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Athabasca University

 

Dr. Dragan Gasevic

Professor, Canada Research Chair in Semantic and Learning Technologies - School of Computing and Information Systems

Email: dragang@athabascau.ca

Secondary Email: dgasevic@acm.org

Toll-free Phone#: 1 866 568 7805

Education | Teaching Responsibilities | Academic Experience | Professional Memberships | Awards and Achievements | Research Profiles and Interests | Publications | Research Supervision | Current Projects | Recently Completed Projects | Link to Personal Webpage

Education

2003- 2004 University of Belgrade, Serbia PhD in Computer Science (Thesis: Petri Net Ontology)
2000- 2002 University of Belgrade, Serbia MSc in Software Engineering and Computer Engineering (Thesis: Universal Markup of Upgraded Petri Nets)
1995- 2000 Military Technical Academy, Belgrade, Serbia Diploma (5-year B.Sc. degree with thesis) in Computer Science (Thesis: Petri nets . A Tool for Modeling Complex Processes)
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Teaching Responsibilities

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Academic Experience

January 2009 - present Athabasca University, Canada Canada Research Chair in Semantic Technologies, School of Computing and Information Systems
July 2009 - present Athabasca University, Canada Associate Professor, School of Computing and Information Systems
January 2009 - December 2012 Athabasca University, Canada Alberta Ingenuity Professor, School of Computing and Information Systems
January 2007- June 2009
Athabasca University, Canada Assistant Professor, School of Computing and Information Systems
January 2007- present Simon Fraser University Surrey, Canada Adjunct Professor, School of Interactive Arts and Technology
March 2005- January 2007 Simon Fraser University Surrey, Canada Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Interactive Arts and Technology, involved in the LORNET project funded by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
January 2001- March 2005 University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia Researcher, GOOD OLD AI Research Group, Department of Software Engineering, Faculty of Organizational Sciences
October 2002- March 2005 University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science, Military Academy
October 2000- October 2002 University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia Teaching assistant, Department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science, Military Academy
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Professional Memberships

  • ACM member since 2003
    • SIGSOFT member (2004-2010)
  • IEEE Computer Society member since 2006
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Awards and Achievements

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Research Profiles and Interests

  • Semantic technologies
  • Software language engineering
  • Service-oriented architectures
  • Software product lines
  • Technology-enhanced learning
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Publications

Up-to-date list of publication is available here.

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Research Supervision

Postdoctoral Fellows

Supervisor – On-Going

  • Marko Bošković –Topic: Software Product Lines and Semantically-enabled Service-oriented architectures, School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University, 2009 – present
  • Amal Zouaq – Topic: Service-oriented architecture for ontology learning: techniques, tools, and methodologies, School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University, 2010 – present (Postdoctoral Award from Le Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies – FQRNT)
  • Faezeh Ensan - Topic: Ontology-based validation for learning content authoring, School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University, 2010 – present
  • Zoran Jeremić - Topic: Ontology-based adaptive systems for workplace learning, School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University, 2010 – present

Co-Supervisor – Competed

  • Carlo Torniai –Topic: Integrating the Semantic Web and Collaborative Tagging in e-Learning Environments, Simon Fraser University, 2007 – 2008 (with Prof. M Hatala at Simon Fraser University)

