Researchers’ Profiles

Researchers’  Profiles

Dietrich Albert (TUG) graduated from the University of Göttingen (Germany) with a degree in psychology. He received his Dr.rer.nat. and his postdoctoral degree (Habilitation in Psychology) from the University of Marburg/Lahn (Germany). He was Professor of general experimental psychology at the University of Heidelberg (Germany). Currently he is professor of psychology at University of Graz, senior scientist at TUG, and key researcher at the Know-Centre. His research topics cover several areas in experimental and cognitive psychology; his actual research focus is on knowledge and competence structures, their applications, and empirical research, and their integration with theories of motivation and emotion. He is (co-) editor of two books on knowledge structures (Springer Verlag & Lawrence Erlbaum Ass.). Currently he is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Centre for Psychological Information and Documentation (ZPID), Germany, and a member of several scientific advisory boards.

Barbara Blair (Uni Research) is a lecturer in English at Bergen University College and a consultant to the group developing the Norwegian National Tests of English. Blair has published on language assessment and assessment of writing. Blair has Masters degrees in rural social development, anthropology and English and is currently a part-time PhD student.

Dr. Susan Bull (Univ. of Birmingham) received her PhD in Artificial Intelligence in Education from the University of Edinburgh in 1997. She is now a lecturer in Adaptive Learning Environments and User Modelling at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She leads the School’s research in educational technologies, with the major focus on open learner models to facilitate learning and to promote learner independence. She is currently primary supervisor for four research students working on various aspects of open learner modelling, with a further two having received their PhD in open learner modelling in the summer of 2009. Current research interests include the investigation of open learner models in schools and with trainee teachers; negotiated learner models; open learner models in language learning, chemistry and programming; deployment of open learner models, including uptake by students and instructors; and general issues of user trust and privacy in environments with open learner models. Susan Bull is on the Executive Committee of the International Artificial Intelligence in Education Society, and co-ordinates the informal Learner Modelling for Reflection (LeMoRE) group of researchers, which has over 70 members from 18 countries. She is currently Publicity Chair for the 2010 international Intelligent Tutoring Systems conference. She recently completed a work as PI on integrating an open learner model across degree courses (The UK-SpecIAL Project), funded by the UK Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre. Her research with the OLMlets open learner model (2005 onwards) has been supported and funded internally by the School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering, with contributions from the Centre for Learning, Innovation and Collaboration (University of Birmingham). Bull has over 100 academic publications.

Michele Dicerto (eXact) has a degree in Computer Science. He is currently chief architect of eXact learning, R&D department. He has been working on many internal and EC co-funded Projects (e.g., SCULPTEUR, ARTISTE, EPICC, I-MASS, WEBKIT, TENCOMPETENCE, PROLIX) as software developer and computer analyst. He has experience on .NET (ASP.NET), SUN, Web3D technologies (VRML and X3D) and e-learning specifications (IMS CP, IMS METADATA, IMS LIP, IMS ePortfolio, ADL SCORM, OKI OSID).

Nobuko Fujita is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Applied ICT (CAICT) of the Copenhagen Business School. Her doctoral research at the University of Toronto examined group processes supporting knowledge building discourse in e-learning environments, in particular how designs of technology can scaffold student learning. Dr. Fujita’s research interests focus on design-based research, constructivist learning theories, computer-supported collaborative learning, and assessment in technology enhanced learning. She serves on the editorial board of Qwerty, journal of technology and culture, and is a reviewer for the American Educational Research Association, International Society of the Learning Sciences, Discourse Processes, and Journal of Educational Computing Research.

Katharina Gieler has been working for MTO as a project manager since 2006. She completed her degree in adult education at the University of Tuebingen in 2004. At MTO she is responsible for quality management and evaluation in schools and works as a trainer and consultant in schools regarding different topics. She is adept of occupational orientation in schools and was mainly involved in the writing of a guideline about quality centered occupational orientation in schools (“Leitfaden Berufsorientierung: Praxishandbuch zur qualitätszentrierten Berufs- und Studienorientierung an Schulen”).

