ECEL Biographies

Below are the ECEL Biographies of the Conference and Programme Chairs, Key Note Speakers and Mini-Track Chairs.

Conference and Programme Chairs

Dr Panagiotis Fotaris is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for BSc Digital Games Development and BSc Computer Science for Games at the University of Brighton. He has previously held posts at the University of East London, University of West London, King’s College London, and Abertay University. Before entering academia, he spent a decade in the Creative Industries in a variety of roles including mashup artist, radio producer, DJ, graphic designer, web developer, and music journalist. When not playing adventure games, Panagiotis focuses his research on the pedagogical potential of escape rooms, games, and immersive technology in the context of computing and design education.

Dr Andrew Blake is the Programme leader of the University of Brighton's MSc UXD. Primarily, this course equips students with the practical skills to work as effective UXD practitioners within the interactive / digital industries. Further, students are encouraged to critically reflect upon and question the effectiveness of contemporary thinking that underpins UXD best practice. His interest in e-learning focuses on the efficacy of information presented to learners. His current projects of interest include work with Jadavpur University, Kolkata, explore the cognitive implications of learners when presented with information, which considers learners being located on a spectrum. At one end of the spectrum there are textual / verbal learners and at the other end of the spectrum there are visual learners. As well as a project with colleagues at Cambridge University, he has recently concluded a project entitled ‘Accessible Reasoning with Diagrams’; the project is funded by The Leverhulme Trust

Keynote Speakers

Phil Ashford is an experienced and accredited business adviser with a background in both the private and public sector, specialising in pre-start up business advice for people with additional barriers. Phil has delivered business planning workshops and one to one business start-up coaching for a range of people from disadvantaged backgrounds. He is the former director of the East Sussex Gateway, a Business Link service which provides pre start-up support for people with additional barriers. Phil has also taken part in the NEWCEP steering group and the City Skills and Employment Group in Brighton and Hove. He lectures at German universities on mentoring. Phil has a MBA, a Diploma in Performance Coaching, is a Prince 2 Practitioner and a SFEDI Accredited Business Adviser. He is a registered Growth Accelerator coach, PTTLS qualified and Enhanced DBS checked. Phil also volunteers as a mentor for the Brighton Business Community Partnership.

Mini Track Chairs

Prof. Dr. Abbas Fadhil Aljuboori is working currently at IT department, Al Zahra College for Women, Sultanate of Oman as a faculty Staff member. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Dongguk University, South Korea. Fulbright Visiting scholar – University of Central Oklahoma, USA. International Advisory Board Member for CT University in India. He worked as a Vice President for administrative affairs and Head of Smart Cities Center at the University of Information Technology and Communications, Baghdad, Iraq, Researcher and Manager in the Advanced Institute of Convergence Information Technology (AICIT), South Korea, Head of Computer Science Department, University of Kerbala. Vice President of Iraqi Universities Accreditation and Quality Assurance Council for Computer Science and IT. His field of Interest are in Data Mining, Web Applications, Big Data, Data Security, Information Systems and Smart Applications. He is a member of several academic and professional societies. He is an Editor, Committee Member and Reviewer of many eminent International Journals and Conferences worldwide.

Dr Adrian A. Adascalitei is Professor at Technical ”Gh. Asachi” University and at ”Al. I. Cuza” University, Iasi, Romania. His specialist area is Blended STEM Teaching and Learning. He is a certified student teachers’ trainer, reviewer in international journals and conference proceedings and member of scientific associations. He has authored and co-authored various papers in International and European conferences and journals. His research focuses on blended learning, use of virtual laboratories in STEM Education. In 2007 he authored a manual entitled ”Computer-Aided Instruction. E-Pedagogy” (in Romanian: Instruire Asistată de Calculator. Pedagogie Informatică), Polirom Publishing House, Iasi, Romania.

Wilfried Admiraal is full professor of Education and Technology at the Centre for the Study of Professions of Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway. His research interest combines Educational Sciences, Social Psychology and technology, in secondary schools and higher education. He published journal articles on game-based learning, learning with web-based video, the use of annotation tools in collaborative writing and online communication and interaction.

Dr. Ayanda Pamella Deliwe holds a Ph.D. from the University of KwaZulu Natal. Her Ph.D. was on Measuring e-learning systems at higher education institutions. She is an academic at Nelson Mandela University. She has 10 years of experience working in the public sector and 5 years of experience in higher education. She is the coordinator of undergraduate modules and a supervisor to postgraduate students. She is involved in the internal and external examination of MBAs. Dr. Deliwe has published several papers on e-learning in academic journals and conference proceedings. She serves in the school research committee and faculty teaching and learning committee of her university. Her main research interests are e-learning and blended learning and new pedagogies.

Nadira Saab is professor e-Didactics by special appointment at ICLON, Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on e-didactics, technology enhanced education, inclusive education, collaborative learning, assessment and motivation. She studies these subjects as applied to children, adolescents and young adults.

Prof Shawren Singh (PhD), is an associate professor and chair of Department in the School of Computing at the University of South Africa. He has spent more than 20 years teaching and researching in the Information Systems space. His current research has focused on digital scholarship and e-Government.

Workshop Facilitators