PhD students

Co-Supervisor– On-Going

  • Ivana Ognjanović, PhD in Information Systems, Topic: Optimization Techniques for Staged Configuration of Software Product Lines, 2009 – present (with Prof. Jelena Jovanović at the University of Belgrade)
  • Liaqat Ali – PhD in Information Technology, Topic: Improving motivation factors with the assistance of semantic technologies in organizational and collaborative learning, 2009 – present (with Prof. Marek Hatala at Simon Fraser University)
  • Mohsen Asadi – PhD in Information Technology, Topic: Semantic Technologies for Families of Service-oriented Architectures, 2009 – present (with Prof. Marek Hatala at Simon Fraser University)
  • Bardia Mohabbati – PhD in Information Technology, Topic: Semantic Technologies for Families of Service-oriented Architectures, 2008 – present (with Prof. Marek Hatala at Simon Fraser University)
  • Nuno Ferreira – PhD in Computer Science, Topic: Multi-staged Domain Specific Modeling for Software Product Lines: An Insurance Ontology Analysis, University of Mihno (MAP-I Doctoral Programme in Computer Science), 2008 – present (with Prof. Ricardo J. Machado at University of Minho)
  • Melody Siadaty – PhD in Information Technology, Topic: Semantic Web for Collaborative Mobile Learning, Simon Fraser University, 2007 – present (with Prof. Marek Hatala at Simon Fraser University)
  • Milan Milanović – PhD in Information Systems, Thesis: A Methodology for Developing Policy-Driven Service-Oriented Architectures, University of Belgrade, 2007 – present (with Prof. Vladan Devedzic at the University of Belgrade)
  • Timmy Eap – PhD in Information Technology, Thesis: Identify management and privacy, School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University, 2006 – present (with Prof. Marek Hatala at Simon Fraser University)
  • Saša Nešić – PhD in Computer Science, Thesis: Semantic models of collaborative learning authoring, University of Lugano, 2006 – present (with Prof. Mehdi Jazayeri at the University of Lugano)

Co-Supervisor/Adviser – Completed

  • Florian Lautenbacher – PhD in Computer Science, Thesis: Semantic Business Process Modeling: Principles, Design Support, and Realization, 2008 – 2009 (with Prof. Bernhard Bauer at Faculty of Applied Computer Science, University of Augsburg, Germany)
  • Zoran Jeremić – PhD in Information Systems, Thesis: Semantic-Rich Collaborative Learning of Software Design Patters, University of Belgrade, 2007 – 2009  (with Prof. Jelena Jovanović at the University of Belgrade)
  • Jelena Jovanović – PhD in Computer Science, Thesis: Adaptive Learning on the Semantic Web, University of Belgrade (with Prof. Vladan Devedzic at the University of Belgrade) – 2005 – 2007
  • Dragan Djurić – PhD in Computer Science, Thesis: Models of the Semantic Web, University of Belgrade (with Prof. Vladan Devedzic at the University of Belgrade)  – 2004 – 2006

Master’s Students

Supervisor – On-Going

  • Rob Jenzen - M.Sc. in Information Systems, Topic: Semantic technologies for sequence pattern mining in distributed learning environments, School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University, 2010 – present
  • Ghislain Hachey, Topic: Semantic Web User Interfaces: A Qualitative Literature Survey, School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University, 2010 – present
  • Esan Murugesupillai - M.Sc. in Information Systems, Topic: A Qualitative Survey for Approaches Bridging between Software Product Lines and Service-oriented Architectures, School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University, 2010 – present
  • Lisa Cox - M.Sc. in Information Systems, Topic: Feature-Oriented Domain Analysis (FODA) for Semantic Web Services, School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University, 2010 – present
  • Anthony Lenihan – M.Sc. in Information Systems, Topic: Semi-structured English for capturing business rules, School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University, 2010 – present
  • Lisa Cox – M.Sc. in Information Systems, Topic: Feature-oriented domain Analysis for semantic Web services, School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University, 2010 – present
  • Vid Prezel – M.Sc. in Information Systems, Topic: Comparative representational analysis of process and rule modeling languages, School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University, 2009 – present
  • Simon Timms – M.Sc. in Information Systems, Topic: Business Process Modeling and Software Product Lines, School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University, 2008 – present
  • Alan Savjord – M.Sc. in Information Systems, Topic: Metadata Schema Framework Structure for Ontology Integration, School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University, 2007 – present
  • Ross Barrett – M.Sc. in Information Systems, Topic: Relating Declared and Discovered Data through Semantic Technologies: On Ontology for OVAL Based Data Collection, School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University, 2009 – present
  • Luis Rocha – M.Sc. in Information Systems, Topic: Rule Enhanced Business Process Modeling of Service Oriented Architectures, School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University, 2009 – present

