Keynote Speakers

Prof. Mario Barajas Frutos, University of Barcelona, Spain

He is a Doctor in Education from the University of Barcelona and Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from San Francisco State University in the USA. He holds degrees in Engineering and in Philosophy and previously taught Mathematics in secondary education. He teaches about Digital Learning Environments, and in the doctoral program ‘Education and Society’ at the Faculty of Education of the University of Barcelona. He is a founder of the new Institute of Educational Research of the same University. He is a member of different Research Committees, Journals and Conferences at an international level. During the last two decades, Dr. Barajas has coordinated and participated in a large number of the European Union funded projects and leads the research group Future Learning (

Prof. Anja Richert, TH Köln - University of Applied Science, Germany

Anja Richert is Professor of Innovation Management at the Faculty of Process Engineering, Energy and Mechanical Systems of the TH Köln - University of Applied Science in Germany. She received her Master (M.A.) and Doctoral Degree in Communication Sciences from the RWTH Aachen University. Before starting her professorship on Innovation Management in Cologne, Dr. Richert held a junior professorship on Agile Management at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the RWTH Aachen University between 2012 and 2018. Her research is focused on Working and Learning in digital Worlds, Social Robotics and data-driven innovation management. She has published more than 90 publications in journals, book chapters and conferences in the field of educational technology, knowledge and innovation management and participated in national (e.g. with German Ministry for Education and Research, German Research Foundation etc.) and European projects (e.g. European Commission’s Minerva & Leonardo programs).
Speech Title: Exercising 4.0 – Virtual and Augmented Reality in Engineering Education
The sweeping digitalization and linkage of almost all processes in the working worlds is a good starting point to sketch the demands for the future development of engineering education. Currently industry undergoes the fourth industrial revolution and shifts to modular production units in the factories of the future. In those factories the efficient manufacturing small batches and individual products can be realized by the highly adaptive co-working of human and technologies (e.g. collaborative assembling etc.). Moreover, on the level of work organization physical reality and virtuality increasingly melt together and international teams collaborate across the globe within immersive virtual socio-technological environments. Those emerging working worlds will demand competencies and skills which we have to research and include at the same time within sustainable engineering curricula. Virtual and augmented reality can be a solution space for this and foster research-oriented teaching and learning processes. The keynote presents two examples for qualitative studies with VR and AR. In the first one students participate in a wizard-of-oz experiment on social robotics in a virtual environment and in the second one students learn to act as a SCRUM-team facing an agile product development process with the help of an augmented reality application. The results show the potential and motivating power of those technologies and show that engineering education therefore is faced with a large potential field of research, which ranges from the technical development and didactical conception of new virtual and augmented learning environments to the investigation of students’ acceptance as well as the proof of concept of those environments in terms of learning efficiency.

Prof. Mari Paz Prendes, University of Murcia, Spain

Paz Prendes-Espinosa, PhD in Educational Sciences, expert in Educational Technology and Professor of Educational Technology in the University of Murcia (Spain). She is Director of a Research Group in Educational Technology and also Coordinator of the interuniversity PhD Program in Educational Technology.
She has been Coordinator of Virtual Education, Coordinator of Innovation and she has also recently been Head of the Department of Didactic and School Organization in the Faculty of Education.
Her research has been focused on the design of educational resources, e-learning, technology enhanced learning, open learning, mooc, semantic web technologies, ICT in hospital classrooms and she is currently researching the digital competence of teachers and students. Her latest book is on PLE and the profile of university students as digital learners. She has participated in several European research projects, such as CARMA, about collaborative techniques with which to improve students' motivation and MOTIVA, abut entrepreneurial competence.
She is director of RIITE, the Interuniversity Review of Research in Educational Technology (open and free journal) and is Secretary of Edutec, an international professional association which develops and improves educational technology.
Speech Title: Competences of the students of today for the citizens of tomorrow
Abstract: The students of today are the citizens of tomorrow. So, thinking about the future implies caring about our current system of education. Nowadays we work with students without thinking about a time where these future citizens will live and work. We are going to explore the approach towards skills which understand the profile of future citizens and answer the questions which education must ask about these skills. As we move towards the future, we need to take these skills into account in science and technologies (the area of STEM) because the European and international labour market will demand professionals in these fields of expertise. But we must also not forget humanities, arts and social sciences, because our citizens will need an education in the humanities in order to be critical people, to promote solidarity, and to be able to analyze and understand the reality in which we live and to understand the future which will come.

Assoc. Prof. Davide Marocco, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Davide Marocco is Associate Professor of Psychometrics at the University of Naples Federico II. His research activity is centred on the applications of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Modelling in the field of psychology. Specifically, he works in the field of computational models for research and evaluation in psychology with particular interest in the use of innovative assessment methods, such as serious games for negotiation, effective communication and conflict resolution, and innovative methods of psychological analysis. Previously, he was Professor in Cognitive Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the University of Plymouth, and researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR, Rome. Davide is coordinator of various European projects in the use of technology in psychological intervention, the most recent being the Erasmus+ ACCORD project which aims to define a training tool that integrates theoretical and practical aspects on the issues of conflict management in multicultural education and school contexts.