Vivekanandan Suresh Kumar, PhD

Researcher in Learning Analytics, Technology-Enhanced Learning, Artificial Intelligence in Education

Experience

Current Position

Full Professor / July 2015 – School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University, Edmonton, Canada

Education & Degrees Awarded

Ph.D. (Computer Science) / June 2001 University of Saskatchewan, Canada, askus@usask.ca, title: Helping the helper in peer help networks, Best graduate in 2001
M.C.A (Computer Science) / April 1990 Bharathiar University, India, 1st Rank in University
B.Sc (Physics) / April 1987 Bharathiar University, India, 3rd Rank in University

Other Education & Training, Qualifications & Skills

2007 Undertaking research with human participants, Massey University
2007 PhD supervision, Massey University
2003 Teaching and learning with technology, Simon Fraser University
2003 Occupational health and safety committee training, Workers’ Compensation Board
2002 Managing multiple projects, objectives and deadlines, SkillPath Seminars
2001 Mastering educational technology and learning, TechBC/Simon Fraser Univ., Surrey
1994 Occupational health and safety training, University of Saskatchewan

Previous Work Experience

Apr 2016 – June 2017 Research and Study Leave (sabbatical)
July 2014 – Sep 2015 Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies Athabasca University, Edmonton, Canada
July 2013 – Jan 2015 Chair, Research Ethics Board Athabasca University, Edmonton, Canada
July 2013 – Nov. 2014 Program Director, Faculty of Science and Technology Athabasca University, Edmonton, Canada
Aug 2008 – June 2015 Associate Professor, School of Computing and Information Systems Athabasca University, Edmonton, Canada
Sep 2006 – Jul 2008 Senior Lecturer, Institute of Information Sciences and Technology Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
Sep 2006 – Jul 2008 Adjunct Professor, School of Interactive Arts and Technology Simon Fraser University, Surrey, Canada
Jun 2001 – Aug 2006 Assistant Professor, School of Interactive Arts and Technology (2001 – 2002, known as the Technical University of British Columbia) Simon Fraser University, Surrey, Canada
Jan 2006 – Jul 2006 Team Leader / Educational Technologist / Instructional Designer Multimedia Specialist Deputed to Open University of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Jan 2004 – Jan 2006 Co-Director, InfoNet Media Centre Simon Fraser University, Surrey, Canada
Jun 2001 – Jun 2002 Assistant Professor Technical University of BC, Canada
Jan 2001 – Jun 2001 Part-time PhD student University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Sep 1995 – Dec 2000 Full-time PhD student University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Sep 1995 – Nov 1999 Research Assistant, Advanced Research in Intelligent Educational Systems University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Dec 1992 – May 1993 United Nations Fellow, Learning Research and Development Centre University of Pittsburgh, USA
Sep 1990 – Aug 1995 Scientist Centre for Development of Advance Computing (previously, National Centre for Software Technology), Mumbai, India

Awards, Prizes & Honours

July 2014 Best Full Paper Award for Boulanger D., Seanosky J., Kumar V., Kinshuk, Panneerselvam K., Somasundaram T.S. (2014), Optimizing learning through smart causal analytics on learning (SCALE). Conference on Smart Learning Environments, pp. 275-282
May 2001 Best Computer Science Graduate Award of 2001 at the University of Saskatchewan
Apr 1997 Best Paper Award for Collins J.A., Greer J.E., Kumar V., McCalla G.I., Meagher P., Tkatch R. (1997), Inspectable User Models for Just-In-Time Workplace Training. UM’97, the Sixth International Conference on User Modeling, pp. 327-337
Sep 1995 NSERC Graduate Scholarship, University of Saskatchewan
Dec 1992 Fellow of the United Nations Development Program, Learning Research and Development Centre, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Jan 1992 Best Paper Award for Kumar V., Srinivas P., and Anjaneyulu K.S.R., A Review of Techniques in Intelligent Language Tutoring Systems. East-West Conference on Emerging Technologies in Education, Moscow, Russia, 1992, pp. n/a
May 1990 First Rank among Master of Computer Application students at Bharathiar University, India
May 1987 Third Rank among Bachelor of Science students at Bharathiar University, India

Industry Related Merits

Industry work experience

Nov 1999 – Dec 2000 Systems Analyst, International Road Dynamics Inc., Saskatoon, Canada
Jul 1994 – Nov 1994 Senior Software Engineer, Axes Technologies, Dallas, TX, USA

Industry / Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) Collaborations (Since 2008)

