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 (www.futurelearning.org).
Assoc. Prof. Andrea Nanetti, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Dr. Andrea Nanetti is employed as Associate Professor and serves as Associate Chair (Research) of the School of Art, Design and Media, and Senior Research Team Member of the Complexity Institute at Nanyang Technological University Singapore. He received his education in Historical Sciences and Heritage Sciences in Italy (Bologna), France (Paris-Sorbonne), Germany (Köln), Greece (National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens), and USA (Brown University, Providence RI) within a wide interdisciplinary approach that combined humanities (history, palaeography, philology, archival and library studies) with physics and computational data science. Dr. Nanetti pioneered digital humanities project for archival documents (1997-1999 State Archive in Venice and 2005-2010 State Archive in Ravenna), chronicles (2002-2004 Virtual Library of Venetian Chronicles), historical maps (2000, Imola from Leonardo da Vinci to 1974), and primary sources in general (2007-today, cloud platform for pre-modern Afro-Eurasia). Since 1996, he has published 20 multilingual books (13 single authored), 2 edited journals, and over 70 essays in scientific journals and books in English, Italian, Chinese, Spanish and Modern Greek. He is playing multiple editorial roles including the ‘Committee for the Publication of the Sources for the History of Venice’. He was the Founding Co-Chair of the Singapore Heritage Science Conference series and member of numerous Conference Committees including the ‘International Conference on Culture and Computing’, VSMM, SOTICS, and CCS.
Tile: On the Shoulders of the Giants.
Technological Innovation and the Advancement of Learning
Abstract: Societies have always used their heritage, viz. the treasure of human experiences, to remain resilient and to express their cultural identities. Nowadays, it seems that the rapid development of our society is endangering this spontaneous cultural process of adaptation to change. Part of social adaptation to change is enabled by the human knowledge and values that we transmit from one generation to the next. In the past, this transmission was passed down through artefacts, oral traditions, social rituals, and cultural practices. But given the increasing pace of technological innovation of our times, many traditional modes of knowledge and value transmission have become obsolete or at risk of vanishing. New media and non-conventional communications have arisen, creating new possibilities for cultural expressions and the advancement of learning. The vision is that with a clearer understanding of where we come from, we can better understand who we are, and understanding where we are now, we may influence what we want to become. As Helga Nowotny (co-founder and former President of the ERC) discussed on 22 January 2019, at Nanyang Technological University Singapore, with Maestro Michelangelo Pistoletto and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Ben Feringa, it can be a Fourth Industrial Revolution with increased inequality and poverty or a Third Paradise, a balanced connection between humanity and nature. It is all up to us.
Prof. Tae In Han, Korea National Open University, South Korea
Professor of e-Learning Dept. in KNOU(Korea National Open University). Graduated from Dept. of Computer Science at Korea University(Ph.D. in Computer Science, major is AI and Knowledge-based DB), and have worked still now as a Chairman of Korea ISO/IEC JTC1 SC36/WG5 Committee at MoTI(Ministry of Trade and Industry), as a Chairman of e-Learning QA Committee at NIPA(National Information industry Promotion Agency), as a Chairman of e-Learning Standardization Committee at NIPA, as a Chairman of e-Learning Standard Development Committee at KERIS((Korea Education and Research Information System), as a member of Korea ISO/IEC JTC1 SC36 at KATS(Korea Agency of Technology and Standards), and as a Chairman of Korea ISO/IEC JTC1 PC288 committee at KATS, I had worked as a researcher at KIET(Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade) in 1981.05~1985.11, as a senior researcher at KISDI(Korea Information Society Development Institute) in 1985.12~1992.03, as a research fellow at KAIT(Korea Association for ICT Promotion) in 1992.03~2000.03, as a CEO at Fusion In Tech Co., Ltd in 2002.08~2006.06, as an affiliated professor of Korean German Institute of Technology (KGIT), and as a vice-president at Mediopia Co., Ltd., in 2008.10~2010.08 before professor of KNOU.