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Keynote Speakers of IC4E 2021

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Prof. Sorel Reisman

2011 IEEE Computer Society President

2018 Richard E. Merwin Award for Distinguished Service

California State University Fullerton, USA

Sorel Reisman is Professor Emeritus of Information Systems at California State University Fullerton, President Emeritus of the IEEE Computer Society, an IEEE Computer Society Merwin Medal Awardee, recipient of the MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Online Learning ) Distinguished Service Award, and a Fulbright Specialist on Open Educational Resources (OER). He is the founding member and Advisory Board Chair of IEEE ITPro magazine, serves on the IEEE Publications, Services, and Products Board (PSPB), the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) Strategic Planning Committee, past member of the IEEE Education Activities Board (EAB), is a member of the IEEE Future of Conference IP Committee, and the IEEE digital library, Xplore Platform Guidance Group. Sorel served for 15 years as managing director and system architect of the California State University Chancellors Office MERLOT project, and in his emeritus position now serves as MERLOT International Relations Advisor.  Reisman¡¯s research activities focus on eLearning technology systems and methodologies, His current activities include: i) creation of the two IEEE-endorsed OER portals in Computer Science (https://tinyurl.com/IEEE-CSc), and Information Technology (https://tinyurl.com/IEEE-IS); ii) development of IEEE Education Society¡¯s 2020 "Teaching with Technology Resource Center" addressing pandemic teaching issues (https://tinyurl.com/IEEE-Pandemic-Resources); iii) Standing Committee Chair of the IEEE Computer Society signature, Computers, Software, and Applications Conference (COMPSAC) and; iv) three recent or soon-to-be published articles concerning social and management issues concerning eLearning systems/methodologies, and pandemic-related conference management challenges. In addition to his two books and more than 200 papers and presentations, Reisman can be found during this pandemic quarantining/masked time on the tennis court, riding his bicycle along the Southern California ocean front, Zooming with his 5 grandchildren (and their parents, if necessary), reading, and watching streaming video. Reisman received his BASc, MA, and PhD from the University of Toronto.

Topic: Systematizing Development of Technology Enhanced Instruction

Abstract: As David R. Evans noted in The Chronicle for Higher Education (¡°The R1 Paradigm and the Job Search,¡± 20 June 2008), ¡°For a long time now, the worldview that dominates at research universities ¡­ has also dominated the rest of higher education. High research productivity, relatively low emphasis on teaching (italics mine), and indifference to, if not disdain for, service activities are large parts of that worldview.¡± This ¡°worldview¡± is unfortunate because university research and researchers would not exist were it not for the preexistence of teaching and learning, certainly at the undergraduate and graduate levels, if not earlier. Good researchers are not born; they are taught, usually by good teachers. To be a good teacher one must deploy methodologies and tools that effectively prepare students for the workplaces of the future - including the world of research (and even teaching). To be a good teacher during trying times such as these, to completely change, in a matter of days or weeks, teaching practices that have become comfortable over the years, requires incredible commitment as well as adherence to practices proven effective by other good teachers.
In the 21st Century, many instructional methodologies and tools that have proven effective over the years, have been technology related. More specifically, technology has been shown to be useful to i) enhance instructional design/delivery processes, and/or ii) facilitate selection/creation of instructional content. In both cases, formal methods such as those defined by the principles and practices of systems engineering can provide guidance for those wishing to become ¡°good teachers.¡±
This presentation will explain the relationship of the phases of the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) to the development and delivery of technology-enhanced instruction. In addition, it will discuss content ¡°make vs buy¡± decisions integral to deployment of the instruction. The session will include topics of ¡°fee vs free¡± content and the use of Open Education Resources (OER), with the example of MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for online Teaching: www.merlot.org), illustrating how to find, build, and share OER content.
The discussion will highlight the MERLOT Information Technology and Computer Science online OER community portals. These were developed to support IEEE Computer Society- (CS) and the Association for Computing Machinery-backed (ACM) Computing Sciences Accreditation Board (CSAB) recommended curricular guidelines. Other examples will illustrate integration of MERLOT in the IEEE Education Society¡¯s and IEEE CS¡¯s Society¡¯s websites, and the integration of the Computer Society Digital Library (CSDL) in MERLOT¡¯s OER library search portfolio.

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Prof. Marek Ogiela

SPIE Lifetime Fellow, IET Fellow

AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland

Pedagogical University, Krakow, Poland

Professor of Computer Science and Cryptography. Head of Cryptography and Cognitive Informatics Laboratory.
He works at the AGH University of Science and Technology and Pedagogical University in Krakow.
In 1992 graduated from the Mathematics and Physics Department at Jagiellonian University. In 1996 for his honors doctoral thesis on syntactic methods of pattern recognition he was awarded the Ph.D. in Control Engineering and Robotics at AGH University of Science and Technology.
In 2001 he was awarded the title of Doctor Habilitated in Computer Science for his research on medical image analysis and understanding. In 2005 he received a professor title in technical sciences.
Member of numerous world scientific associations: SPIE Lifetime Fellow, IET Fellow, IEEE Senior Member, member of OSA, Cognitive Science Society, SIIM, as well as member of Interdisciplinary Scientific Committee of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (in years 2003-2011).
Author of more than 450 scientific international publications on pattern recognition, image understanding, artificial intelligence, IT systems and biocybernetics. Author of recognized monographs in the field of cryptography and IT techniques; author of an innovative approach to cognitive medical image analysis, and linguistic threshold schemes.
For his achievements in these fields he was awarded many prestigious scientific honors, including Prof. Takli¨½ski´s award (three times) and the first winner of Prof. Engel`s award. He is an Associate Editor and member of Editorial Boards of several international scientific journals.

