“VARTEL Education Innovation”
By Professor Yiyu Cai, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
A global yet young university from Singapore, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has innovation in her heart. With a focus on the education innovation, this keynote will kick start with NTU’s eLearning journey followed by discussions on pedagogical innovation, and learning space innovation. EduTech innovation will then be presented with an emphasis placed on Virtual & Augmented Reality Technology-enhanced Learning (VARTEL). Efforts will be made on the case studies on VARTEL of Engineering, Science and Humanity in NTU.
Professor Yiyu Cai is a tenured faculty with NTU heading the Computer-aided Engineering Labs, and directing the Strategic Research Program of VR & Soft Computing. He is also deputy director of NTU’s Center of Augmented & Virtual Reality. He is the inventor of the VARTEL and has led a team in NTU developing VARTEL solution for Engineering and Science education. He is principal investigators of Singapore’s Ministry of Education with his VARTEL solutions deployed in over 20 schools including top schools like Raffles Institution and Hwa Chong Institution for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. He is also Advisors to University of Johannesburg (South Africa) and Multimedia University of Malaysia.
He has over 20 years’ experience doing R&D in Virtual & Augmented Reality, Simulation & Serious Games, Artificial Intelligence, and their applications in medicine，engineering and education. His research has been supported by Singapore’s National Research Foundation, Temasek Trust Funded Singapore Millennium Foundation, Ministry of Education, and many other public and private sectors. He has co-invented 6 international patents, and published 7 books (Springer) and near 200 technical articles in SCI/SSCI journals and leading international conferences. He has organised more than 20 international conferences and will organise the prestigious AI medical conference MICCAI2022 in Singapore. He has given near 60 keynote or invited speeches in 20+ countries including France, Hollands, and Japan. He sits in the editorial boards of several Education related journals such as Interactive Learning Environments, International Journal of Serious Games, The Visual Computers, etc. He was former president of International Simulation and Gaming Association which was founded in Europe 50 years ago. Over the years, he has been working closely with world class scientists and educators from Johns Hopkins Medical School (USA), University of Toronto (Canada), University College London (UK) and Utrecht University (The Netherlands). Part of the collaboration leads to one of the top used publications on SpringerLink that concerns one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“How Whatsapp brought us together at a time of isolation”
By Professor Johannes Cronjé, Dean of Informatics and Design,
As Covid-19 hits its peak people who are not in close physical proximity but who do communicate regularly on social platforms such as WhatsApp groups often claim to feel a sense of closeness to others. This paper will consider the features and functioning for WhatsApp groups in terms of Preece’s (2000) characteristics of a virtual community: People, purpose, politics and computer systems, and filter them through Deleuze and Guattari’s (1987) six principles of the rhizome : Connectedness, heterogeneity, multiplicity, asignifying rupture, cartography and decalcomania to see the relationship between the principles of the rhizome and the sense of closeness in a virtual community. Finally a six by four matrix is proposed for the analysis of various aspects of virtual communities.
Johannes Cronje is Dean of the Faculty of Informatics and Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He has supervised or co-supervised more than 65 doctoral and over 80 Masters’ students. He has published more than 45 academic papers in peer-reviewed journals and has been a visiting professor or visiting scholar at more than six international universities.