Dr. SANTI CABALLE is an Associate Professor and Researcher at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) as well as an Accredited Full Professor by the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU Catalunya). He is also an Academic Director of the Postgraduate Program in the area of Software Engineering at the UOC. He is affiliated with the Department of IT, Multimedia and Telecommunication (IMT) of the UOC, where he teaches on-line courses in the area of Software Engineering and conducts research activity on ICT Education (e-Learning), Collaborative Learning, Software Engineering, and Distributed Computing. He is the Head of the Research Group SMARTLEARN affiliated with the IMT Dept of the UOC .
Dr. Caballé holds Ph.D. (2008), Master’s (2005) and Bachelor’s (2003) degrees in Computing Engineering from the UOC. His teaching activity started in 2004 as an Assistant Professor at the IMT Department of the UOC, where he became Associate Professor in 2006 and Academic Director of the Postgraduate program of Software Engineering in 2010. He received a teaching accreditation as Tenure-track Lecturer issued by AQU Catalunya (2008) and was awarded with teaching merits (“quinquennis”) for the period 2005-2009 under the Docentia program by UOC (2010).
Dr. Caballé was formerly a Research Assistant (2003-2005) at the IN3 research center of the UOC where he became Associate Researcher in 2006, and in 2009 he also became Associate Researcher at the eLearn Center of the UOC. He has been a Pre-doctorate researcher at the International Computer Science Institute (2007-2008, Berkeley, CA, USA) and a Post-doctorate researcher at the Fukuoka Institute of Technology (2013-2014, Fukuoka, Japan). He was awarded with research accreditations as Full Professor (2015) and Tenured Assistant Professor (2012) as well as with research merits (“sexennis”) for the periods 2004-2009 (2010) and 2010-2015 (2016) by AQU Catalunya.
Dr. Caballé has leaded and participated in over 25 research and teaching projects, including leading EU-FP7, EU-FP6, and US-NSF multi-million funded projects, and has been involved in the organization of many international research events. His publication record spans over 200 peer-reviewed publications, including 20 teaching and research books (12 research volumes published by Elsevier, Springer and IGI Global), 50 journal papers (indexed in ISI-JCR and SCOPUS) and over 130 conference papers (published by IEEE Computer Society, Springer and ACM). His research contributions have been widely cited: 200 publications cited 1,200 times in Google Scholar with h-index:18 and i10-index:37; 150 publications cited 600 times in SCOPUS with h-index:12; 88 publications cited 310 times in ISI-WoS with h-index:10. He has been recognized with the UOC Most Quoted Author Award as well as Best Paper Award in several international conferences. Finally, Dr Caballé has been invited to give Keynote talks in international conferences and seminars as well as he serves as an Editorial Board Member and Guest Editor for many journals and books.
Dr. Jordi Conesa is an Associate Professor of Information Systems at Open University of Catalonia. He received his PhD in Software Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia, after a research stay in Georgia State University of Atlanta (US). His research interest concerns the areas of conceptual modelling, ontologies, Semantic Web, knowledge-based systems and e-learning. His long-term goal is to develop methodologies and tools to use ontologies effectively in several application domains, such as conceptual modelling, software engineering and e-learning. He has authored more than 60 research papers, has participated in several research projects, including EU-FP7, CICYT and AVANZA funded projects, and has contributed in the organization of some international conferences and has been program chair and program committee member of several international conferences. Finally, he also serves as external reviewer for many conferences and journals.
Dr. Jorge Miguel received the Bachelor degree in Computer Science Engineering (2002) from the University of Zaragoza. He also holds a university master’s degree in Education and ICT (2011) and a PhD degree in Network and Information Technologies (2015) from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). His professional background embraces 12 years leading departments of Information Technology and Information Security. Since 2006, he has served as lecturer and assistant professor of Information Security at the San Jorge University. Dr. Jorge Miguel’s research interests are focused on e-Learning and Information Security. His research activity is supported by 20 research contributions to several journals and international conferences as well as participating in several research projects at national and European level.
Dr. Modesta Pousada is lecturer at the Psychology and Education Department in the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) since 2001. Her teaching is focussed on Psychological Processes and on Health Psychology, both in graduate and post-graduate programs. Before she joined to the UOC, she worked as researcher and lecturer at the Department of Experimental Psychology in the Barcelona University (1991-2001). There, she was member of the research groups in History of Psychology and in Human Memory, and in 1996 she obtained her PhD in Psychology. Her interest in high education teaching innovation brought her to some postdoctoral courses in on-line education and didactic design and, in the end, gave her the opportunity to join to the UOC. Currently, she is member of Psinet Research Group, aimed to the study of psychological aspects linked to the use of ICT in relation to people’s health and quality of life. She has been awarded by Catalan Quality Agencies for her research and teaching merits, she has participated in research and teaching innovation projects and published books, chapters and papers in topics such as: human memory, on line psychological interventions, quality of life assessment or cognitive decline.
Dr. David Gañán is a computer science engineer specializing in database design and software engineering. He has been working at UOC (Universitat Obert de Catalunya) since 1999, teaching and developing many academic projects inside the e-learning field; particularly, he has actively participated in the ALICE European project for the construction of an adaptive e-learning system. Apart from the research activities he works as a freelance independent professional for third parties, developing all kinds of projects and applications, both desktop, web or mobile ones, primarily using Microsoft .NET technologies.