Vive Kumar

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Dr. Kumar is Full Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at Athabasca University, 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.

His academic career spans 3 universities – Simon Fraser University, Surrey, BC, Canada; Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand; and Athabasca University, Edmonton, Canada.

He is an educational technology training consultant for the Asian Development Bank and the energy sector in Canada.

His research focuses on big data analytics as part of technology-enhanced teaching, training, learning, and research. Professor Kumar has been pursuing this area of research since 1989.

Detailed biography

Dr Vivekanandan Suresh Kumar is a scientist, learning analytics expert and researcher into learning and training technologies.

Vive was born and raised in southern India. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. He also holds a master’s degree in Computer Science Applications.

In 1990, he launched his professional career as a scientist at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) in Mumbai. During this tenure, he won a United Nations fellowship to train at the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Research and Development Centre (LRDC).

At LRDC, his research in ‘model tracing’ — an approach that maps sets of individual steps taken by a learner or a trainee into sets of skills with associated levels of competence —  won him a full PhD scholarship with the University of Saskatchewan, and in 2001 he earned his PhD as the Best Graduating Student of that year.

His doctoral studies launched his academic career at Simon Fraser University as an Assistant Professor.

In 2005, he consulted for the Asian Development Bank as Team Lead. He also worked with the Open University of Sri Lanka in Colombo to develop an online learning infrastructure and a master’s degree programme in educational technology.

He took up an academic position with Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand in 2006. Two years later, he returned to Canada as an Associate Professor in Athabasca University’s School of Computing and Information Systems. Here, he continued his beloved research into learning analytics and training technologies.

Vive’s research includes investigating technology-enhanced erudition methods that employ learning analytics and human-computer interaction to facilitate deep learning.

Imagine a world where software agents living inside your computer teach, play, study and mentor you — motivating your interests, challenging you and improving the way you live and learn. Vive’s research focuses on developing anthropomorphic agents, which mimic and perfect human-like traits to better assist learners in their regulatory tasks.

With backing from major research funds such as NSERC, SSHRC, and CFI, Vive has become an active member and contributor to the research community in Canada. He is regarded for his role in establishing Indo-Canadian collaborative research. He has well received publications in respected scientific journals such as Artificial Intelligence in Education and Computers in Human Behavior.

He is passionate about knowledge economies, social change through science fiction, the empowerment of women through information and communication technologies, and comparative analyses of native cultures.

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– Associate Professor – School of Computing and Information Systems

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