martha Crosby, University of Hawaii, USA


Dr. Martha E. Crosby
is a professor in the Department of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has a background in mathematics, computer science and educational psychology. The underlying theme of her research is to understand how to make computers more usable for the individual. She was one of the first researchers to use eye movements to investigate the cognitive processes by which people understand algorithms, search lists, databases, and view data models. Most recently, she has extended this work to building user models that incorporate physiological data seeking to understand the basis for differences in performance. She is particularly interested in the evaluation of human use of computer interfaces for educational applications to facilitate an understanding of individual differences in the development of adaptive software.
   
Program Chairs Stefan Trausen-Matu, University Politehnica of  Bucharest, Romania, Chair


Dr. Stefan Trausan-Matu
is Professor at the Computer Science Department of the University Politehnica of Bucharest (UPB), and principal researcher at the Institute of Artificial Intelligence of the Romanian Academy (RACAI). He was a Fulbright Visitor Scholar post-doc at Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA. His research interests are at the confluence of Artificial Intelligence, Discourse Analysis, Knowledge Construction, Education, Philosophy, and Music. He introduced the Polyphonic Model and Analysis Methodology for collaboration, learning and creativity, based on the idea that these activities have essential common points with polyphonic music.
He is the Head of the K-Teams Colaborative Knowledge Construction Laboratory in UPB, was the Deputy Director of RACAI, and conducted of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the National Informatics Research Institute in Romania. He was the Director of research projects for the Romanian part in international European Union funded research projects (PEKADS, LarFLaST, IKF, Inf3S, SkyNurse, LTfLL), participated in others (NSF-VMT, PAIL, BalkaNet, Poirot, EU-NCIT, COOPER, ERRIC, TOWNTOLOGY, MUMIA, Republic of Letters, etc.) and coordinated many national ones. He is Vicepresident of the Romanian Chapter of ACM SIGCHI. He chaired international conferences and participated to the program committee of many others.

Kristy Boyer, North Carolina State University, USA, co-Chair

Kristy Elizabeth Boyer is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on how to support learning with natural language dialogue and intelligent systems. She is particularly interested in computer science education research and in investigating how machine learning can help us understand social, cognitive, and affective phenomena in human interactions. Boyer holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from North Carolina State University, an M.S. in Applied Statistics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Valdosta State University. She has been recognized with an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. She is also a founding and current member of the Executive Steering Committee of the STARS Alliance for Broadening Participation in Computing and has co-edited a special issue of Dialogue and Discourse on Question Generation

Organization Chair Kitty Panourgia, Neoanalysis, Greece


Kitty Panourgia is the Managing Director of NEOANALYSIS LTD, a consulting and event management company. She is a psychology graduate with specialization in Education. (Post Grad. Diploma and MEd in Organisation and Planning of Education, University of Manchester, U.K. and Phd in Educational Mapping in Regional Development, University of Geneva, Switzerland). She is a consultant to the Greek Ministry of Education, mainly in the field of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating Educational Programmes in Higher Education. In 2011 she was awarded the title of European Ambassador for the Promotion of Female Entrepreneurship by the European Commission. In 2012 she was the Organization Chair of the 11th ITS Conference in Crete.
Local Organization Chair Michael-Brian Ogawa, University of Hawaii


Dr. MB Ogawa
is an Assistant Specialist at the Information and Computer Sciences Department of the University of Hawaii. His research focuses on learning technologies and instructional design in computer science education.
 
Workshops Chairs Min Chi, North Carolina State University, USA


Dr. Min Chi
  is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at North Carolina State University.  Her specialty is applied machine learning and data mining, and her research lies at the intersection of educational data mining and educational technology.  She received the Best Paper Award at the Intelligent Tutoring Systems Conference in 2010, and received Best Student Paper Awards at the User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization Conference in 2010 and the Intelligent Tutoring Systems Conference in 2008. She also received Best Poster Award at the Educational Data Mining conference in 2008.

Roger Azevedo
, North Carolina State University, USA

Roger Azevedo, Ph.D. Professor
Canada Research Chair in Metacognition and Advanced Learning Technologies
 
Editor, Metacognition and Learning
 
McGill University
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP)
Laboratory for the Study of Metacognition and Advanced Learning Technologies

Young Research Track Winslow Burleson, Arizona State University, USA

Winslow Burleson is an Associate Professor at NYU's College of Nursing with an affiliate appointment in NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. From 2006-2014 he served as an Assistant Professor of Human Computer Interaction in the School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University and in 2011 as a visiting Honors Faculty Fellon in ASU's Barrett Honors College. He is the Founding Director of the Motivational Environments research group and author of over 100 scientific publication (including the "best paper" at AI in Ed 2009 and the 2011 UMUAI James Chen Award) and has been awarded 10 patents. In 2013, he was honored with a Google Faculty Research Award and in 2009 the National Academy of Engineering recognized him as, "One of the nation's brightest young engineering researchers and educators." He received his PhD from the MIT Media Lab, has been honored as a Kavli Fellow and served on National Academy of Engineering, National Academies of Sciences and National Science Foundation Committees.


Tsukasa Hirashima
, Hiroshima University, Japan

Tsukasa Hirashima received his B.E., M.E. and PhD from Osaka University in 1986,1988 and 1991 respectively. He worked at The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University as a research associate and lecturer from 1991 to 1997. During 1997-2003, he worked in Graduate School of Information Engineering at Kyushu Institute of Technology as an associate professor. He has been a professor of Graduate School, Department of Information Engineering, Hiroshima University since 2004. His main research topic is "Structure-based Learning by Building", for example, "Learning by Problem Posing in Arithmetic/Mathematic" or "Kit-Build Concept Map". Some of the systems that he developed have been practically used in several elementary schools, junior high and high schools for several years.

     
Award Chair  Kalina Yacef, University of Sydney, Australia