Prof. Michele Della Ventura, Music Academy 'Studio Musica', Italy
Michele Della Ventura, professor of Music Technology, is a learning
expert, researcher and instructional designer.
His research interests include correlation between music and
mathematics with a particular emphasis on artificial intelligence
research in the field of computer-aided analysis of tonal music;
intelligent systems; enhancing teaching and learning with
technology; assessment for learning and strategies and models for
the effective integration of technology into the curriculum at all
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
He proofreads articles and is a member of scientific committees in
He was invited as keynote speaker to International Conferences in
Italy, Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong
Kong, Ireland, Japan, 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. Some of the projects include
indexation of the symbolic level of musical text.
He is currently involved in several researches related to technology
supported learning for dyslexic students, learning through the use
of social media and handheld technologies in a CLIL classroom and
technology supported student’s music analysis and composition.
He teaches Music Informatics in University courses at Music
Academies and Conservatories and Musical Technologies in Music High
Speech Title: Creating inspiring learning environments by means of digital technologies:
Abstract: One of the most interesting challenges that many schools are facing today is the introduction of the most recent digital technologies in the learning process. These technologies also turn out to be efficient for the students in terms of motivation. Motivation and the nature of the learning experience are important factors for all students, but particularly for students with dyslexia. This research paper explores the effectiveness of using mobile technologies to support a course titled “Sound Recording” in Music Technology. Specifically, it discusses the effects of WhatsApp mobile learning activities guided by activity theory on students' knowledge management. Results showed that students with dyslexia compensated for their processing deficits by relying on learning strategies and help seeking.
Prof. Ramlee Mustapha, Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia
Dr. Ramlee Mustapha is a Professor of Technical and Vocational Education at the Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) [the Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia]. He was the Dean of the Institute of Post-Graduate Studies (2010 – 2011) and the Dean for the Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education at UPSI (2011 – 2012). His research interests lie in inventive thinking, creativity and innovation, experiential learning, engineering education, technical and vocational education, indigenous learning of minority groups (special needs students and Orang Asli – Malay Aborigines) and multicultural human resource development. He has written over 100 articles and 6 books in Technical-Vocational Education and Human Resource Development. His books and book chapters include Technical and Vocational Education [UPSI Press], Skills Training and Vocational Education [Springer], Diversity in Higher Education [SAGE], Digital Design for Instructional Applications [UKM Press], Education for Diverse Learners (2009) [Universiti Putra Press], Identify Career Potentials (2008) [Oxford], Competence Development as Workplace Learning (2007) [Innsbruck University Press, Austria], and Workforce Development in East Asia and the Pacific (2004) [Information Age Publishing Co., USA]. He is the Chief Editor for the Journal of Asian Vocational Education and Training (JAVET). He is also the Chief Editor for the International Journal of Learner Diversity. He also serves as International Editorial Board Member for International Journal for Vocational Education and Training (United States). He is also an Associate Editor for International Journal of Learning (Australia). He was former Secretary-General of Asian Academic Society of Vocational Education and Training (AASVET). He is also an active member in professional associations such as International Vocational Education and Training Association (IVETA), ACTE (American Career and Technical Education), Pi Delta Kappa (USA), and Malaysian Vocational Association. The latest project headed by Dr. Ramlee Mustapha is the identification of vocational interests and talents among Orang Asli (Indigenous) youth and the development of a new framework for the indigenous vocational training. Dr. Ramlee Mustapha was also involved in International Project funded by UNESCO to build Virtual Teacher Education Center (VirTEC) in South Asian Region. During his stay in the United States, he was involved in Leadership Development Program for Vocational Special Needs Program with Professor James P. Greenan at Purdue University. He was a UNESCO Scholar (2004-2005) and studied gender issues in vocational education and training during his fellowship at Purdue University USA in 2005. He received several outstanding awards such as Malaysian Government Scholarship Award to study in the United States (1982-1997), and Outstanding Graduate Students (1994), and Excellence Service Award (2003). He won several fellowships such as Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Nagoya University (2013), East China Normal University (2016), UNESCO fellowship (2004), Fulbright Scholar Program (2005) and IIPE (Columbia University) fellowship (2006) and Petrosains Fellowship (2008). He serves as visiting scholar at several prestigious universities such as University of Sydney (Australia), Nagoya University (Japan), Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education, University Brunei Darussalam and East China Normal University (China). He is also active in community services. Professor Mustapha has won several Gold and Silver Medals for his inventions at Salon International Des Inventions Genềve, Seoul International Invention Fair (SIIF), South Korea, and Malaysian Innovation Expo. Dr. Ramlee Mustapha holds a professional degree in Chemical Engineering (BSChE) from University of Alabama, USA. His first Master degree in Educational Administration (M.Ed) from Eastern New Mexico University, USA and his second Master degree in Industrial Technology (M.Sc) from Purdue University, USA. He also possessed a Post-Graduate Diploma in TESL from SEAMEO Regional Language Centre in Singapore. Finally, he earned a doctoral degree (Ph.D) in Technical and Vocational Education from Purdue University, USA. .
