May 9, 2016

Team members

cisis1 Prof. Santi Caballé is a Full Professor of Learning Engineering and co-Director of the eLearning Research Program (eLRP) at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). He is affiliated with the Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications (EIMT) of the UOC, where he teaches on-line courses in the area of Software Engineering and conducts research activity on Learning Engineering, e-Learning, Distributed Computing and Software Engineering.

Prof. 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 EIMT Department of the UOC, where he became Associate Professor in 2006 and Full Professor in 2017. He also was an Academic Director of the Postgraduate program of Software Engineering (2010-2017). Prof. Caballé received a teaching accreditation as Tenure-track Lecturer issued by AQU Catalunya (2008) and was awarded with Teaching Merits(“quinquennis”) for the periods 2005-2009 and 2010-2014 under the Docentia program by UOC. He has supervised 4 PhD Thesis as well as many Master Thesis.

Prof. 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) as well as a Post-doctorate researcher at the Fukuoka Institute of Technology (2013-2014, Fukuoka, Japan) and at the School of Information technologies of the University of Sydney (2017, Sydney, Australia). He was awarded with research accreditations as Full Professor (2015) and Tenured Assistant Professor (2012) as well as with 3 Research Merits (“sexennis”) for the periods 2004-2009, 2010-2015 and 2016-2021 by AQU Catalunya. He is currently the Head of the Research Group SMARTLEARN devoted to Learning Engineering and the intensive use of ICT to enhance any form of eLearning.

Prof. Caballé has leaded and participated in over 30 research and teaching projects, including leading European multi-million funded projects, and has been involved in the organization of many international research events. His publication record spans over 250 peer-reviewed publications, including 15 books (published by Elsevier, Springer and IGI), 55 journal papers (indexed in ISI-JCR and SCOPUS) and over 150 conference papers (published by IEEE Computer Society and Springer). His research contributions have been widely cited: over 230 publications cited 3,200 times in Google Scholar with h-index:27 and i10-index:82 and 170 publications cited 1,700 times in SCOPUS with h-index:18.  He has been recognized with the UOC Most Quoted Author Award as well as Best Paper Award in several international conferences. Finally, Prof. Caballé has been invited as Keynote Speaker in international conferences as well as he usually serves as an Editorial Board Member and Guest Editor for journals and books. Visit full Prof. Caballé’s CV.

Dr. Jordi Conesa is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. 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. According to publications, he has contributed to over 90 research publications, 25 of them indexed journal papers (13 in ISI-JCR, the others in SCOPUS) and 2 books co-edited, act as a reviewer for different conferences and journals in the eLearning field and served as a co-chair in different international conferences and special issues of ISI-JCR journals.

Dr. Joan Casas-Roma is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, where he works on AI and ethics in the context of online education. He received his PhD in Knowledge and Information Society from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya on the areas of formal logic and philosophy of mind, after two research stays at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation of Amsterdam (Netherlands) and the Logic and Epistemology Group of the Rhur University Bochum (Germany). After his PhD defense, he joined the EU-FP7 funded project The Metamakers at Falmouth University (UK) as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, where he worked on the study of artificial morality and the computational representation of ethical systems in the context of digital games. Afterwards he moved into a Lecturer position at the same university, teaching and leading different modules on computing, theory and design for digital games. His research interests concern the areas of AI and ethics, particularly artificial morality, as well as different topics in philosophy of AI. He has published several papers in international conferences and journals, participated in national research projects in collaboration with other universities, and has participated in the organization and chairing of various conferences.

Dr. David GañánDavidGanan is a computer science engineer specialized in database design and software engineering. He has been working at 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 FP7 European project for the construction of an adaptive e-learning system and in the  H2020 European TESLA project as contracted software developer of adaptive trust e-assessment learning systems. 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. Hi is currently the CEO at the software development company DeltaDev based in Barcelona.

Dr. Nicola Capuano is a computer scientist with a primary research interest in Artificial Intelligence in Education, Fuzzy Systems, Knowledge Representation and Deep Learning. He is the author of several publications in scientific journals, conference proceedings and books on these topics. He is scientific referee and member of editorial boards for international journals and conferences. He works as an Assistant Professor at the School of Engineering of the University of Basilicata. He was Research Assistant and Scientific Officer at the Department of Information Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics (DIEM) of the University of Salerno. He also worked as Project Manager and Scientific Consultant for research organisations like the Research Centre in Pure and Applied Mathematics (CRMPA) as well as for private companies like MOMA SpA.

Dr. Antonio Sarasa obtained an MSc. degree in Mathematics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), a BSc. degree in Computer Science from the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, MSc. degree in Computer Science from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and PhD. in Computer Science from UCM. He is currently an Associate Professor at the UCM’s Computing Systems and Computation Department. His research is focused on the language-oriented development of XML-processing applications, and on the development of applications in the fields of digital humanities and e-Learning. He is a member of a Research Group on Implementation of Language-Driven Software and Applications (ILSA) at the UCM. His research results have been published in over 50 research papers, conferences and book chapters. He collaborated with RED.ES in the construction of AGREGA, the first federated repository of learning objects built in Spain. Currently, he is a member of the AENOR CTN 36 committee.

modesta-pousadaDr. Modesta Pousada is lecturer at the Psychology and Education Department in the Universitat Obert de Catalunya (UOC) since 2001. Her teaching is focused 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 also 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.

Francesc Santanach has a Bachelor degree in Computer Science Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. He currently works in the eLearn Center, the e-learning research and innovation center of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). He is in charge of e-learning laboratory (eLearn Lab) at UOC, providing the infrastructure and the set of instruments needed for experimentation in real classrooms. He is also in charge of the Learning Analytics infrastructure, providing a data analytics service for research and innovation projects at UOC. He runs national and international projects in the field of learning technologies, learning resources, learning standards, interoperability and learning analytics. Previously, he was responsible for the design and technical architecture of the UOC’s Virtual Campus, and for the interoperability and integration of e-learning solution and educational resources. He has also been a researcher in the e-learning field, author of learning materials and Instructor at UOC.

JorgeMiguelDr. 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 Universitat Obert de Catalunya. 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 reputed journals and international conferences as well as he has participated in several research projects at national and European level.

Dr. Michalis Feidakis holds a PhD in Affective Computing & Learning (University of Aegean), an MSc in Multimedia and Internet Computing (Loughborough University, UK) and a Degree in Informatics (Athens University of Economics). He belongs to the teaching stuff of the Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering of University of West Attica (UNIWA). He works as a senior researcher at the UniWA CoNSeRT Lab. The last 15 years, he has coordinated several EU and Asian-European Network (AEC-Net) projects, both research and school. He has an extensive teaching experience in all grades of education (Primary, Secondary & Higher Education) and Professional Training as well. In the past, he had an advisory role in the Information Society Office of the Ministry of Education (2004-2008), while he has also served as the National Coordinator of Asia-Europe Classroom Network (AEC-Net). His research focus is on the Affective Computing domain with applications in Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), holding several publications in national and international journals and conferences.