Marina Umaschi Bers is a professor at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development and an adjunct professor in the Computer Science Department at Tufts University. She heads the interdisciplinary Developmental Technologies research group. Her research involves the design and study of innovative learning technologies to promote children’s positive development.
Prof. Umaschi Bers is from Argentina, where she did her undergraduate studies in Social Communication at Buenos Aires University. In 1994 she came to the US where she received a Master’s degree in Educational Media and Technology from Boston University and a Master of Science and PhD from the MIT Media Laboratory working with Seymour Papert. Prof. Umaschi Bers has three children.
Prof. Umaschi Bers received prestigious awards such as the 2005 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor given by the U.S. government to outstanding investigators at the early stages of their careers, a National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Young Investigator’s Career Award,for her work on virtual communities of learning and care, and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and Scholarship in Learning Technologies.She was also selected by the Boston Business Journal as one of the recipients of its 2015 Women to Watch in Science and Technology awards.
Since the mid 90’s, Prof. Umaschi Bers has conceived and designed diverse technological tools ranging from robotics to virtual worlds. Her recent research focuses on how new technologies such as robotics and programming languages, that extend the possibilities of traditional learning manipulatives, can be successfully used to promote math, science, technology and engineering education in early childhood alongside with socio-emotional development and the arts. For example, she co-developed the ScratchJr programming language in collaboration with Mitch Resnick from the MIT Media Lab and Paula Bonta, from the PICO company. ScratchJr is a free app funded by the National Science Foundation, the Code to Learn Foundation and a very successful Kickstarter campaign.
Prof. Umaschi Bers also developed the KIBO robot kit for children 4 to 7 year old, that can be programmed with wooden blocks without using keyboards or screens old and co-founded a start-up, KinderLab Robotics, Inc that with funding from the National Science Foundation SBIR program, is commercializing KIBO and making available worldwide.
Prof. Umaschi Bers is passionate about using the power of technology to promote positive development and learning for young children. Check out her 2014 TEDx talk “Young programmers — think playgrounds, not playpens”.
Prof. Umaschi Bers teaches seminars and professional development institutes on learning technologies for early childhood educators and does consulting for toy companies and educational organizations that want to take advantage of the power of new technologies for young children. She has conducted studies and done work in after school programs, museums and hospitals, as well as schools and preschools. She has worked in the US, Argentina, Colombia, Spain, Costa Rica, Singapore and Thailand.
Claudia Urrea has over 20 years of experience in the field of Education and Technology. Claudia Urrea is currently working at the Strategic Educational Initiative within the MIT Office of Digital Learning in strategy, management and coordination for the new PreK-12 Initiative. Claudia Urrea has worked at the Interamerican Development Bank as a consultant in the Education Sector, and 5 years at One Laptop Per Child organization as Director of Learning. Her areas of interest include online learning and assessment, curriculum design, preK-12 and higher education, education for developing countries, teacher professional development, educational programming and robotics, and maker education.
Claudia Urrea was born in Colombia, where she received an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from EAFIT University. In the mid 90s, she moved to the US, where she received her Master's degree in Educational Media and Technology from Boston University, and her doctorate degree from the MIT Media Laboratory. Her PhD thesis studied the implications of one to one learning in a rural setting in Latin America. She has helped multiple governments and non-government agencies to empower and support schools and communities of learners to evolve from traditional teaching methods into progressive learning environments.
Dr. Urrea has also a research scientist position with the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. She has taught several classes at the Harvard Summer Program and Early Childhood Development program at Tufts University. She has consulted with international and multi-sectoral organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank and Schlumberger Excellence in Education Development-SEED.
José Carlos Quadrado was born on May 16, 1968, in Lisbon, Portugal. Innovative, good communicator and experienced president of engineering institute and international leader in engineering education worldwide, he holds a full professorship position with tenure on electrical machines in the Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa (ISEL), one of the leading and the oldest reference-engineering public institutes in Portugal. He has a BSc in Energy and Power Systems (1989), a diploma degree in Electrical Engineering, Automation and Industrial Electronics from ISEL (1991), a MSc (1994) and a Doctor degree (2000) in Electrical Engineering and Computers from Lisbon Technical University (UTL). He also holds the Habilitation degree (Aggregation) in Electrical Engineering (2007) from Beira Interior University (UBI). Holds the position of president elect of the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI), past president of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) and the position of past president of the Ibero-American Engineering Education Association (ASIBEI), and past vice-president of the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI). Being a former National Bologna Expert Group member he leads the Portuguese Observatory on Strategic Management Best Practices as well as the National Association of Engineering Deans. Senior member of several engineering societies and engineering education societies in several continents, he is also a visiting professor in many universities around the world. Currently he is also the president of a research and project center on electrical machines control and applications (CIPROMEC) and is member of the board of a high tech development company (LÓGICA). He holds over 100 international publications (including journals and chapters of books), several patents and some international technical prizes and scholarships, and also occupied the position of editor and editor-in-chief in some journals. Up to now he has also developed several international engineering education projects as well as some engineering projects in the fields of renewable energy, fuel cells, electrical vehicles and intelligent control.
|21 Oct 2017||Abstract submission, Proposals for Special Sessions|
|30 Oct 2017||Invitation to submit complete paper|
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|22 Dec 2017||Notification of Acceptance|
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|17 Apr 2018||Pre-conference Workshops|
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