Topic: Application of Cognitive Solutions in Modern Cryptography

Abstract: Advanced information systems and security protocols are developing rapidly due to the application of the latest achievements in cognitive informatics, and biologically-inspired computational approaches. There is no doubt that such personally oriented security technologies will become more important in the future, as a result of the very dynamic development of new generation information systems dedicated for ubiquitous and transformative computing, and security solutions.
During this presentation will be described new opportunities for developing innovative solutions for security and cryptography, which can use cognitive abilities, behavioral patterns, and bio-inspired approaches. Such techniques can be applied for evaluation of the meaning of encrypted information, and involved it into the personally oriented encryption process.

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Prof. Kuan-Chou Chen
Purdue University Northwest, USA

Kuan-Chou Chen is the Associate Dean for Graduate Program and Research, Thomas M. McDermott Sr. Endowed Chair, Professor in Economic Development, Professor of Management Information Systems. He was the Department Head of Information Systems, Finance, and Business Analytics (2005-2016), as well as Interim Department Head of Department of Graduate Studies in Education (2013-2014) at Purdue University Northwest. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and his MBA from National Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan. He specialized in computer programming, system simulation, project management, decision support systems, data mining, system analysis and design, e-business strategy and application, supply chain management, network design and security, knowledge management, and information economy. Professor Chen has more than 90 scholarly publications, most in peer-reviewed journals. He is an active participant in several professional journals and serves on three paper reviewer boards. Currently he is an Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of e-Education, e-Business, e-Management and e-Learning. His productivity and scholarship have been recognized by his colleagues, being nominated three years in a row for an ¡°Outstanding Scholar Award.¡± He also the recipient of Teacher of the Year Award (Purdue University Northwest, 2005).

Topic: Strategically Integrating Experiential Learning into the Online Course by Using Case Writing Approach

Abstract: Based on the definition from National Commission on Service-Learning: ¡°Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.¡± Service-learning enables colleges and universities to meet their goals for student learning and development while making unique contributions to addressing community, national, and global needs. Both college students and the communities they serve stand to reap substantial benefits from engaging in service-learning.
The intention of service learning is to equally benefit the provider and the recipient of the service. It also focuses on both the service being provided and the learning that is occurring. However, in the wake of the pandemic, COVID-19, the rapid transition of moving courses online has left many students feeling isolated and insecure, and it has put the service-learning course hard to implement. By using components of case writing approach in online courses, It is the unique opportunity to build community in a new way and create spaces online for all students to come together and support profound learning by promoting student engagement and real-world experience. 
In this presentation, an online case writing approach will be demonstrated. Case writing requires a deeper understanding of the various elements of the case and how they link together than can be attained through more traditional case analysis. The information collecting process, the engagement with a community partner and the diagnosis of real-world projects make the learning experiential and service-oriented. Such learning experiences have a far more beneficial effect than rote learning-based assessment items or situations where students do not actively engage with the material. The benefit of the case writing project to the community partner will assist them to diagnose their on-going project, scenario analysis, and engagement with perspective students.

Prof. Yongsheng Ma
University of Alberta, Canada

Dr. Yongsheng Ma joined the faculty of engineering, University of Alberta in 2007, and has been a full professor since 2013. Dr. Ma is a member of ASEE, SME, SPE and an Alberta registered Professional Engineer. He teaches Capstone Design Projects, Engineering Informatics, Engineering Economics and Manufacturing Processes. His main research areas include e-Manufacturing, feature-based design and manufacturing modeling, CADCAM, ERP process modeling and product lifecycle management. Dr. Ma received his B.Eng. from Tsinghua University, Beijing (1986), both M.Sc. (1990) and Ph.D. (1994) from UMIST, UK. In 2000-2007, he was a faculty with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dr. Ma publishes actively in top international journals and conferences, especially in the field of Semantic Modeling for Product and Process Engineering. Dr. Ma had been an associate editor of IEEE Transaction of Automation Science and Engineering (2009-2013). Since 2012, he has served as an editor of Advanced Engineering Informatics. Due to his fruitful collaboration with a Canadian manufacturer, in 2012, he won the prestigious ASTech award sponsored by Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Foundation. Dr. Ma started his career as a polytechnic lecturer in Singapore (1993); and then a senior research fellow and group manager (1996-2000) at Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology. Dr. Ma also served in department selection committee (2012), faculty nominating (2009-2011) and evaluation committees (2011). Dr. Ma had been a member of General Faculty Council (GFC) and a university senator from July, 2013 to July, 2016. 

Topic: e-Engineering Management: Trends, Challenges and Technologies

Abstract: This presentation is about e-engineering management from an angle of informatics. Network based resources collaboration is becoming an essential business strategy in critical global projects. Keeping the industrial competitiveness depends on the emerging technologies over the high speed internet, especially the cyber physics systems, big-data intelligence, and deep-collaboration in ever more integrated and yet conflicting environment. Systematic review of modern technologies in e-engineering management is presented. The contents will generate meaningful discussion about business and education changes in the coming years.