Team

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Current Team Members

Prof Vive Kumar

PhD in Computer Science
Lead Researcher – Learning Analytics in AI

Vive Kumar is Full Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at Athabasca University, Canada as well as a scientist, learning analytics expert and researcher into learning and training technologies. He completed his bachelor’s degree (BSc) in Physics with a minor in Mathematics (1987) as well as a Master’s degree in Computer Science Applications (1990) at Bharathiar University, India. He earned his doctoral degree in Computer Science (PhD) from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, as the best graduating student in 2001. His academic career spans 3 universities – Simon Fraser University, Surrey, BC, Canada; Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand; and Athabasca University, Edmonton, Canada. Dr. Vive Kumar’s background in learning analytics spans over two decades since his United Nations fellowship in the early 90s followed by his doctoral studies in the same area at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. He held the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Discovery Grant on Anthropomorphic Pedagogical Agents, funded by the Government of Canada. His research focuses on developing anthropomorphic agents, which mimic and optimize human-like traits to better assist learners in their regulatory and domain tasks. His research includes technology-enhanced erudition methods that employ Big Data Learning Analytics, Self-Regulated Learning, Co-Regulated Learning, Authentic Learning, Causal Modelling, and Machine Learning, to facilitate deep learning. Professor Kumar has been pursuing this area of research since 1989. He is an IEEE senior member.

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Prof Shawn Fraser

PhD in PE and Recreation
Researcher – Data analysis, Experimental design, Technology User Experience

Shawn Fraser is a Professor of Health Studies in the Faculty of Health Disciplines and Interim Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies. Shawn has previously served as the Associate Dean, Teaching & Learning in the Faculty of Health Disciplines and as the Master of Health Studies/Master of Nursing Graduate Program Director. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Regina in 1995. He completed a Master’s degree in Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan in 1999. He obtained his PhD in Physical Education and Recreation from the University of Alberta in 2006. He studies health behaviour change and mental stress responses in cardiac rehabilitation patients. He also belongs to the Learning Analytics research group at Athabasca University with contributions in data analysis (statistic techniques), experimental design, and technology user experience (instrument development) fields. He teaches research methods courses in the Faculty of Health Disciplines and is interested in interdisciplinary approaches to studying and teaching research methods and data analysis. He has been involved in graduate programming, teaching, and administration since joining Athabasca University in 2006.

David Boulanger

UGRD in Computer Science
Research Assistant – Data Scientist

David Boulanger is an undergraduate student in Computing and Information Systems, and data scientist involved in the learning analytics research group at Athabasca University. His primary research focus is on observational study designs and the application of computational tools and machine learning algorithms in learning analytics including writing analytics.

David Boulanger has won a Best Paper Award at the ICSLE 2014: “Optimizing Learning through Smart Causal Analytics on Learning (SCALE)”

Jeremie Seanosky

UGRD in Computer Science
Research Assistant – Information Systems Engineer

Jeremie Seanosky is an undergraduate student at the School of Computing and Information Systems at Athabasca University and a researcher with the Learning Analytics research group led by Prof Vivekanandan Kumar. Jeremie designs, develops and deploys cutting-edge (e.g., AI & deep learning), immersive (e.g., augmented reality), analytics-driven (e.g., facial recognition), just-in-time (e.g., real-time feedback) and knowledge-based (e.g., cognitive models) software solutions for human learning, personnel testing and industry training. His areas of research interests include bigdata analytics; learning analytics sensors; failsafe data collection, retrieval, analysis; virtual reality; augmented reality; and automated assessment.

Jeremie Seanosky has won a Best Paper Award at the ICSLE 2014: “Optimizing Learning through Smart Causal Analytics on Learning (SCALE)”

Chris Maton

B.S. in Computer Science
Information Architect

Chris Maton earned Computing Science degree from the University of Saskatchewan. He has been with Athabasca University for the past 15 years. His experience includes the development of applications with a mix of programming languages for industries from manufacturing to oilfield hauling and servicing. He is an experienced Systems Administrator on Linux and Windows servers. He also has extensive knowledge of both the Moodle learning management system and Alfresco content management system.

