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Athabasca University

 

Dr. Vive Kumar

Professor - School of Computing and Information Systems

Email: vive@athabascau.ca

Secondary Email: vivek@athabascau.ca

Phone#: 1.780.929.6979

Toll-free Phone#: 1.866.213.8215

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Education | Teaching Responsibilities | Academic Experience | Consultant Experience | Industry Experience | Professional Memberships | Awards and Achievements | Research Profiles and Interests | Publications | Research Supervision | Current Projects | Link to Personal Webpage
  • Three conference papers on Music Analytics, Sentiment Analysis and Data Analytics are being presented in July at ICALT 2018, Mumbai, India.
  • Prototype development commences in July regarding a provisional patent on video transmission. 
  • Development on junior hockey analytics restarts in July.

For more information, please visit: http://vivek.athabascau.ca

Education

  • PhD Computer Science (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)
  • MCA Computer Science Applications (Bharathiar University, India)
  • BSc Physics with Mathematics and Chemistry minors (Bharathiar University, India)

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Teaching Responsibilities

  • COMP695 - Research Methods
  • COMP683 - Learning and Knowledge Analytics
  • COMP495/496 - Computer and Information Systems Project
  • COMP494 - Research Methods
  • COMP308 - Java for Programmers

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Academic Experience

  • Research Assistant, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Senior Lecturer, Massey University, New Zealand 
  • Associate Professor, Athabasca University, Canada
  • Professor, Athabasca University, Canada

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Consultant Experience

  • Fellow, United Nations Develop Programme, University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • Manager/Analyst, Asian Development Bank Project, Open University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
  • Product Owner, Music Analytics, Vienna Boys Choir, Austria
  • Consultant, Neuromusic research, University of Zurich, Switzerland 

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Industry Experience

  • Scientist, Centre for development of advanced computing, Mumbai, India
  • Senior Software Engineer, Axes Technologies, Dallas, TX, USA
  • Analyst/Manager, International Road Dynamics, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
  • President & CEO, Smart Informatics Ltd., Edmonton, AB, Canada

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Professional Memberships

  • Senior Member, IEEE
  • Member, IAIED (Artificial Intelligence in Education)

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Awards and Achievements

  • July 2014, Best Full Paper Award for Boulanger D., Seanosky J., Kumar V., Kinshuk, Panneerselvam K., Somasundaram T.S. (2014), Optimizing learning through smart causal analytics on learning (SCALE). Conference on Smart Learning Environments, pp. 275-282
  • May 2001, Best Computer Science Graduate Award of 2001 at the University of Saskatchewan
  • Apr 1997, Best Paper Award for Collins J.A., Greer J.E., Kumar V., McCalla G.I., Meagher P., Tkatch R. (1997), Inspectable User Models for Just-In-Time Workplace Training. UM’97, the Sixth International Conference on User Modeling, pp. 327–337
  • Sep 1995, NSERC Graduate Scholarship, University of Saskatchewan
  • Dec 1992, Fellow of the United Nations Development Program, Learning Research and Development Centre, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • Jan 1992, Best Paper Award for Kumar V., Srinivas P., and Anjaneyulu K.S.R., A Review of Techniques in Intelligent Language Tutoring Systems. East-West Conference on Emerging Technologies in Education, Moscow, Russia, 1992, pp. n/a
  • May 1990, First Rank among Master of Computer Application students at Bharathiar University, India
  • May 1987, Third Rank among Bachelor of Science students at Bharathiar University, India

 

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Research Profiles and Interests

Imagine a software agent that calls your computer its home, helps you to study better, be your friend, and motivates you to act in your long-term best interest, consistent with your own deepest values, personal, social, and other standards.

My research aims to build, deploy, and evaluate a suite of such agents called anthropomorphic agents that mimic and do better on human-like traits to assist learners in their regulatory tasks. Further, these agents will self-regulate, as well as causally model their own anthropomorphic traits such as initiative and subject matter competence in order to inspire high level of trust, shared perspective, and entitativity, thus increasing the learners’ willingness to view them as competent partner for co-regulation and to inspire learners to make the optimal regulatory changes.

To sustain and to succeed in performing such tasks, the agents rely on big data learning analytics techniques where:

  1.  sensors continuously observe study episodes of learners,
  2.  distributed ontologies continuously instantiate study activities,
  3.  causal models continuously establish relationships among study experiences,
  4.  high performance platforms continuously offer real-time computing resources, and
  5.  pedagogical models continuously look for ways to motivate, engage, classify, learn, and promote subject knowledge and study skills.

These agents aim to attune themselves to the needs of an individual learner or a group of learners, over life, to optimise learning experiences.

Areas

Artificial Intelligence in Education

  • Big Data Learning Analytics
  • Intelligent Tutors and Smart Objects
  • User Modelling and Model Tracing

Self-Regulated and Co-Regulated Learning

  • Computational Models of self- and co-regulation
  • Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning
  • Computational Models of Grit

Human-Computer Interaction

  • Mixed-Initiative
  • Real-time feedback and regulation

Causal Modelling

  • Knowledge Engineering, Representation, and Reasoning
  • Game-based causality
  • Longitudinal and Observational causal models
  • Discovery of causal models

Technology-Enhanced Teaching, Learning, and Research

  • Big Data Learning Analytics
  • Intelligent Tutors and Smart Objects
  • User Modelling and Model Tracing

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Publications

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Research Supervision

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Current Projects

  • Junior Hockey Analytics (IoT sensors, data analytics)
  • Music Analytics (IoT sensors, AI, teaching analytics, RNN)
  • Sentiment Analysis (AI)
  • Privacy in Healthcare (AI, Open Data, Open Research, Open Science, HTTPA)
  • Video transmission (AI, SDN)
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality (Self-regulation, Co-Regulation, training, assessment, complex representations, AI)
  • Healthcare Analytics (ADHD diagnosis, WLD diagnosis, RNN, NN, AI)
  • Bioinformatics (AI, bigdata, Bayesian reasoning and machine learning)
  • Research Productivitiy (lean and agile methods, data analytics)
  • Traffic Flow Optimization (AI, Bayesian reasoning, data analytics)
  • Workflow Analysis (Alfresco, Moodle, AI)
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Link to Personal Webpage

http://vivek.athabascau.ca

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