ECEL Biographies

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

Conference and Programme Chairs

Associate Professor Sarah Jane Johnston is a mathematician with research interests in Orthogonal Polynomials and Special Functions.  She joined the University of South Africa (Unisa) in 2012 as an Associate Professor after studying and working at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and the University of Central Florida in the USA.  She became the Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Unisa for four years and is now the Head of the office for Research and Graduate Studies for the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Unisa.  She is an active member of the South African Mathematical Society (SAMS), is also a HELTSA TAU Fellow and a member of the Universities South Africa (USAf) Community of Practice for Postgraduate Education and Scholarship (CoP PGES).

Associate Professor C Shawren Singh PhD, School of Computing at the University of South Africa has spent more than 20 years teaching and researching in the Information Systems space. In 2014 he obtained his PhD, based on research into eGovernment in South Africa, from the University of the Witwatersrand. His current research has focused on digital scholarship and e-Government, his research has been published internationally and he has presented papers at several conferences.  He is currently supervising several post-graduate candidates and he is the Chair of Information Systems department in the School of Computing at the University of South Africa.onference Co-Chairs

Keynote Speakers

Mini Track Chairs

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.

Dr Xiangping Du is a principal lecturer in Business Analytics and Systems and Deputy Associate Dean Postgraduate Student Experience at Hertfordshire Business School, University of Hertfordshire, UK. She received her PhD in education in 2005. Her current research focuses on learning and teaching pedagogy and student learning experience in higher education.

Dr Patricia M Gouws (PhD Information Systems) is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing (Department of Information Systems) at the University of South Africa.  She has spent more that 20 years teaching and research programming.  She is also the project leader for the Inspired towards Science, Engineering and Technology (I-SET) robotics project.  The I-SET engaged scholarship flagship project has been using robotics to inspire science since 2009.  The project is part of the Unisa Science Engagement Centre (USEC), a national accredited science center of South Africa, of which Dr Patricia M Gouws is the Director.

Dr Joanna Rosak-Szyrocka, is a Lecturer at Częstochowa University of Technology in Poland, the Vice President of the Qualitas Foundation and a member of the Polish ISO 9000 Forum Club. Joanna has author/co-authored  221 scientific publications in prestigious journals, chapters in monographs and conference materials as well as co-authoring 20 scientific monographs. She has been a participant of the Erasmus + international exchange, during which she conducted a series of international lectures in England, Slovenia, Slovakia and Italy.

Dr Justyna Żywiołek is a doctor of engineering at the Faculty of Management of the Częstochowa University of Technology. She deals with the management of information and knowledge, and their security. Justyna is also a personal data protection inspector and an auditor of the ISO 27000 standard. She interested in the use of Big Data, Internet of Things for security management systems. She is guest editor of many international magazines. Justyna is the co-author of over 150 publications, including articles published in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, conference materials, and research reports.

Workshop Facilitators