Name: Seiji Isotani
Organisation: Human-Computer Interaction Institute - Carnegie Mellon University
Country: United States
I am a researcher working with intelligent educational technologies. Technology-enhanced learning is becoming the cornerstone for helping students to learn more adequately and effectively (robust learning). It also has helped teachers discover better ways to improve their instructional methods and meet students’ needs in the 21st century. My scientific and social mission converges into a single goal which is to enable the realization of AAAL, Anytime, Anywhere, Anybody Learning, using the power of technology and creating a synergy between the virtual world (WWW) and the real world. This will, in a near future, create better and more personalized “classrooms” and learning environments that my (and your) kids and the kids of my kids will use to learn and have fun! Thus far, my research career have been devoted to develop and test Web-based intelligent authoring and tutoring systems. Authoring systems to support teachers and tutoring systems to support students. By equipping these systems with “intelligence” we remove distractions and extra work to setup the learning environment and thereby enabling teachers and students to concentrate on what is important; which is share and build their knowledge collaboratively. I also have been working on designing learning materials, testing computer-based educational tools and validating pedagogical approaches supported by technology. My publications are tightly related with the following topics: CSCL, Semantic Web, ontologies, authoring tools, interactive learning environments and intelligent tutoring systems. I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow affiliated with the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in USA. Before working at CMU I held a research position at the Department of Knowledge Systems (Mizoguchi laboratory) of ISIR – Osaka University, Japan. I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Science from the University of Sao Paulo (USP), Brazil. After that, I studied for a year focusing on Ontologies and Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning. And then, I enrolled in the Graduate School of Engineering at Osaka University where I obtained a Ph.D. degree in Information Engineering.