Invited Speakers

Assoc. Prof. Louise Starkey
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Dr. Louise Starkey currently works as Associate Dean (Academic) at the Faculty of Education, Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington. Louise is interested in the future of education. She is interested in complexity theory, educational policy, and practice associated with teaching and learning in the digital age. Her main research includes policy and practice in the schooling and university sectors.




Prof. Xuesong Zhai

Zhejiang University, China

Xuesong Zhai, currently serves as the Head of the Science and Technology Education program at the College of Education, Zhejiang University. He holds the position of Distinguished Researcher fellow and Doctoral Supervisor. He has been awarded titles such as the 2023 Young Scientist by IETI and the Provincial Outstanding Young Talent Fund. His academic services include serving on the editorial board of Nature's sub-journal HSSC (SSCI Q1, ranked first in the Social Sciences JCR), Associate Editor of IEEE-TLT (SSCI Q1), founding editorial board member of STEM Education.His Research interests include but not limited to Science and Technology Education, Artificial Intelligence and Metaverse Education Applications, Educational Big Data Analysis and Application. This includes development and application of metaverse courses and platforms for K-12 science curriculum, AI-assisted educational big data mining, collection and analysis of physiological signal data of learners, affective computing for learners, and the use of Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) in assessing educational governance capabilities and analyzing educational policies.




Assoc. Prof. Linda Bradley

University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Linda Bradley is a Senior Lecturer in higher education pedagogy at the Department of education, communication and learning at University of Gothenburg, working at the Pedagogical Development and Interactive Learning unit. Linda is also a member of The Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS).
Currently, Linda is project leader at Chalmers for the two-year mobile learning project funded by AMIF (Asyl-, migrations, och integrationsfonden) between 1 November 2016- 31 October 2018. The aim is developing mobile learning applications for newly arrived Arabic speaking migrants to Sweden with a focus on pedagogical approaches in digital technology for learning Swedish and about Swedish culture. The project is devoted to digital language development and intercultural communication training.
Her PhD project from 2013 was in Educational Sciences within the area of digital technology and learning. The focus was student collaboration, communication and intercultural learning in web-based environments within English for Specific Purposes (ESP) in higher education within the area of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). Linda’s research, founded in a sociocultural tradition, concerns social interaction and the use of digital technology in learning and education. She has an interest in open learning and education and has investigated open learning practices through her work in two EU-funded projects, one Lifelong Learning, LangOER, and one Erasmus project, ExplOERer, of uses of Open Educational Resources and Open Educational Practices. In addition, she is also a member of the Erasmus project M-Lang, with the aim of developing pedagogical and methodological approaches to using quick-response tools in teaching and learning.




Dr. Xiaoxue Du

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Xiaoxue Du is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab. Her current research at MIT PRG focuses on K-12 Artificial Intelligence literacy at inclusive classrooms. She received Ed.D in Instructional Technology and Media from Teachers College, Columbia University, following years of experience as a researcher and practitioner in the field of inclusive education, assessment, and assistive technology.
Previously, her research utilized assistive technology to design pedagogical innovation and foster inquiry-based learning environments in diverse schools to meet the needs of students with special needs, especially the individuals across culturally linguistically diverse groups. She graduated with an Ed.M in Instructional Technology and Media, M.A. in Technology Specialist from Teachers College, Columbia University, and M.A. in Politics at New York University.




Dr. Wong Lung Hsiang

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr. Wong Lung Hsiang is a Senior Education Research Scientist at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and Adjunct Professor at the State University of Malang, Indonesia. Internationally recognized for his research in mobile learning, seamless learning and computer-assisted language learning, he also explores computer-supported collaborative learning and AI in education. He has published close to 50 papers in SSCI/SCI-indexed journals to date. He won nine Best/Outstanding Paper Awards in various international conference series and is a recipient of the APSCE Distinguished Researcher Award in 2015. He served as the President of Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education in 2018-2019 and is currently a Managing Editor of the SSCI-indexed Asia-Pacific Journal of Education. He is acknowledged among the Top 2% scientists globally in an ongoing study by Stanford University.




