Speakers on ICEIT 2019


Prof. Michele Della Ventura, Music Academy 'Studio Musica', Italy
Michele Della Ventura, professor of Music Technologies, is a learning innovations consultant, researcher and instructional designer. His research interests include: correlation between music and mathematics with a particular emphasis on artificial intelligence systems in the field of computer-aided analysis of tonal music; technology supported learning and distance education, with particular emphasis on the use of social media and Web 2.0 technologies to enhance dyslexic students skills; assessment for learning and strategies and models for the effective integration of technology into the curriculum at all academic levels.
He is the author of several articles presented at many conferences and published in international science magazines and high school textbooks (also featured at the International Book Salon of Turin in 2012 and 2018).
He proofreads articles and is a member of scientific committees in International Conferences.
He was invited as keynote speaker to International Conferences in Italy, Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Spain, UK, US (Baltimora, Boston, Las Vegas, New York, Washington).
Michele Della Ventura has also consulted on Big Data and Semantic Technology projects in Italy. He is currently involved in the development of an Intelligent System aimed at monitoring and supporting the analysis of Speech Sounds of children with dyslalia.
Speech Title: Exploring the Impact of the Artificial Intelligence Technologies in the Learning Process
In recent years, schools are involved in developing new strategies to improve the learning process in higher education, and consequently they have been focusing on increasing the variety of support offered to students with disabilities for a more inclusive learning environment. The growth in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education raises questions about how the new technologies can support an inclusive learning approach. This research is based on the use of some AI softwares that it is possibile to use for managing the student's motivation in order to promote effective, active, efficient and satisfactory learning. In particular, an attempt was made to consider the strengths of dyslexic students in order to mitigate their weaknesses.



Prof. Manolis Vavalis, University of Thessaly, Greece


Prof. Vavalis has served as a faculty member at the University of Crete and at Purdue University and as a Senior Researcher at ICS of the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH) and at ITI of the Centre of Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH).
He authored more than 100 peer reviewed publications and supervised more than 80 students. His research has been supported by NSF, European Commission and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology – Greece. He currently focuses on Smart Energy Systems, Blockchain, Web Technologies, Information and Knowledge Management and Computational Science and Engineering.

Title: On the development of a SME clinic
Abstract: The aim of this talk is to present our on-going efforts to design and develop a web-based online support service for small and medium size enterprises, especially those established away from financial and economic centers, in order to address critical operational problems and improve their efficiency in making business decisions. The service is supported by
1) a digital platform and a large data management and exploitation model with modern business analytics and machine learning technologies and
2) a scientific and technologically effective and innovative mechanism for analyzing, evaluating, advising and on-site dealing with the "illnesses" and problems of the small business, regardless of the industry and its area of ​​operation. Our project seeks to address and answer the right questions on the structural weaknesses of small businesses and to do so in a way that is scientifically and technologically optimal but also economically feasible. Upon completion of the service, each small business will have access to a digital platform that will provide business advice and guidance on the problems it faces, which are largely free of charge.


Prof. Winifred Newman, Clemson University, USA

Dr. Newman concentrates on space perception, ecological psychology, and neuroaesthetics with active research in neuromorphic architecture, mapping and data visualization, STEM learning environments and histories of technology and science. She received funding from the NSF, FIU, the Graham Foundation and others. Dr. Newman was a Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin with additional fellowships from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Speech Title: Cultures of Learning Technology
Abstract: In our technological society technique (technology) is a totality of methods rationally arrived at and having absolute efficiency (for a given stage of development) in every field of human activity. Its characteristics are new; the technique of the present has no common measure with that of the past.” This well-known idea about technology from the French sociologist Jacques Ellul resonates as much now as they did in the last century before the cyber-revolution. The idea of technology as a sociological phenomenon isn’t new, but recent advances in cybertechnologies suggests it is time to re-examine our current use of technology education against Ellul’s idea of rationality, efficiency and procedure.












Prof. Ramlee Mustapha, Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia
Trained as a chemical engineer and technologist and graduated with a Ph.D from Purdue University, USA, Professor Ramlee Mustapha was a Director of University-Community Transformation Centre at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) or Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia. He was the former Dean of Post-Graduate Institute and former Dean of Technical Education Faculty at UPSI. He has written more than 10 books and over 100 articles on technology and education for the past 20 years. His books were published by Springer, Oxford, Sage, Information Age and others. He had been appointed as visiting scholar and received fellowship funding from UNESCO, Fulbright, Columbia University, University of Sydney, Nagoya University, Technische Universitat Dortmund Germany, National Yunlin Science and Technology University, Taiwan and University Brunei Darussalam.

Speech Title: Future Paradigm: Intelligent-Based Learning
Abstract: Beyond 21st century skills, digital agility and innovation such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), big data and analytics, cloud computing and mobile solution, social media, the Internet of Things (IoT), Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) with digital games are fundamentally changing the dynamics of education and instructional technologies landscape into new form of intelligent-based learning. The emergence of new model of Education 4.0 that focuses on educational innovation and agility has made future learning more personalised, hyper, interactive, mobile, global and virtual. Industrial revolution 4.0 that exploded exponentially has droned the future learning into labyrinth of smart classrooms. The emergence of millennial kids (Gen-Zs) with digital intelligence and cyber-talent has transformed the traditional teaching and learning. Hence, the digital era poses many challenges to educators. As digital technology emerged from analog algorithm, intelligent-based teaching and learning is poised to transform the way we live, work, study, and play. However, critics argued that conventional teachers are not ready to handle the Gen-Zs. These millennial kids who are now entering schools and universities, have learning expectations, styles, and needs different from the previous cohorts. Today’s Gen-Zs communicate in a language that older generation may not fully understand; they have their own genre ─ digital genre. They have their own ways of interpretation and expression. Digital natives take advantage of the enormous resources of the cyberspace by using google, mobile apps, and digital technologies to create something creative, innovative and expressive despite cyber-security issue. These techno-junkies and wi-fi generation also prefer an interactive approach to learning which blends information through system integration via a complex montage of images, icons, sound, video, simulation-animation, games, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). To succeed in this digital age, intelligent-based learning is a way forward.

Keywords:   Intelligent-based learning, digital genre, digital innovation, digital pedagogy, future learning