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2021 Plenary Speakers

Speaker I

Prof. Yanjiao Chen, Zhejiang University, China

Biography: Yanjiao Chen received her B.E.degree in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University in July 2010 and her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in January 2015. During May 2015 to April 2016, Dr. Chen has been working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto. Dr. Chen is currently a Bairen Researcher in the College of Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University. From May 2016 to Dec. 2020, Dr. Chen worked as a Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Wuhan University. Her research interests include wireless network resource allocation, Internet-of-Things and network security. She served on the editorial board of IEEE Wireless Communications Letters. She also served as TPC member for IEEE INFOCOM, ICNP, IWQoS, Globecom and so on.


Speaker II

Assoc. Prof. Eric C.K. Cheng, The Education University of Hong Kong, China

Speech Title: Barriers to Hong Kong Schools for Embracing Artificial Intelligence

Abstract: Artificial intelligence (AI) incorporation in school education is increasingly explored with varied publicity. Despite many school leaders, policymakers, and frontline teachers understand the need to embrace AI in education (AIED), there remain significant challenges in its incorporation process. This presentation will report an explorative study to identify barriers to the incorporation of AIED in school education. Three critical directions of AIED were recognised: Learning from AI, Learning about AI, and Learning with AI. A case study was conducted to explore the barriers to incorporating AIED in Hong Kong schools pursuing different directions. Qualitative data were gathered via ten semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders from two schools. Ertmer’s (1999) typology was applied to segregate the barriers. The findings showed both first-order, and second-order barriers existed, and the barriers varied between the cases. These findings provide essential information to school for formulating strategies for AIED. Further study should be conducted to trace the links between barriers and prioritise school efforts to tackle these obstacles.


Biography: Dr. Eric Cheng is a specialist in educational management, knowledge management and Lesson Study. He is currently associate professor of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction of the Education University of Hong Kong. He is now serving as a school manager of Pentecostal Yu Leung Fat Primary School, C.C.C. Tam Lee Lai Fun Memorial Secondary School and E.L.C.H.K. Lutheran Secondary School. He is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Educational Administration and Policy Studies (IJEAPS), a visiting scholar of Nagoya University, Aichi University of Education and Budapest Metropolitan University, an external examiner of The Open University of Hong Kong on the Master of Education programme and doctoral thesis examiner of Nottingham University on Doctor of Education program.

Eric earned his Doctor of Education in education management from the University of Leicester. His publication covers the areas of school management, Learning Study and knowledge management. He is the author of an academic book entitled Knowledge Management for School Education published in 2015 by Springer.

Eric has been successful in launching more than 10 research and development projects with external and competitive funds in the capacity of Principal Investigator (PI). He is a PI of a Research Grants Council GRF funded project. He was a PI of University Grants Committee funded Communities of Practices project, Quality Education Fund project, and Standing Committee on Language Education and Research project.

He received the Knowledge Transfer Project Award from HKIEd in 2014-15, Scholarship of Teaching Award in 2013-14 and Knowledge Transfer publication Awards in 2012-13 form Faculty of Human Development of HKIEd.


2022 Plenary Speakers

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