Talented with systems administration and software development skills, Chris has brought extensive assistance to various researchers and research groups to promote the Faculty of Science and Technology which resulted in the advancement of our learning analytics projects and research. Notable examples include management and administration of technical infrastructure for NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Adaptivity and Personalization in Informatics, IEEE Technical Committee for Learning Technology knowledge management website, learning management system administration for learning analytics implementations involving writing skills and programming, to name a few.

Email: chrism@athabascau.ca

Isabelle Guillot

UGRD in Management
Research Assistant – Agile Project Manager & Communication Coordinator

Isabelle Guillot is an undergraduate student in Management and the Agile project manager and Communication coordinator of the Learning Analytics Research Group at Athabasca University. She holds a Publicity Chair position for the International Association of Smart Learning Environments (IASLE) conferences. She also has a Professional Scrum Master certification (PSM I). Her areas of research interests include user experience with learning analytics tools, and Lean & Agile project management in industry-academia research projects.

Rebecca Guillot

UGRD in Computer Science
Research Assistant – Systems Architect & Software Developer

Rebecca Guillot is an undergraduate student in Computing and Information Systems, and research assistant at Athabasca University. She is the lead Technical Operations Chair for the International Association of Smart Learning Environments (IASLE) conferences. Her areas of research interests include interactive and visual environments in learning analytics, virtual reality, augmented reality, math analytics, music analytics, self-regulated learning, co-regulated learning, and computer-supported collaborative learning.

Claudia Guillot

UGRD in Design
Research Assistant – 3D Modeling Graphic Designer

Claudia Guillot is an undergraduate student in graphic design and research assistant at Athabasca University. Her areas of research interests include graphic design of highly attractive computer-supported learning environments in learning analytics, 3D modelling, and music analytics.

Diane Mitchnick

Grad in Computer Science
Researcher – Health Analytics

Diane Mitchnick holds a Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems and is currently working on her graduate thesis. Her research areas encompass neural networks and artificial intelligence, and her goal is to leverage these into a healthcare analytics package that will provide insight into learning the diagnostic behaviour of adult ADHD (see MHADS project). Diane lives in Calgary, Alberta, where she works full-time as a programmer analyst for the City of Calgary.

Colin B Pinnell

UGRD in Computer Science
Research Assistant – Software Developer

Colin Pinnell is a research assistant and undergraduate student at Athabasca University. His areas of research interests include artificial intelligence techniques and their correlation to neuroanatomy, augmented reality and its application in human-computer interfaces, and pattern detection in big data. He worked on the SCRL, and game and sports analytics projects

Geoffrey Glass

Researcher – Sport Analytics
PhD in Communication

Geof Glass is currently conducting research in sports analytics. He has been a professional software developer since 1991 and has completed his PhD in Communication at Simon Fraser University. His areas of research interests are commons, technology, culture, and copyright.

Bruce Davidson

Master’s Degree – In progress


Daniel Venne

Master’s Degree – In progress


Eric Pelletier

Master’s Degree – In progress


Geetha Paulmani

PhD – In progress


Miao-Han Chang

Master’s Degree – In progress

Previous Team Members

Alex Colic

Master’s Degree – Graduated


Amin Mousavi

PhD – Graduated


Ankit Sharma

Bachelor’s Degree – Graduated


Bertrand Sodjahin

Master’s Degree – In Progress


Buvana Sankar

Master’s Degree – Graduated


Chaohua Gong

PhD – Graduated


Chinmay Agarwal

Researcher


Clayton Clemens

Master’s Degree – Graduated

Clayton Clemens holds a Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems and graduated from his Master’s degree in Computing and Information Systems in 2017. His research areas encompassed natural language processing and artificial intelligence, and his goal was to leverage these into a learning analytics package providing insight into the development of student writing competences. Clayton lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he works full-time as a business analyst for the City of Edmonton.

