Invited Speakers

Invited Speakers 邀请报告人




Prof. Xiwen Zhang
Beijing Language and Culture University, China


Xiwen Zhang is currently a Professor of Digital Media Department, School of Information Science, in the Beijing Language and Culture University. He worked as an associated professor from 2002 to 2007 at the Human-computer interaction Laboratory, Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences. From 2005 to 2006 he was a Postdoctor advised by Prof. Michael R. Lyu in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. From February to April in 2001 he was a Research Assistant by Dr. KeZhang Chen in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Hong Kong. From 2000 to 2002 he was a Postdoctor advised by Prof. Shijie Cai in the Computer Science and Technology Department, Nanjing University.
Prof. Zhang 's research interests include pattern recognition, computer vision, and human-computer interaction, as well as their applications in digital image, digital video, and digital ink. Prof. Zhang has published over 60 refereed journal and conference papers in his research areas. His SCI paper are published in Pattern Recognition, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics - Part B: Cybernetics, Computer-Aided Design. He has published more than twenty EI papers.
Prof. Zhang received his B.E. in Chemical equipment and machinery from Fushun Petroleum Institute (became Liaoning Shihua University since 2002) in 1995, and his Ph.D. advised by Prof. ZongYing Ou in Mechanical manufacturing and automation from Dalian University of Technology in 2000.


Assoc. Prof. Matthew Farber

University of Northern Colorado, USA


Matthew Farber, Ed.D., is an Associate Professor at the University of Northern Colorado, where he co-directs the Gaming SEL Lab. He has been invited to the White House, authored several books and papers, and is a frequent collaborator with UNESCO MGIEP and Games for Change. His most recent book is “Gaming SEL: Games as Transformational to Social and Emotional Learning.”


Assoc. Prof. Vincent CS Lee

Monash University, Australia ( IEEE Senior Member)


Vincent CS Lee is currently an Associate Professor with the Faculty of IT, Monash University and a Senior Member of IEEE. His education qualifications include Bachelor and Master degrees in EEE, both from the National University of Singapore; MBA from Henley Management College in Oxford, England; BBus (Hons 1st class in Economics & Finance) and MBus (Accountancy), both from RMIT University in Melbourne; and PhD degree from University of Newcastle, NSW in Australia. He is an active researcher and educator (with Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching from Monash University) with 30 years as academicians for four universities including Monash University and Swinburne University, both in Melbourne, joint Monash-South East University in Suzhou, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He was visiting Professors with School of Economics and Management, and School of Computing and Technology, Tsinghua University in Beijing. Lee’s research and higher education teaching (developed and delivered undergraduate and postgraduate courses) span multi-disciplinary domains across IT, Digital Health, Signal and Information Processing, Financial Engineering (FinTech), Educational Data Mining (with learner-centric education technology tools), Explainable AI, Deep ML, Computer Vision for dynamic objects tracking, and Multi-agent Autonomous Systems. Lee has published 200+ papers in IEEE/ACM SCImago ranked Q1 High Impact factors of Journals, and in CORE A/A* Peer-review International Conferences proceedings (AAAI, IJCAI, ICDM, ICWS, ICDE, PAKDD, CIKM, WWW, IEEE IC Signal Processing, IC-EDM). Lee also served as invited keynote speakers for a number of these IEEE and ACM Flagship conferences’ and General Chair and Co-chair of steering committees and technical programs.



Assoc. Prof. Feng Xiang

East China Normal University, China


Dr. Feng Xiang is an Associate Professor of East China Normal University in the Department of Educational Information Technology and Shanghai Digital Educational Equipment Engineering Technology Research Center. He is also the Deputy Secretary of Information Technology Education Professional Committee for Primary and Secondary Schools of The Chinese Society of Education. Dr Feng have 2 years of postdoc experience in Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell& Shanghai Jiao Tong University from 2018-2010 in telecom strategy development. He obtained his PhD in geography information system and master Degree in Computer Science & Engineering.
Dr. Feng is committed to education informatization research and services from 2010. In recent years, he is mainly focusing on the application of artificial intelligence in education, learning analytics. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed papers; contributed in 2 published standards in educational informatization in china; obtained 9 software copyright registration certificates; applied for 5 invention patents, and 2 has been authorized.




Senior Lecturer Dr. Neil Gordon
University of Hull, UK

Neil Gordon is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Hull in England. Neil is a National Teaching Fellow, and a Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. He has produced a number of reports for AdvanceHE, with major ones on the way that technology enhanced learning can enable flexible pedagogy, on the role of assessment in education, and on ways to address issues in retention and attainment in computing education. His awards include University Teaching Fellowships and awards for scholarship in teaching and learning. His research interests include applications of computer science to enable true technology enhanced learning, issues around sustainable development, as well as more discipline specific work on applications of computer algebra and formal methods. He has published over 50 journal articles, a similar number of refereed conference proceedings, along with a variety of book chapters, reports and other publications.



Assoc. Prof. Yang Chen

Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen), China

Yang Chen is currently an associate professor in the college of humanity and social sciences of Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen), China. She received her bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Communication University of China, master’s degree in digital media from Harbin Institute of Technology, China, and doctoral degree in computer graphics technology with a concentration in human-computer interaction from Purdue University, USA. Her research interests include social media, user experience, environmental communication, and educational gamification. As principal investigator, she has undertaken funded research projects on gamified pro-environmental communication, gamification in second language acquisition, and big data and education resources, which were funded by national/provincial social science foundations. She has publications in international journals including International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, sustainability, and International Journal of Language, Literature and Linguistics. She also published in international conferences such as ICBDE, ICESS, ICIET, WCEEE, and ELEARN. In addition, she serves as a reviewer for several prestigious international journals (such as Information, Communication & Society, Information Processing and Management, Social Media and Society, Behaviour & information Technology, and Interacting with Computers) and international conferences in the fields of social media, technology, and education.




Assoc. Prof. Giuliana Cucinelli

Concordia University, Canada


Dr. Giuliana Cucinelli is an Associate Professor in the Educational Technology Program in the Department of Education at Concordia University, and the co-director of the Participatory Media cluster for Concordia University's Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology. Cucinelli's research-creation program focuses on the social, cultural and educational impacts of technology.
Currently she is a principal investigator on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant and a Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC), Établissement de nouveaux professeurs grant which examines digital device practices and policy in K-12 schools in Quebec and Ontario. She is also a PI on a Concordia funded research-creation project Virtual Reality and Empathy Education: Understanding Cultural, Gender and Ethnic Difference in the Workplace.
Furthermore, she is a co-applicant on ACT: Ageing, Communication, Technologies, a multi-methodological research project that brings together researchers and institutional and community partners to address the transformation of the experiences of ageing with the proliferation of new forms of mediated communications in networked societies. The project is funded by a SSHRC Partnership Grant, with Dr. Kim Sawchuk as Director and Principal Investigator.
Before joining Concordia, Cucinelli was a FRQSC Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Comparative Media Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge), with research affiliations to their Open Documentary Lab, the Center for Civic Media, and the Youth and Media Project in the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and a Postdoctoral Research Affiliate for the Mobilities Lab in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University.




Prof. Emad A. S. Abu-Ayyash

British University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Emad A. S. Abu-Ayyash is an associate professor of education/TESOL at the British University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He achieved his Ph.D in Education/TESOL from the British University in Dubai, in 2016, his M.A. degree in translation from Yarmouk University, Jordan in 2007 and his B.A. degree in English literature and linguistics from Yarmouk University, Jordan in 1996. His research interests and publications include discourse analysis, teaching and learning, translation, assessment, online education and TESOL.