2017 – ongoing Knowledge traces of trainee competences within 3D virtual reality and augmented reality testing and training environments
2017 – ongoing With 87 Inc., Canada – Sensor-based skill recognition of junior hockey players
2015 – 2016 With Microsoft Inc., USA – Azure in Open Learning Analytics
2015 – ongoing With IMS Global, USA – Open Learning Analytics Platform
2014 – ongoing With McGraw-Hill Education, USA – Big Data Learning Analytics
2014 – 2015 With Rotary International, Dharapuram, India
2014 – ongoing With Xerox Inc., Canada – Ubiquitous computing
2014 – ongoing With ComputeCanada, Canada – High performance computing
2014 – ongoing With Albatross Gaming Inc., Canada – Big Data Game Strategy Analytics
2014 – 2015 With Troglo Inc., Canada – Big Data Analytics for Demography prediction
2013 – ongoing With WestGrid, Canada – high performance computing
2013 – ongoing With Cybera, Canada – high performance computing
2012 – ongoing With Canadian Natural Resources Limited – AR/VR Training Analytics
2012 – 2013 With Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute – Big Data Learning Analytics
2012 – 2015 With ARBRI – Athabasca River Basin Research Institute volunteer

Academic Councils & Committees

Committees at Athabasca University, Canada

2019–2022 GFC Academic Planning, Policy, and Standards Committee
2019 Member, Advisory Committee for Reappointment of the President (ACPR)
2017 – 2018 Member, Learning Conference Planning Committee
2015 Member, Enrolment Committee
2015 Chair, Alberta Innovates Technology Futures Application Review Committee
2014 – 2015 Member, University Budget Committee
2014 – 2015 Member, Student Relationship Management Committee (SRM)
2014 – 2015 Member, Pedagogy and Research SAG committee
2014 – 2016 Member, Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) Periodic Review Report (PRR) Committee
2014 – 2015 Member, Associate Vice President Research (AVPR) Search Committee
2014 Member, Applied Research and Innovation Steering Committee
2013 – 2014 Member, Academic Standards Committee
2013 – 2015 Chair, Research Ethics Board
2013 – 2014 Program Director, FST Undergraduate Program Council
2013 – Member, FST Graduate Program Council
2012 – 2013 Chair, FGS Student Conference IT Committee
2012 Member, FST Promotions Committee
2011 – 2013 Member, Wellness Committee
2010 – 2012 Member, PMRI research institute
2009 – 2012 Member, Research Ethics Board
2009 – 2010 Member, Faculty Selection Committee
2009 Member, Learning Service Conference

Committees at Massey University, New Zealand

2007 “What is CS” committee
2007 Staff/Student Liaison Committee
2007 Paper Moderator Committee – 159.351 Software Engineering B
2006 Marking Committee for Honours projects – Horse Racing Results Prediction (Aaron Bishell, Neural Networks) | Self-Organising Music (James Lawrence, Neural Networks) | Authoring System for Leopard Tutor (Glenn Conner, ITS)

Committees at Open University of Sri Lanka (Deputation from Simon Fraser University)

2006 Consultant, Instructional Design and Development Committee

Committees at Simon Fraser University, Canada

2005 – 2006 Member, Governance Committee, Interactive Arts & Technology
2004 – 2005 Member, British Columbia Cross Sector Portfolio Working Group
2004 – 2006 Co-Director, InfoNetMedia Centre, Surrey Campus
2004 – 2005 Co-Chair, Joint Health and Safety Committee, Surrey Campus
2004 – 2005 Member, Joint University Safety Committee
2004 – 2005 Member, Steering Committee, TR Labs Implementation
2003 – 2004 Member, Learning Management System Selection Committee
2003 – 2005 Member, International Student Exchange Committee
2003 – 2004 Faculty representative (SFUFA), Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Joint Safety Committee, Surrey
2003 – 2006 Member, Recreations and Athletics Faculty Advisory Committee
2003 – 2004 Member, Graduate Admissions Committee, Surrey (GAC)
2002 – 2004 Member, Occupational Health & Safety Committee
2002 – 2003 Member, Faculty/Staff Selection Committee
2002 – 2003 Member, Long Term Planning Committee
2002 Member, Vision of School Committee

Committees at Technical University of British Columbia, Canada

2004 – 2006 Manager, Courses Development Cluster
2003 – 2004 Member, Undergraduate Curriculum Revision Committee
2002 – 2006 Member, InfoNetMedia Cluster
2003 – 2005 Member, Design Cluster
2003 – 2006 Member, Knowledge Management Cluster
2002 – 2006 Member, Technology-Mediated Learning Cluster

Research Collaboration at Athabasca University and Other Universities

May 2017 – Jan 2018 Athabasca University – Coding Analytics (JAV.AU)
Jan 2016 – May 2016 King Saud University, Saudi Arabia – Writing Analytics
Oct 2015 – June 2016 King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia – Coding Analytics
Aug 2015 – June 2016 VNRVJ Institute of Engineering and Technology, India – Writing Analytics
Jan 2011 – 2015 Anna University, India – Coding Analytics
Sep 2014 – ongoing Co-supervision – Centre for Science, Athabasca University – Bioinformatics
Sep 2014 – 2015 Co-supervision – Health Disciplines, Athabasca University – Healthcare analytics
2012 – 2016 With Beijing Normal University – Big Data Learning Analytics
2012 – 2016 With University of Chile – Big Data Learning Analytics
2014 – 2015 U. Calgary and U. Lethbridge, Integrated Professional Skills Program

