Keynote Speakers





Prof. Marlene Scardamalia
University of Toronto, Canada

Professor Marlene Scardamalia was awarded the inaugural Presidents' Chair in Education and Knowledge Technologies at OISE/University of Toronto and is cofounder and director of the Institute for Knowledge Innovation and Technology—a worldwide network of innovators working to advance the frontiers of knowledge building in various sectors. Marlene’s work has led to numerous honours and awards, for example, the World Award of Education from the World Cultural Council; the institute she founded with Carl Bereiter received the ORION Learning Award for the development of the world's first collaborative learning environment and for leadership in research-based innovations in theory, pedagogy, and technology, all aimed at making citizens part of a 21st-century knowledge-creating culture. Her extensive research into how knowledge can be built within a community through interconnected, intentional, and collective efforts of participants invites us to imagine a future of learning that is as powerful as it is optimistic.

   



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 Lincoln, 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.