Carlo Ratti

Director, MIT Senseable City Lab, and Partner, Carlo Ratti Associati

The real-time city is now real! The increasing deployment of sensors and hand-held electronics in recent years is allowing a new approach to the study of the built environment. The way we describe and understand cities is being radically transformed - alongside the tools we use to design them and impact on their physical structure. The contribution from Prof. Carlo Ratti will address these issues from a critical point of view through projects by the Sensaeable City Laboratory, a research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the design office Carlo Ratti Associati.

An architect and engineer by training, Carlo Ratti practices in Italy and teaches at the MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. Ratti has co-authored over 250 publications and holds several patents. His work has been exhibited in several venues worldwide, including the Venice Biennale, MoMA in New York City and MAXXI in Rome. At the 2008 World Expo, his ‘Digital Water Pavilion’ was hailed by Time Magazine as one of the ‘Best Inventions of the Year’. He has been included in Blueprint Magazine's ‘25 People who will Change the World of Design’ and in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world’. He is curator for the ‘Future Food District’ at Expo Milano 2015.

Mike Sharples

Professor of Educational Technology, the Open University, UK

Keynote Title: Open Learning at Massive Scale
Access to education is essential for development of individuals and societies worldwide. Equally important is that the access should lead to relevant and effective learning. There is a transformation of online learning through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and ‘flipped classrooms’ that blend learning from video at home with educator-led discussions in the classroom. My presentation will cover the need for new methods of teaching, learning and assessment that are effective for worldwide access at massive scale. Some teaching, such as sports coaching, does not scale. Broadcast teaching is neither better nor worse at massive scale, and some methods improve with scale. I shall discuss the approach of ‘massive open social learning’ adopted by the FutureLearn platform, and ‘citizen science inquiry’ developed at the Open University as new approaches to large scale open access web education.

Mike Sharples is Professor of Educational Technology in the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University, UK. He also has a post as Academic Lead for the FutureLearn company. His research involves human-centred design of new technologies and environments for learning. He inaugurated the mLearn conference series and was Founding President of the International Association for Mobile Learning. He is Associate Editor in Chief of IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies. He is author of over 300 papers in the areas of educational technology, science education, human-centred design of personal technologies, artificial intelligence and cognitive science.

Eng. Muammar Al Katheeri

Executive Vice President – Engineering Management

Chairman of Smart City Project Committee
Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

Eng. Muammar joined Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) in April 2006 as the Director of Planning and Construction Management Department. Bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to DSOA in Construction and Facilities Management, Eng. Muammar proved to be an asset for DSOA by driving the whole operation of Construction and Project Operation forward.

In 2010, DSOA saw the need to merge Planning & Constructions Department along with Operations & facilities under one leadership. Based on this decision, Eng. Muammar was appointed as Executive VP of Engineering Management. In 2014 Eng. Muammar was appointed as the chairman of the smart city project committee in Dubai Silicon Oasis.

Prior to joining DSOA, Eng. Muammar worked with major real estate companies in the UAE. First, he worked with Emirates Real Estate Corp. as the Projects and Maintenance Manager, where he served on major projects including: Ministries complex project AUH, Ministry of Education DXB, Ministry of Public works DXB, Ministry of Labour DXB, UAE Embassy in Germany, UAE Consulate in Munich, UAE Embassy in Australia, and many other prestigious projects. Then, he served as a Design Engineer at the Ministry of Public Works in Dubai, as a project Design Manager at ETISALAT and a partner at a local design Consultancy office. Eng. Muammar holds a Master of Science in Innovation & Change Management from Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University in Dubai and holds a Bachelor degree in Architectural Engineering from Al Ain University; United Arab Emirates

Dr. Fanny Klett

Director, German Workforce ADL Partnership Laboratory, Germany

Keynote Title: The War for Talent - ICT as a Driving Force Toward Human Capital Development
Conventional and new technologies as well as traditional and novel methodical approaches to learning, assessment, performance, and quality management merge together to build a new foundation for human capital management and talent identification in academia and businesses. The analysis of competencies in ICT based human resources management systems increasingly serves as a key source of maximizing the Return-On-Investment in people and technology. Hence, a strong linkage between academia, industry and government is vital toward facilitating the implementation of standardized technological solutions, and bridging educational effort, skills development and employment outcomes.

This talk addresses technology and standardization trends toward skills development, and job performance to answer the questions increasingly raised in our Knowledge Economy: Are graduates prepared for industrial and market needs? Can higher education respond to society and demographic change requirements? How can ICT intertwine education strategies and workforce performance? How can ICT support career development, assessment and in the fast changing conditions of the global employment market, and the War for Talent?

Dr. Fanny Klett is Director of the German Workforce Advanced Distributed Learning Partnership Laboratory, which is run in cooperation with the US Government. Fanny Klett is regularly invited as Visiting Professor and Distinguished Lecturer at universities across Europe and Asia. Her research involves advanced ICT solutions in the areas of information, data and content management, competency and job performance management, assessment, knowledge management, data mining and interoperability. She actively works in standardization bodies, such as IEEE LTSC, US Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative, and ISO, and is CEN WS-LT LTSO expert. She is associated editor of IEEE publications, Member of the Advisory Board of the Knowledge Management and E-Learning International Journal as well as the Editorial Board of the Global Chinese Society for Computers in Education. In addition, she assists various governmental and industrial research and development funding organizations Europe-wide, and in the US, as an expert. Dr. Klett is IEEE Fellow.

Pierre De Villiers

Managing Director & Founder: African Online Scientific Information Systems - AOSIS (PTY) LTD, South Africa

Keynote Title: Scholarly Open Access Publishing – Are We Making An Impact?
It is almost 2 decades since serious open access scholarly publishing began. Thousands of open access journals (golden route) flourish and likewise many institutions have started repositories (green route). Open access has become “mainstream” and is no longer regarded as a fringe movement driven by a group of enthusiasts. But the question is whether open access is making a difference, whether it is making an impact at various levels. This talk will attempt to look at the progress of open access over the last 2 decades and some evidence of impact.

A physician by training, Pierre de Villiers became professor of Family Medicine and Primary Care at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. After completing a doctorate in Community Health he then followed an academic career for 20 years. Emanating from his experience as journal editor he founded a company in 1999, which would become AOSIS, the first open access publisher in Southern Africa. AOSIS changed the scholarly publishing scene in Southern Africa and brought many technological advances to scholarly publishing in this part of the world, including opening research for continuing professional development through e-learning.




Final Extension

Regular paper submission deadline:

September 19th, 2014 August 24th, 2014 August 3rd, 2014

WIP paper submission deadline:

September 19th, 2014 August 24th, 2014 August 3rd, 2014

Abstracts Submission Deadline:

September 19th, 2014 August 24th, 2014 August 3rd, 2014

Author notification:

September 30th, 2014

Final Manuscript due:

October 20th, 2014

Registration due:

October 31st, 2014

Conference Dates:

November 25th -27th, 2014