Fabrizio Giorgini (eXact) has taken a PhD in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science in 2001. He joined eXact learning solutions (former Giunti Labs) in 2000 as Project Manager. At the present time he is the Head of the R&D where main researches focus on multimedia publishing, authoring and visualization 3D and advanced technology (RFID, mobile, wearable computer) and standards for e-learning. He is also contributing member of IMS Global Learning Consortium. He has participated, as Project Manager, to several national and European projects (e.g. TARGET HC, CEMUVIS AVS-TTN, STRETCH Esprit, ARTISTE IST, JUST IST, I-MASS IST, ARCO IST, Polymnia IST, EPICC Edu-learn, LUISA IST, PROLIX IST). Giorgini was also the Project Coordinator of the IST project SCULPTEUR. He is currently involved, as EC Project Manager, in the Protage and EU4ALL ICT projects. He is author or co-author of numerous papers in international conference proceedings and journals.

Karsten Hammer (MTO) is manager of the business unit “Organizational Development and Education Management” at has been working for MTO since 2001. In 2004 he completed his degree in psychology at the University of Tuebingen. He is in charge of different projects in collaboration with companies, public sector institutions and foundations. His main areas of responsibility are organizational development, personnel diagnostics, school development, evaluation in school and the scientific support of projects in the educational sector. In many of these projects he is responsible for the management and networking with schools and school board members.

Wolfgang Halb (Joanneum Research) is a Key Researcher for the area “Semantic Technologies and Linked Data” at JRS and holds a master degree in “Software Development-Economy” from the Graz University of Technology. He actively contributes to a range of projects related to large distributed (user generated) data sources, Web-based application interfaces, and Web services. He also has experience in technology-enhanced learning environments and participates in W3C working and incubator groups.

Michael Kickmeier-Rust (TUG) has a degree in psychology from the University of Graz, Austria. Since 2001 he is with CSS (at the University of Graz). He is experienced in game-based learning, adaptive educational technologies, and knowledge representation as well as in software development and competence assessment. In addition, he is experienced in conducting and managing (research) projects. He is member of the Styrian Society of Psychology, the ACM and its SIGCHI, and he is chair of the Austrian Aviation Psychology Association. Until September 2010, Michael is the coordinator of the successful project 80Days, focussing on digital game-based learning.

Harald Mayer, head of the Institute’s intelligent information systems group, has strong expertise in web-based information systems and multimedia technologies. Since 1990, Harald Mayer works as a research engineer and project manager at JOANNEUM RESEARCH, Institute of Information Systems. Harald Mayer has more than 10 years experience in project management and is currently also responsible administrative coordinator of a major EC technology-enhanced learning project (APOSDLE). He was working for the EC as expert to evaluate proposals and review projects. He published about 25 papers within his research areas.

Klaus Hammermüller (Talkademy) has 7 years of working experience in new media projects including Web, Streaming Media and 3D world technologies with IBM and an additional 10 years of working experience as University lecturer, IT Instructor and Coach. He initiated the TALKADEMY project in 2005.

Friedrich W. Hesse is Director of KMRC and holds the chair for Applied Cognitive Psychology and Media Psychology at the University of Tuebingen, Germany. He earned his doctorate in Psychology at the RWTH Aachen (Dr. phil.,) in 1979, and qualified as a University lecturer at the University of Goettingen (Dr. rer. nat. habil.) in 1988/89. Friedrich W. Hesse is head of various research and development initiatives, such as the WissenschaftsCampus Tuebingen “Human Development, Learning, and Education in Informational Environments”. Besides, Prof. Hesse has been member of numerous international committees and is chief editor of The International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (ijCSCL).

