Keynote Speaker


Prof. Timothy Menzies
North Carolina State University, USA

Tim Menzies (IEEE Fellow, Ph.D., UNSW, 1995) is a full Professor in CS at North Carolina State University where he teaches software engineering, automated software engineering, and foundations of software science. He is the directory of the RAISE lab (real world AI for SE). that explores SE, data mining, AI, search-based SE, and open access science. He is the author of over 280 referred publications and editor of three recent books summarized the state of the art in software analytics. In his career, he has been a lead researcher on projects for NSF, NIJ, DoD, NASA, USDA (funding totalling over 12 million dollars) as well as joint research work with private companies. For 2002 to 2004, he was the software engineering research chair at NASA's software Independent Verification and Validation Facility. Prof. Menzies is the co-founder of the PROMISE conference series devoted to reproducible experiments in software engineering (http://tiny.cc/seacraft). He is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Communications of the ACM, ACM Transactions on Software Engineering Methodologies, Empirical Software Engineering, the Automated Software Engineering Journal the Big Data Journal, Information Software Technology, IEEE Software, and the Software Quality Journal. In 2015, he served as co-chair for the ICSE'15 NIER track. He has served as co-general chair of ICSME'16 and co-PC-chair of SSBSE'17, and ASE'12. For more, see his vita (http://menzies.us/pdf/MenziesCV.pdf or his list of publications http://tiny.cc/timpubs) or his home page http://menzies.us.

Everything You Wanted to Know about AI, But Were Afraid to Ask

Abstract: Are you up to date? Are you aware of the technologies that will define the next decade of analytics research? What are the strengths and weaknesses of that next-gen tech? How can we adjust that tech to take into accounts concerns about "FAT" (fairness, accountability, trust)? How to teach that diverse range of material? How should you be adjusting your graduate curriculum to cover those topics? Where is deep learning in all that? And beyond the next decade, what happens then? Will this be an interesting talk? Can you skim these slides beforehand (http://tiny.cc/aug21)? Can you come along with hard questions? Will I be able to answer those questions? For answers to all these questions, and more, please come to my talk.


Prof. Juan Carlos Olabe
Christian Brothers University, USA

Dr. Olabe and his research group are active participants in the field of learning and teaching technologies applied to online education, including the following areas: a) the design of multimedia content for primary, secondary and college level courses; b) the development of pedagogical methodologies for new digital learning environments; c) the creation and use of technological-based tools applied to teaching and learning; d) the implementation of resources for active pedagogical methodologies; and e) the delivery of Master’s, Bachelor’s courses and degrees using learning platforms. During the last two decades, Dr. Olabe and his research group have received the support of the European Union and the National Council for Science and Technology of Latin-American through the funding of a large number of research and development projects. Dr. Olabe has published several books and multiple articles in international journals, and has collaborated with international journals and committees. He has established working relationships with members of the MIT Lifelong Kindergarten group and with members of the One Laptop per Child project (OLCP) in the US and in multiple countries of Latin America. He has established relationships with governmental educational groups of the Ministries of Education of Peru, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia, as well as the educational networks RENATA of Colombia and CONACyT of Paraguay, and research groups at the University of Alicante, University of Extremadura, University of Salamanca, Luisíada University of Portugal, University of Silesia and LaSalle Bajío University (Mexico).

"Art as a Motivational Theme for the Study of STEM"

Abstract: In this presentation, Dr. Olabe will highlight the role of the Sciences and Mathematics in the Arts through human history, from the ancient civilizations to the present. The main theme of the presentation is the recovery of this role of the Arts to motivate a new approach to the education of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.) This talk is divided into two main parts. The first highlights the evolution of the arts throughout human history, including the ancient civilizations of China, Egypt, Persia, Rome and Greece, with emphasis in the role of the Sciences and Mathematics in the design and construction of the arts. The second, reviews the latest research in the areas of cognitive sciences and neuroscience to identify the visual elements of the arts (lines, forms, symmetries, proportions, colors, etc.) that allow for an efficient and robust teaching of fundamental STEM concepts and procedures. These ideas are illustrated with four examples of how STEM could be integrated in the classroom by focusing on the goals of STEM and the powerful resources that the Arts offer to the world of education.


Prof. Maria Beatrice Ligorio
University of Bari Aldo, Italy

M. Beatrice Ligorio is Full Professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Bari (Italy), where she teaches Educational Psychology and E-learning for organizations. Her research interests concern educational technologies, digital communities, identity, empowerment, smart-working, new theoretical approaches to learning such as dialogic and trialogical approach. She is the Dean of three-year degree course in Psychological Sciences and Techniques. She coordinated the national division of Developmental and Educational Psychology. She has been a member of the national board for recognition of tenure track. She is vice-president of the inter-university Collaborative Knowledge Building Group (CKBG; www.ckbg.org/) and since 2006 she is the main editor of the interdisciplinary journal called Qwerty (indexed on Scopus) (www.ckbg. org / qwerty / index.php / qwerty). She is in the scientific committee of many journals of the field. She has more than 200 publications among national and international journals, chapters and edited texts.

"Trialogical Approach: How to Enhance Technology in the Post-Pandemic Scenarios"

Abstract: Technology as a mean to support education is not a news. Many specific research traditions have been already developed during “unsuspecting times”. Now, during the post-pandemic scenario questions such as “Would we keep using technology in education?”, “Under what conditions?” reveal that the real problem is not using or not technology. The problematic point is having a psycho-pedagogical frame of reference that allows you to exploit the potential of technologies and, at the same time, capable to respond to current educational needs.
In my presentation I will illustrate the so-called Trialogical approach as a theoretical proposal capable of giving substance and concreteness to the use of technologies, as they become aimed at the construction of concrete, useful, challenging and motivated objects, destined for contexts other than those in which they are produced. This allows the educational / training context to interact with other contexts, enhancing the blended dimension, therefore without giving up the interaction in presence. The presentation will be accompanied by an illustration of cases in which the trialogic approach has been implemented. The cases span different school levels, from primary school to university.