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Dr Peter Norvig
Director of Research, Google
Peter Norvig is the Director of Research at Google Inc, where he has been since 2001. From 2002-2005 he was Director of Search Quality. He is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the Association for Computing Machinery and co-author of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, the leading textbook in the field (with 94% market share). Previously he was the head of the Computational Sciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center , where he received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Award in 2001. He has served as an assistant professor at the University of Southern California and a research faculty member at the University of California at Berkeley Computer Science Department, from which he received a Ph.D. in 1986 and the distinguished alumni award in 2006.
He has over fifty publications in Computer Science, concentrating on Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing and Software Engineering. He is also the author of the Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation and the world's longest palindromic sentence.
'Learning in an Open World'
Dr Michelle Selinger
Education Strategist, Cisco Systems
Dr Michelle Selinger joined Cisco in 2001 where she is currently the Global Education Strategist for Corporate Affairs as well as an adviser for technology in education across the company. She has worked with a number of governments through Cisco's social investment programmes in education and also running visioning workshops on the future of technology-enabled education. She has a strong background in education and immediately prior to joining Cisco she was the director of a research centre for new technology in education at the University of Warwick.
Michelle is Chair of the Academic Advisory Board for the World Economic Forum's Global Education Initiative. She sat on the steering group for the European Commission's e-learning conference in 2005 and was a member of the advisory group for e-Europe 2005 which informed the European Commission's i2010 initiative. She has led a number of evaluation projects on technology-enabled learning and has published widely on many aspects of ICT in education.
'You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps'
Deputy Director, Institute of Education
Dylan Wiliam is Deputy Director of the Institute of Education,University of London. In a varied career, he has taught in inner-city schools, directed a large-scale testing programme, trained teachers,served a number of roles in university administration, including Dean of a School of Education, and pursued several research projects focused on supporting teachers to develop their use of assessment in support of learning. From 2003 to 2006 he was Senior Research Director at the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ, USA.
'Assessment, learning and technology: prospects at the periphery of
There will also be a welcoming keynote from Professor Alan Dodson - Pro-Vice Chancellor responsible for information systems and e-learning at the University of Nottingham.
Dr. Hans-Peter Baumeister
Director of the ESB-Research Institute; Lecturer in International Studies at the European School of Business, Reutlingen University.
Theme: Learning and internationalism
Hans-Peter researches in the field of innovation for knowledge societies and regional clustering processes ("learning regions") with particular emphasis on the role of universities.He has extensive knowledge of developments in distance education, e-learning and methodologies, as well as the major fields of application and organisation. He has experience in trans-national joint course development as well as implementation in single and mixed mode institutions, and works on the design of virtual teaching/learning environments and the running of international e-learning programmes.
Hans-Peter lectures on European Integration, European Identity and Globalisation. He analyses various R&D/educational systems and also conducts a range of professional training programmes. In 1994 and 1996 he worked with members of the Chinese National Audit Office (CNAO), evaluating their learning video production, and assisted European experts in Higher Education between 1998 and 2001. He co-ordinated the evaluation of the EU-Phare Multi-Country Programme in Distance Education between 1999 and 2001, and is also an EU expert for Technology Enhanced Learning (5th, 6th and 7th Framework Programme).
Manager, JISC Regional Support Centre for Yorkshire and Humber, University of Leeds
Theme: Learning technology for the social network generation
Marion joined the University of Leeds in 2002 to manage the JISC Regional Support Centre for Yorkshire and Humber. The centre provides e-learning strategy and implementation support to 6th Form, further education, specialist and higher education colleges; work-based learning providers; and local authorities in the region. The centre is well known for its innovative approaches and their challenging summer conferences which make full use of new and emerging technologies.
Originally a mathematics teacher in a comprehensive school, Marion studied for an MSc in Computing at University of Bradford part time after moving into Further Education to lecture in computing at Dewsbury College. In 2002 Marion received a Becta National ICT in Practice award for 'Management of ICT in FE' and has presented at a number of National and Regional Conferences. Marion is a member of the National Delivery Group for the DfES Harnessing Technology e-strategy.
Dr Frank Rennie
Head of Research and Post Graduate Development at Lews
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