Speech Title: Education and Innovation in the Digital Age: Implications on Learning and Teaching
Abstract: The unprecedented acceleration pace of innovation that leads to technological revolution makes education wholly digitized. Ubiquitous human-computer interfaces have changed the pedagogy and delivery of education in a big way. Big data and digital analytics have "hacked" the future of education. However, the human side of the digital age is still biotic rather than robotic. Much of the human learning is still a social process. Learning occurs not totally as a response to digitized teaching, but rather as a result of a social framework that fosters acquisition of knowledge. To succeed in our struggle to build technology and a new media to support learning, we must move far beyond the conventional view of teaching as delivery of information. Although information is a critical part of learning, it's profoundly misleading and ineffective to separate information, theories, and principles from activities and situations within which they are used. Knowledge is inextricably situated in the physical and social context of its acquisition and use. This presentation will explore the evolution of education in the digital age especially in the progression of the web-based education from web 1.0 to web 4.0. Web 1.0 is as a web of information connection, web 2.0 as a web of people connection, web 3.0 as a web of knowledge connection and web 4.0 as a web of intelligence connection. In addition, there are significant challenges facing educators who want to bring education into a new paradigm of the 21st century. New types of literacy are much needed. Education should not be conceptualized as a unitary, monolithic, ironclad, regimented system of rules and regulations but as a socio-cultural terrain characterized by the production of experiences and subjectivities amidst varying degrees of assimilation, contestation and resistance. A more profound understanding is critical to examine how the wider conditions of the educational institutions in producing, negotiating and transforming the conditions of teaching so as to enable educators to enhance learning in an innovative and transformative way.
Prof. Laurie Cuthbert, Macao Polytechnic Institute
Professor Laurie Cuthbert is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL); he is Director of the MPI-QMUL Intelligent Systems Research Centre in Macao and for many years was Co-Director of the Joint Degree Programme that he established between QMUL and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. Professor Cuthbert also served as Head of the Department of Electronic Engineering in QMUL for 9 years and has acted on international expert groups for the Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and for the German
Professor Cuthbert has vast experience in telecommunications research. The research group he established in the late 1980s in the QMUL Department of Electronic Engineering was one of the first to be active in ATM research around that time. In the past 10 years he has presented and published more than 100 papers in various publications and events. Research grants he has received during his academic career have amounted to more than 7 million pounds, several being important EU research projects.
Professor Cuthbert has been the technical manager of the EU IST projects "SHUFFLE", "SAFEGUARD" and "ADAMANT". In 2009 he and his research partners, Dr John Bigham and Dr Clive Parini, successfully received a US patent for their research "Intelligent Control of Radio Resources in a Wireless Network". Dedicated to nurturing professional talents, besides his professorship at QMUL, he also serves as visiting professor Macao Polytechnic Institute. He has successfully supervised 31 PhD dissertations and 2 MPhil dissertations, as well as acting as external examiner to numerous PhD candidates in the UK and other countries.
Some major research projects Professor Cuthbert conducted as the principal investigator include: "Agent Technology for Connection Admission Control in Complex ATM N/Works" (EPSRC, GR/L04801, ￡164,051), "Agent Approach for Strategic Resource Management in Telecommunications Networks" (EPSRC, GR/M42893, ￡175,469), "CANCAN" (EU, ￡325,766), "CRUMPET" (EU, IST-1999-20147,￡180,067), "Technology for ATD" (EU, RACE R1022,￡450,000), "Broadband Access Facility" (EU, RACE R2024, ￡386,000), "Integrated Communications Management" (EU, RACE R2059, ￡231,000), "Hot Emulation" (TCD/Nortel, ￡188,480), "Provision of Quality of Service on Wireless Networks" (US Office of Naval Research, N00014-03-1-0323, ￡200,000), etc..
Speech Title: Striking the balance with technology in education
Abstract:Technology has enabled educators to provide exciting new ways for students to learn as well as offering them opportunities to investigate problems that would not otherwise have been possible. While this is to be applauded, it is also important to ensure that the technology is there to support the learning outcomes and not just included because it is "fun". This talk explores the balance behind the best of technology and the more traditional approaches to learning and teaching.