Eva Hillemann is currently researcher at the Graz University of Technology, at the Knowledge Management Institute. In 2011 she will graduate from the University of Graz, Austria with a degree in psychology. From 2008 to 2011 she worked as a research assistant in the Department of Psychology at the University of Graz. Her work at the Department of Psychology was related to the evaluation of technology-enhanced learning and game-based learning. Furthermore she is also experienced in knowledge representation and competence assessment.

Prof. Carey Jewitt is Professor of Learning and technology at the IOE. His work is concerned with how visual and multimodal technologies are used in teaching and learning, particularly how these effect people’s practices and curriculum knowledge. Carey is currently PI on the Learning Platforms Project (BECTA), and leads the IOE team on the evaluation of the Home Access Program (BECTA), she is CI on the ESRC funded Research Development Initiative – Ethnography, Language and Communication, and a consultant on the Multimodal English wireless Lap-top Project (MOE, Singapore). She is editor of the journal Visual Communication and a member of several journal editorial boards and conference programme committees. She has authored and edited a number of books, most recently The Routledge Handbook of Multimodal Analysis, and has numerous peer-reviewed publications.

Mr. Michal Kossowski (BOC-PL)joined BOC in 2003 and is currently working as a senior consultant. Since 2005 he was involved in various EU-projects, including FP6 projects: LD-CAST, Brein, ECFUN and FP7 project plugIT. He specialises in the business process management projects as well as quality management with Six Sigma. He has expertise in developing project and customer specific modelling methods.

Prof. Rosemary Luckin is Professor of Learner Centred Design at the IOE, visiting professor at Sussex in Informatics and an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow. Her work relies upon participatory methods and is concerned with the Learner Centred Design (LCD) of educational computing technology, particularly ways in which technology can scaffold learning. Prof. Luckin is currently CI on the ESRC-funded Towards making Grid-enabled schools e-Science usable for teachers project; CI on E-Goals: Exploring a goal-oriented approach to learner and metacognitive software scaffolding funded by EPSRC; PI on the EPSRC VESEL (Village e-Science for Life) project and PI on an EPSRC Platform Grant at Sussex. Prof. Luckin is a member of several journal editorial boards and conference programme committees, has numerous peer-reviewed publications, is a non-executive director of BECTA and a member of the Advisory Board of the Technology Enhanced Learning Programme.

Gerhilde Meissl Egghart (Talkadamy) has 10 years of professional experience in software engineering, project management, quality management and training. Her special interest is education and how it can be supported using internet- and computer technology. She has a degree in computer science from the Technical University of Vienna, is a Certified Quality Manager of TÜV Akademie Österreich and received training in Montessori pedagogics at the “Institut für aktives Lernen”, Vienna. She is co-founder and managing director of TALKADEMY.

Mr. Zbigniew Misiak (BOC-PL) is a senior consultant at BOC-PL. He holds MSc in knowledge management and specialises in meta-modelling. He was involved in FP6 projects LD-CAST and Brein.

Eli Moe (Uni Research) has a Master’s degree in Second language acquisition and a theoretical/practical background in second language acquisition. For the past 13 years she has been working with teams developing language tests (Norwegian for adult immigrants) and is leading the work of developing national computer-based tests in English for Norwegian school children. She has published within second language acquisition, standard setting and computer-based testing.

Peter Reimann (MTO) is Professor of Education at the University of Sydney, from 2001-2008 was co-director of the CoCo research centre, and is being hired as a senior researcher at MTO. His primary research has been on educational computing, multimedia- and knowledge-based learning environments, and development of evaluation/assessment methods for the effectiveness of computer-based technologies. Reimann has extensive research experience and has been responsible for a number of projects in the areas of instructional psychology (in particular the use of computers in schools and for adult education /training) and cognitive psychology (learning, problem solving). Ample practical experience in the design and evaluation of hypermedia systems, simulation environments and intelligent tutors for teaching and training, in the evaluation of multimedia authoring programmes, in the use of several symbolic programming languages and expert systems development shells. Reimann has been involved in a number of EU-funded R&D projects.

