Workshop Invited Speaker

Education in the Age of Social Computing

Irwin King

Department of Computer Science and Engineering
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • [June 26, 2009, misc | www]
    Irwin King, Education in the Age of Social Computing, Invited Keynote at the International Workshop on Multimedia Technologies for Education (IWMTE2009),Taipei, Taiwan: , June 26, 2009.


The education landscape has undergone a subtle but significant paradigm shift with the introduction of Social Computing. With the advent of Web 2.0, Social Computing has become an innovative model in ways we communicate, teach, learn, and educate. In this talk, I will first introduce Social Computing and its various platforms such as blogs, wikis, mashups, social bookmarks, etc. and how they can be used in the education environment for teaching and learning. Specific applications in each of the platform will be presented to further demonstrate the use of these new technologies to enhance education in various ways. Specifically, I plan to elaborate on m-learning as the new convergence of various hardware and software technologies to make education even more ubiquitous. Lastly, we will discuss some current challenges and potential future promises of Social Computing in education.

Brief Profile

Dr. King's research interests include machine learning, web intelligence & social computing, and multimedia processing. In these research areas, he has over 160 technical publications in journals (JMLR, ACM TOIS, IEEE TNN, Neurocomputing, NN, IEEE BME, PR, IEEE SMC, JAMC, JASIST, IJPRAI, DSS, etc.) and conferences (NIPS, IJCAI, CIKM, SIGIR, KDD, PAKDD, ICDM, WWW, WI/IAT, WCCI, IJCNN, ICONIP, ICDAR, etc.). In addition, he has contributed over 20 book chapters and edited volumes. Moreover, Dr. King has over 30 research and applied grants. One notable system he has developed is the CUPIDE (Chinese University Plagiarism IDentification Engine) system, which detects similar sentences and performs readability analysis of text-based documents in both English and in Chinese to promote academic integrity and honesty.

Dr. King is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks (TNN) and IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine (CIM). He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Open Information Systems Journal, Journal of Nonlinear Analysis and Applied Mathematics, and Neural Information Processing–Letters and Reviews Journal (NIP-LR). He has also served as Special Issue Guest Editor for Neurocomputing, International Journal of Intelligent Computing and Cybernetics (IJICC), Journal of Intelligent Information Systems (JIIS), and International Journal of Computational Intelligent Research (IJCIR). He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ACM, International Neural Network Society (INNS), and Asian Pacific Neural Network Assembly (APNNA). Currently, he is serving the Neural Network Technical Committee (NNTC) and the Data Mining Technical Committee under the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (formerly the IEEE Neural Network Society). He is also a Vice-President and Governing Board Member of the Asian Pacific Neural Network Assembly (APNNA).

Dr. King joined the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1993. He received his B.Sc. degree in Engineering and Applied Science from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

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