ECEL Biographies

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

Conference and Programme Chairs

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carsten Busch studied computer science at TU Berlin. In his doctorate he investigated metaphors in computer science. In 1995 he took up a position as a research assistant and university planner at the Universität der Künste Berlin. Carsten Busch has lectured at many universities, including as a visiting professor in Poznan and Moscow. From 2002 to 2019 he was also a Managing Partner of the Institut für Marken und Medien (Institute of Brands and Media). In 2006 Carsten Busch was appointed as a professor for the International Media and Computing study programme at HTW Berlin, where he also took over as the Director of the Creative Media research group. He has been the President of HTW Berlin since April 2019. https://www.htw-berlin.de/hochschule/personen/person/?eid=3030  

Prof. Dr. Tilo Wendler studied mathematics and physics as well as computer science and did his doctorate in the field of applied statistics. From 1997 to 2012 he worked in the banking and information technology sector. In 2013 Tilo Wendler was appointed as a professor for quantitative methods at HTW Berlin. From 2015 to 2019 he held the position of Vice-Dean and Dean of the HTW Berlin Business School. Since April 2019, Tilo Wendler has been the Vice-President for Studies, Teaching and International Affairs. https://www.htw-berlin.de/hochschule/personen/person/?eid=8865

Martin Steinicke is a researcher in professor Carsten Busch´s R&D group Creative Media at the University of Applied Sciences HTW Berlin. He works in the application centre „creative Applied Interactive Technologies“ to support SMEs in tackling the challenges of the digitization as well as the opening up of new markets and technologies. Furthermore, he primarily does research on the application of game concepts (Gamification) and technologies (APITs) as well as their synthesis in digital game-based learning (DGBL). In his courses “Game & Interaction Design” and “Digital Game-based Learning” Martin guides his students on their epic quest to create digital (learning) games and interventions. https://www.htw-berlin.de/hochschule/personen/person/?eid=4407

Since 2011 Regina Friess is Professor for Media Conception at the Digital Media Department of the University of Furtwangen, Germany. Before she was Lecturer for interactive media at the University of Arts in Berlin. She worked as graphic designer, 3D-modeler and as concept developer since 1993. Her academic interest focusses on the reflection and design of interactive narration in audiovisual media.

Keynote Speakers

Dan Remenyi has been a Visiting Professor specialising in research methodology at seven universities in four countries over the past 20 years. He continues to write, teach and research in both research methodology and the sociology of research. He conducts seminars on topics related to improving effective academic research and obtaining better research results. One of his areas of specialism is qualitative research and how it may be enhanced using a Grounded Theory approach. He is on the editorial board of a number of academic journals. He is also on the executive committees of several European and International conferences. His research has been published in some 50 peer reviewed papers and he has had some 30 text books published. Some of his books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Romanian. He holds a B Soc Sc, MBA and PhD.

Shawren Singh PhD, is an associate professor 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. 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 in the School of Computing at the University of South Africa

Mini Track Chairs

Prof. Dr. Abbas Fadhil Aljuboori is working currently at the University of Information Technology and Communications, College of Engineering, Baghdad, Iraq 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 UoITC, 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 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’ experience working in the public sector, 2 years of tutoring experience and 3 years of lecturing experience. 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.

Prof Dr Asmaâ Retbi is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science, Mohammadia School of Engineers (EMI), Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco. She is also a member of the RIME "Networking, Modeling and e-Learning" research Team since 2010. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from EMI, Mohammed V University, and Computer science engineering degree from Institut National des Postes et Télécommunications, Rabat, Morocco. Her main research areas are related to technology-enhanced learning like social learning, game-based learning, recommender systems in eLearning, mobile serious game modeling.

Dr Eleni Rossiou is Principal in Experimental School of the Aristotle University, Greece and teaches Computer Science. She is certified teachers’ trainer, reviewer in international journals and conferences Proceedings and member of scientific Associations. She has authored and co-authored various papers in International and European conferences and journals; Her research focuses in blended learning, game‐based learning in all levels of Education and educational leadership.

Dr Sheryl Williams is a renewable energy specialist, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an award-winning Distance Learning Manager. Her Doctorate in Electronic & Electrical Engineering focussed on the performance of photovoltaic devices and she has participated in the EU funded IP PERFORMANCE PV and PVCAtapult WP9: PV performance prediction. Sheryl leads flexible and distance learning programme in Wolfson School. She won the 2015 eLearning Excellence Award at the 14th European Conference on eLearning for the Photovoltaic Remote Laboratory. She pioneered innovative use of ICTs in MSc in Renewable Energy System Technology via distance Learning; and mentored and trained staff.

Workshop Facilitators

Stefano Perna has a PhD in Information and Communication Design, conducted research at intersections of design, new media and humanities at University of Salerno, taught New Technologies for Art at the Academy of Fine Arts of Naples. He is a faculty member of the Apple Developer Academy at University of Naples Federico II.


Moritz Philip Recke studied Media Technology and Next Media at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, conducted entrepreneurship policy research at UNSW Business School in Sydney and focused on entrepreneurial ecosystems, public policy discourse and sociotechnical imaginaries for his PhD. He is a faculty member of the Apple Developer Academy at University of Naples Federico II.