Jürgen Ripper (MTO) is managing shareholder of MTO Psychological Research and Consulting GmbH since 1996. From 1990 to 1996 he was teaching and doing research at the University of Tuebingen in the departments Learning Psychology, Diagnostics, Organizational Development and Statistics. Dr. Ripper graduated from university in 1987 and received his PhD in 1993. Dr. Jürgen Ripper is adept in the fields of educational management, human resource and organizational development, quality management and evaluation at MTO. He has got many years’ experience in working with schools and public authorities and is one of the authors of the manual “Quality Centered School Development”.

Rena Sircar (MTO)   completed her degree in educational science at the University of Tübingen in 2007. Over the years she gathered knowledge and experience at several institutions, such as working in psychiatry, teaching occupational orientation at schools, managing juvenile labor and youth work. Previous work included the project management for training management at an institution for vocational training.

Christopher Teplovs is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Applied ICT of the Copenhagen Business School. His research interests include the visualization of knowledge networks based on automated content analysis of large text corpora, the design of assessment tools and metrics for online teaching and learning systems, and the design of collaboration software to support innovation. He combines his expertise in science education, multivariate statistics, and software design with more than two decades of experience in the use of network-based technology in education to create innovative software for the learning sciences. He is an expert in the use of latent semantic analysis for assessment of online discourse and in the creation of highly interactive network visualization tools.

Wilfrid Utz (BOC AUSTRIA) is working for EU-Projects since September 2004. He holds a MSc in business and gained experience in the field of method development and Web-Application development. He was and is involved in FP6 projects EC-Fun, FIT and in Akogrimo as well as in the FP7 projects plugIT and MOST. Besides these projects he gained experience in commercial projects.

Ravi Vatrapu is currently an Assistant Professor at the Center for Applied ICT (CAICT) of the Copenhagen Business School. Vatrapu graduated with a PhD from the University of Hawaii at Manoa under the supervision of Prof. Daniel Suthers and has bachelor and master degrees in computer science. Dr. Vatrapu’s research interests are in computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL) computer supported intercultural collaboration (CSIC), comparative informatics, e-politics and human computer interaction in extreme environments. Specifically, Vatrapu’s research investigates how students from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds appropriate technologies and relate to each other in technology enhanced learning settings. Currently, Dr. Vatrapu is serving as the General Co-Chair for the 3rd Association for Computing Machinery’s International Conference on Intercultural Collaboration (ICIC 2010) and as the Technology Chair for the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS).

Barbara Wasson (Uni Research) is full Professor at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen and from its inception in January 2001 (minus 2 years) she has been scientific leader of the research group InterMedia. Wasson is one of the founders of the Kaleidoscope NoE and has lead UiB’s/Unifobs participation in EU 5th & 6th framework projects Adapt-It, SEUSISS, E-LEN, E-Culture Net and IDEELS and 7th framework IP SCY. She has lead several large Norwegian projects such as TRANSFORM, DoCTA and Collogatories. In 2003 Wasson obtained the contract for InterMedia to develop the IT-based National test system for English for the Norwegian Ministry of Education (BITE-IT project). She is associate editor of the International Journal of Computer Support for Collaborative Learning, and on the Editorial Board of Technology Enhanced Learning (Sense) and The Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy. She has more than 70 publications on IT and learning.

Robert Woitsch (BOC-AUSTRIA) is responsible for the management of EU-Projects since 2000. He finished his PhD thesis in the field of knowledge management introducing the idea of modelling the semantics of knowledge services. He was and is involved in FP5 projects PROMOTE, Attract, and EKMF as well as in FP6 projects Akogrimo, EC-Fun, FIT, LD-Cast, AsIsKnown and Brein, in the FP7 projects MATURE and MOST and is coordinator of the FP7 project plugIT. Besides these projects he gained experience in commercial projects.