Dai Qichun

Researcher


Glenn Irwin

Master’s Degree – In Progress


Guang Chen

PhD – Researcher


Ireti Fakinlede

Master’s Degree – In Progress


Jason Bell

BScCS – Graduated


Joel Burrows

Master’s Degree – Graduated


Judy Vathallor

Master’s Degree – Graduated


Junfeng Yang

PhD – Graduated


Kannan Govindarajan

PhD – Graduated


Kevin Haghighat

Master’s Degree – Graduated


Prof Kinshuk

PhD – Computer Science

Kinshuk is the Dean of the College of Information at the University of North Texas. After completing first degree from India, Dr. Kinshuk earned his Masters’ degree from Strathclyde University (Glasgow) and PhD from De Montfort University (Leicester), United Kingdom. He was Full Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems and Associate Dean of Faculty of Science and Technology, at Athabasca University, Canada. He held the NSERC/CNRL/Xerox/McGraw Hill Research Chair for Adaptivity and Personalization in Informatics, funded by the Federal government of Canada, Provincial government of Alberta, and by national and international industries. His work has been dedicated to advancing research on the innovative paradigms, architectures and implementations of online and distance learning systems for individualized and adaptive learning in increasingly global environments. Areas of his research interests include learning analytics; learning technologies; mobile, ubiquitous and location aware learning systems; cognitive profiling; and interactive technologies. He is an IEEE senior member.

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Lachlan Gepp

Researcher


Lanqin Zheng

PhD – Graduated


Liao Ming

Researcher


Lino Forner

Master’s Degree – Graduated


Lorna Brown

Master’s Degree – Graduated


Marcello Vilela

Researcher


Moushir M. Elbishouty

PhD – Graduated


Munir El Kadi

Master’s Degree – Graduated


Paul Bukator

PhD – Graduated


Qingfeng Du

Researcher


Rahim Virani

Master’s Degree – Graduated


Richard Tortorella

PhD – Graduated


Rohit Chugh

Master’s Degree – Graduated


Stella Lee

PhD – Graduated

Stella Lee has over 15 years of experience in the field of e-learning, human-computer interaction (HCI), and educational technology. She has worked as a consultant for higher education, government, non-profit organizations, and private sectors in Europe, Asia, and North America. Stella holds a BFA in Art and Design, a MA in Communications, a post graduate certificate in Adult Learning, and a PhD in Computer Science with a focus on design of a flexible self-directed e-learning model. Stella’s area of expertise and research interests include learners’ experience online, learning analytics, smart technology and instructional design. Stella has served as a consultant for the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and was a postdoctoral research fellow with iCore Research Lab at Athabasca University, Canada’s Open University.

Steve Harris

Master’s Degree – Graduated

Steven Harris has completed his Master’s degree in information systems at Athabasca University in 2018.  Steven’s general research area is sentiment analysis and artificial intelligence – especially as it relates to applications in online education.  His research includes the development of specialized classifiers, based on a number of different algorithms and natural language processing techniques.

Steven host the Information System Professional (ISP) designation from the Canadian Information Processing Society, the Certified Web Analyst (CWA) designation from the Digital Analytics Association, and a Certificate in Web Intelligence from UC Irvine. He also teaches a variety of statistics, computer science, and business courses at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada.

Steven has authored or co-authored a number of papers related to his research area – including papers presented at T4E2014, the 2014 EdTech Forum, and Springer publication on Causal Models and Big Data Learning Analytics. He has been a Research Assistant working under the NSERC/iCORE Research Chain. His business experience involves working with a wide variety of organizations, including a number of Canadian financial institutions, 3M, CNN, Ford, SAP, Google, and World Vision.

Steve Kalmar

Master’s Degree – Graduated


Udita Prajapati

Bachelor’s Degree – Graduated


Vahid Bahreman

Master’s Degree – Graduated


Walter Ridgewell

Master’s Degree – Graduated


Winifred Qichun Dai

Master’s Degree – Researcher


Yutian Ma

Master’s Degree – Researcher