Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Mario Barajas Frutos, University of Barcelona, Spain

Mario Barajas Frutos is a Doctor in Education from the University of Barcelona and Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from San Francisco State University in the USA. He holds degrees in Engineering and in Philosophy and previously taught Mathematics in secondary education. He teaches about Digital Learning Environments, and in the doctoral program ‘Education and Society’ at the Faculty of Education of the University of Barcelona. He is a founder of the new Institute of Educational Research of the same University. He is a member of different Research Committees, Journals and Conferences at an international level. During the last two decades, Dr. Barajas has coordinated and participated in a large number of the European Union funded projects and leads the research group Future Learning (www.futurelearning.org).

 

Prof. Salah Al-Majeed, University of Gloucestershire, UK

Dr. Salah Al-Majeed, highly experienced academic manager with successful accomplishments records of brand technology, product innovations and corporate communication. A proficient academic Professor with extensive international profile and high quality of delivering academic teaching and research. Prof Al-Majeed is the Academic Subject Leader (Head) of Engineering and Technology at School of Business and Technology, University of Gloucestershire. Prior to his current position, Dr Salah was Head of Systems Engineering School at the Military Technological College -MTC Oman (partner with University of Portsmouth, UK). In addition to his role as academic and manager, Salah has an extensive portfolio of Industrial, Academia and R&D works, leading the innovation of implementing technologies. Conduct research into issues and challenges in data exploration through Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Environment (including Smart City and Biomedical and Health informatics) from a multitude of perspectives, which is driving breakthroughs and innovation in a range of areas, such as Sensor, E-Health, Telemedicine and Mobile Telemedicine, Wireless Networks (4G and 5G) for different layers and applications. Where that can be seen through his role as a lead consultant at North Caspian Operating Company - NCOC – Kazakhstan for Sensabot project and collaborating closely with Huawei, Shell and Carnegie Mellon University – CMU, USA. In addition, his research projects were supported and funded by UK, EU and International organizations and companies. Prof Al-Majeed is an Editor-in-Chief of Computer Science Engineering: An International Journal, and Editorial Member, International Journal of Computer Science, Engineering and Applications. In addition to his recognition as a Senior Member of IEEE, he is a reviewer for many well-known journals including IEEE transections and an invited keynote speaker for many of international conferences and events. Recently, he was the Technical Activities Officer of IEEE Oman Section.

Tile: Challenges in Curriculum Design based Systems and Hands-on Approaches for Engineering at Higher Education
Abstract:
Employers require graduates capable of considering innovative approaches, unique thinking, and communicating with different user groups during research or product design, interpreting standards and working with datasets. Systems Approach provide a wider knowledge for learners who are dealing with innovative engineering challenges. However, Hands-on is more practical Engineering that distinguishes quite clearly between being specialised and a general engineer. The talk will take you into a framework that cuts across the best common practices within engineering and the technology education environment and exchanging ideas, actions as well as recommendations for providing supportive resources and knowledge sharing.

Assoc. Prof. Andrea Nanetti, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr. Andrea Nanetti is employed as Associate Professor and serves as Associate Chair (Research) of the School of Art, Design and Media, and Senior Research Team Member of the Complexity Institute at Nanyang Technological University Singapore. He received his education in Historical Sciences and Heritage Sciences in Italy (Bologna), France (Paris-Sorbonne), Germany (Köln), Greece (National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens), and USA (Brown University, Providence RI) within a wide interdisciplinary approach that combined humanities (history, palaeography, philology, archival and library studies) with physics and computational data science. Dr. Nanetti pioneered digital humanities project for archival documents (1997-1999 State Archive in Venice and 2005-2010 State Archive in Ravenna), chronicles (2002-2004 Virtual Library of Venetian Chronicles), historical maps (2000, Imola from Leonardo da Vinci to 1974), and primary sources in general (2007-today, cloud platform for pre-modern Afro-Eurasia). Since 1996, he has published 20 multilingual books (13 single authored), 2 edited journals, and over 70 essays in scientific journals and books in English, Italian, Chinese, Spanish and Modern Greek. He is playing multiple editorial roles including the ‘Committee for the Publication of the Sources for the History of Venice’. He was the Founding Co-Chair of the Singapore Heritage Science Conference series and member of numerous Conference Committees including the ‘International Conference on Culture and Computing’, VSMM, SOTICS, and CCS.

Tile: On the Shoulders of the Giants. Technological Innovation and the Advancement of Learning
Abstract:
Societies have always used their heritage, viz. the treasure of human experiences, to remain resilient and to express their cultural identities. Nowadays, it seems that the rapid development of our society is endangering this spontaneous cultural process of adaptation to change. Part of social adaptation to change is enabled by the human knowledge and values that we transmit from one generation to the next. In the past, this transmission was passed down through artefacts, oral traditions, social rituals, and cultural practices. But given the increasing pace of technological innovation of our times, many traditional modes of knowledge and value transmission have become obsolete or at risk of vanishing. New media and non-conventional communications have arisen, creating new possibilities for cultural expressions and the advancement of learning. The vision is that with a clearer understanding of where we come from, we can better understand who we are, and understanding where we are now, we may influence what we want to become. As Helga Nowotny (co-founder and former President of the ERC) discussed on 22 January 2019, at Nanyang Technological University Singapore, with Maestro Michelangelo Pistoletto and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Ben Feringa, it can be a Fourth Industrial Revolution with increased inequality and poverty or a Third Paradise, a balanced connection between humanity and nature. It is all up to us.