Research Visits

(Since 2008)

2018 Vienna Boys’ Choir, Vienna, Austria
2017 Vienna Boys’ Choir, Vienna, Austria and Vitznau, Switzerland
2016 Vienna Boys’ Choir, Vienna, Austria and Vitznau, Switzerland
2016 McGraw-Hill Education, New York, USA
2016 Vellore Institute of Technology, Chennai, India
2015 McGraw-Hill Education, Boston, USA
2015 Anna University, Chennai, India
2015 Indian Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, India
2014 McGraw-Hill Education, Boston, USA
2014 University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
2013 Anna University, Chennai, India
2013 Beijing Normal University, China
2012 Anna University, Chennai, India
2010 Hindustan University, Chennai, India
2010 Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India
2009 MIT Campus, Anna University, Chennai, India

Research Group Membership

(Since joining Athabasca University in 2008)

2014 onwards WestGrid, Canada
2013 onwards Compute Canada
2010 onwards Technology-Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute, Athabasca University, Canada
2009 onwards iCORE lab at Athabasca University, Canada

Professional Membership

2013 – ongoing IASLE – Executive Member, Intl. Association of Smart Learning Environment
2012 – 2015 CIRPA – ACPRI Institutional Research Association – Member
2011 – 2015 CAREB – ACCER Research Ethics – Member
2007 – ongoing IEEE – Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
2003 – 2007 AERA – Member, American Educational Research Association
2003 – 2006 STLHE – Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
2001 – 2006 ACM – Member, Association of Computing Machinery
1997 – 2007 IEEE – Member, LTSC Learning Technology Standards Committee
1995 – ongoing AIED – Member, Artificial Intelligence in Education

Reviewer for Research Funding Agencies

2013 – 2016 Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Grants, Canada
2002 NSERC Discovery Grants, Canada

Editorial Involvement

2016 – ongoing TCLT – Chair, IEEE Special Interest Group on Big Data in Education and Learning Analytics
2016 – ongoing TCLT – Editorial Board Member, IEEE Bulletin of the Technical Committee on Learning Technology
2013 – 2015 IJDET – Associate Editor, International Journal of Distance Education Technologies
2014 – ongoing J.UCS – Associate Editor, Journal of Universal Computer Science
2014 – ongoing JSEL – Associate Editor, Springer, Journal on Smart Learning Environments

Journal/Book/Conference Reviewer

International Conferences Reviewer (since 2008)

C&AE – Content & Activity Engineering
ICALT – Advanced Learning Technologies
ICSLE – Smart Learning Environments
ITS – Intelligent Tutoring Systems
SE@VBL – Smart Environments and Analytics on Video-Based Learning
T4E – Technology for Education
ICWL – Web-based Learning
IWLA – Workshop on Learning Analytics
IxD&A – Interaction Design & Architecture
SITIS – Signal-Image Technology & Internet-Based Systems
SPeL – Workshop on Social and Personal Computing for Web Supported Learning Communities
WSCE – Workshop on Social Computing in Education
USAB – Human Computer Interaction and User Experience, Austrian Computer Society
ICTEE – Technology-Enabled Education
IGnC – Grid and Cloud Computing
ICoAC – Advanced Computing
AIED – Artificial Intelligence in Education
UM – User Modelling
CSCL – Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning
KBCS – Knowledge-Based Computer Systems
ICCE – Computers in Education
ICET – Education and Technology
DULP – Workshop on Design Centered and Personalized Learning in Liquid and Ubiquitous Learning Places

Journal Reviewer

PLOS ONE – Public Library of Science
ET&S – Educational Technology and Society
ETR&D – Educational Technology Research and Development
IJDET – Distance Education Technologies
IJCITAE – Computers, Information Technology and Education
UMUAI – User Modelling and User-Adapted Interaction
IJAIED – Artificial Int elligence in Education
Computers in Education
IEEE TLT

Conference Organizing Chair

ITS 2020 Program Committee Chair
iLRN 2020 Organizing Chair, International Co-Chair (North America)
ICALT 2019 Organizing Chair – Conference track chair for Big Data in Education and Learning Analytics
ICSLE 2019 Workshop/Panel Chair
ICALT 2018 Organizing Chair – Conference track chair for Big Data in Education and Learning Analytics
ICSLE 2018 Workshop/Panel Chair
ICALT 2017 Organizing Chair – Conference track chair for Big Data in Education and Learning Analytics
ICALT 2016 Organizing Chair – Conference track chair for Big Data in Education and Learning Analytics
ICALT 2015 Organizing Chair – Conference track chair for Big Data in Education and Learning Analytics
ICSLE 2015 Publicity Chair
ICALT 2014 Organizing Chair – Conference track chair for Big Data in Education and Learning Analytics
ICSLE 2014 Program Chair

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