Invited Speakers

Assoc. Prof. M. Ali Akber Dewan
Athabasca University, Canada

Dr. Ali Dewan is an associate professor with the School of Computing and Information Systems, Faculty of Science and Technology, Athabasca University, Canada. He served as Chair for the School of Computing and Information Systems from 2019 to 2022. Before joining the University, he was a postdoctoral researcher at École de Technologie Supérieure (Montreal, Canada) from 2012 to 2014 and at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) from 2009 to 2012. He received the PhD degree in Computer Engineering from Kyung Hee University, South Korea, in 2009 and the BSc degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Khulna University, Bangladesh, in 2003. His research interests include artificial intelligence in education, educational data mining, machine learning, affective computing, computer vision, information visualization and medical image analysis. He received the Dean’s Award and the Excellent Research Achievement Award for his academic performance and research achievements during his PhD studies in South Korea. He served as chair/co-chair, program committee member, and reviewer in many prestigious conferences and journals. He is an Associate Editor for Circuit Systems and Signal Processing and Computers Journals. He is a member of IEEE. He is a recipient of the NSERC Discovery Grant, Canada, for the period 2020-2025. In this research project, he is investigating student engagement detection and designing pedagogical intervention to support online learners.


Assoc. Prof. Martha Nunez
Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico

Program Director at Tec de Monterrey, Monterrey campus. PhD by Birmingham City University, UK, research: “Supporting the Sustainable Development of Mexico: Reorienting the Curriculum in Higher Education Toward Integrating Sustainable Development”. Master’s in industrial design and Product Innovation (2010). Master’s in Construction Engineering and Administration (2001), Tec de Monterrey. Leader of educational innovation projects (2016 to present). Leader of Sostek, a platform developed to promote Sustainability in higher education that won silver at the QS Reimagine Education 2022. Experience in internationalization initiatives in higher education: global Classroom (COIL), organization of summer programs abroad, hiring of visiting professors, participation of students in international competitions, among others. International speaker on the topics of Educational Innovation and Sustainability in countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Colombia and Sri Lanka.


Dr. Mariam Mohamad
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

Dr. Mariam Mohamad is a Senior Lecturer at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang Malaysia. Her research interest is in the field of mobile learning and mobile assistive technology. Dr Mariam was acknowledged as one of the pioneers from Malaysia in mobile learning research, in the book entitled Mobile Learning in Higher Education in The Asia-Pacific Region published by Springer. Her work also referred by UNESCO in the publication entitled; Turning on Mobile Learning: Illustrative Initiatives and Policy Implications. Dr. Mariam has extensive experience in disseminating her work internationally. She actively involves presenting her work in international conferences with ISI Web of Science and SCOPUS indexed status. For her success in the field, in 2021, she was awarded with international grants which include Sumitomo Foundation and Japan Foundation to support her research in mobile assistive technology. For the community, she also devoted her time as the Advisor for Special Need Students Association, University Sains Malaysia. She is also a committee member for Research & Development Unit, Malaysian Association for The Blind.