Prof. Meltem Huri Baturay

Learning & Teaching Innovations Research and Development, Türkiye

Konya Food and Agriculture University, Türkiye

Prof. Meltem Huri Baturay serves as the inaugural leader and president of LET-IN R&D (Learning & Teaching Innovations Research and Development), an international educational organization in Turkey. Additionally, she holds the role of Education Sector Leader at the World Metaverse Council. Prof. Baturay is recognized globally, frequently invited to speak at various events and conferences worldwide.
Her scholarly contributions include numerous articles published in highly esteemed international journals indexed by SSCI and Web of Science. Prof. Baturay has actively engaged in international research projects, including involvement in COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) initiatives supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020. She has also contributed to research endeavors under TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) and Erasmus+ KA2 projects.
Her research focus spans innovative technologies such as XR Technologies and Artificial Intelligence applied in education, Distance Education, Technology-assisted Language Teaching, and Design of Multimedia Enriched Teaching Materials. Prof. Baturay is particularly dedicated to advancing knowledge in Human-Computer Interaction.




Prof. Zhenzhen Chen

Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China

Dr. Zhenzhen Chen is currently Professor of School of Humanities in Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. She receives her Doctor of Education Degree from Peking University. Her research interests include mobile-assisted language learning, AI-supported language learning. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers and received several research grants from Ministry of Education and National Office for Education Sciences Planning. She was awarded Lecturer of High Quality Undergraduate Courses in Beijing, Second Prize of Higher Education Teaching Achievement Award by Beijing Education Committee.




Prof. Ying Qin

Beijing Foreign Studies University, China

Dr. Ying Qin obtained her doctoral degree in Signal and Information Processing from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 2008, with a primary research interest in natural language processing and intelligent language teaching. She is also a senior member of the China Computer Federation and a committee member of the Natural Language Understanding Committee of the Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence. As a full professor at School of Information Science and Technology in Beijing Foreign Studies University, she has authored three academic monographs and published over 50 papers. She has led multiple research projects, including three projects funded by the National Social Science Foundation since 2012.



Prof. Jun Xiao
Shanghai Engineering Research Center for Open Distance Education
Shanghai Open University, China

Prof. Jun Xiao oversees the operation of Shanghai Engineering Research Center of Open Distance Education, Shanghai Open University. His research interests lie in hybrid learning spaces, learning analytics, learner persona, augmented reality, artificial intelligence in edaucation. He is a Member of China E-learning Technology Standardization Committee, and has undertaken and participated in a dozen of national and provincial level projects. Prof. Xiao has obtained awards for more than 10 scientific research works, and has published over 100 books, articles and reports in the areas of education technology, lifelong learning, and open distance education. He has made substantial contributions to the design of many online and smart learning environments in Shanghai, such as the Shanghai Learning Network, Shanghai Education Resource Center and Mobile MOOC for Teacher Professional Development, and his research findings have effectively informed the design of lifelong learning public service platform for Shanghai citizens. He is now responsible for the construction of the Smart Learning Center of Shanghai Open University, a project which provides an online-merge-online (OMO) smart learning environment for seamless learning.


Assoc. Prof. Si Zhang
Central China Normal University, China

Dr. Si Zhang is an Associate Professor of Central China Normal University in the School of Educational Information Technology. Dr Zhang has 2 years of postdoc experience in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) from 2018-2019. He is also a member of the expert group of intelligent professional development platform application pilot work of the Education Technology and Resource Development Center of the Ministry of Education. In recent years, he is mainly focusing on the application of artificial intelligence in education, learning analytics, and teacher professional development. He has presided over more than 10 national and provincial scientific research projects, and has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers and applied for 6 invention patents.


Assoc. Prof. Kaifang Yang

Shaanxi Normal University, China

Kaifang Yang received the M.E. degree in signal and information processing and the Ph.D. degree in information and communication engineering from Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China, in 2013, and 2017, respectively. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science, Shaanxi Normal University. Her research interests include educational informatization, cognitive load measurement method, video coding video, and video quality assessment.