Supervisor – Completed

  • Jeff Rusk – M.Sc. Information Systems, Topic: Semantic Web Services for Software Product Lines, School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University, 2007 – 2009
  • Akhil Shankardass  –  M.Sc. in Information Systems, Topic: Aspect-oriented Programming in SOAs, School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University, 2008 – 2009
  • Liaqat Ali – M.Sc. in Information Systems, Topic: Use of Ontologies and Wikis in Eliciting Software Requirements, Athabasca University, 2008 – 2009
  • Serguei Zamjitski – M.Sc. Information Systems, Topic: Towards Model-Driven Service-Oriented Architectures: A Survey and Future Trends, School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University, 2007 – 2008
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Current Projects

  • Intelligent Learning Extended Organization: IntelLEO (Status: On-going; Period: 2009-2011; Funding: European Commission) – The objective of InteLEO is to explore how the responsiveness of learning environments in an organization can be radically enhanced by innovative Service-Oriented Architecture-based solutions. The European partners are: ATB (Germany) – Coordinator, Volkswagen AG (Germany); Tallinn University, Centre for Educational Technology (Estonia); Estonian Association of Professional Teachers (Estonia); Zentrum für Soziale Innovation (Austria); ATOS Original (Spain); Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Belgrade (Serbia); and INI d.o.o. (Serbia).
  • Test Case Generation for Service-oriented Architectures (Status: On-going; Period: June 2010 – December 2010; Budget total: $24,978, NSERC; Program: Engage). With Prof. Ebrahim Bagheri as the co-principle investigator.
  • Semantic Technologies for Integrating Environments used in Learning of Programming Languages (Status: On-going; Period: May – September 2010, Budget total: $6000; Funding: Athabasca University – Mission Critical Research). With Prof. Vive Kumar as the co-principle investigator.
  • Model-Driven Development of Families of Semantically-enabled Service-oriented Architectures (Status: Approved: Period: 2009-2011; Budget total: $288,860.00; Funding: Alberta Ingenuity) - Funded by Alberta Ingenuity in the New Faculty Award program, the main goal of this project is to provide a set of software engineering methods for developing families of semantically-enabled SOAs.
  • Infrastructure for Research in Semantic Technologies (Status: On-going; Period: 2009; Budget total: $74,918, Funding: CFI). The project is approved in the scope of the CFI’s Leaders Opportunity Fund to support the research of Canada Research Chair-Tier II in Semantic Technologies
  • Toward Model-Driven Semantic Web Engineering (Status: On-Going; Budget total: $75,000; Period: 2008-2012; Funding: NSERC) - The goal of the NSERC Discovery-Indivitual grant is to support investigatation synergies between model-driven engineering (a novel software engineering discipline) and the Semantic Web.
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Recently Completed Projects

  • Dynamic Learning Content Adaptation using a Software Product Line Approach (Status: Past; Period: May – September 2010, Budget total: $6000; Funding: Athabasca University – Mission Critical Research). Prof. Ebrahim Bagheri is the principle investigator.
  • Ontology-based Development of Ubiquitous Software Systems (Status: Past; Budget total: $6,991.00, Period: 2008-2009; Funding: Athabasca University - Mission Critical Research) Existing approaches to ubiquitous management of personal information do not enable the adaptive selection and composition of different software services (or components) based on user goals and device capabilities. This project addresses this concern by combining software product lines (a proven software engineering approach) with Semantic Web ontologies (a technology for knowledge sharing).
  • Semantically-enabled e-Learning (Status: Past; Budget total: $9,900.00; Period: May 2008; Funding: CIDA) - A short-term project within the Partnerships for Tomorrow Program Phase II (PTP II), funded by the Canadian International Development Agency and administered by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. The project will seek to build a sustainable Canada-Serbia research community in the domain of semantically enabled e-learning (e.g., identified EU as the future of technology enhanced learning in its roadmap for 2007-2013) among research institutions and funding bodies .
  • Towards Ontology Development Tools for E-Learning Systems: A Survey (Status: Past; Period: 2007-2008; Budget total: $6840.00; Funding: Athabasca University - Mission Critical Research). The project surveys how course authors and university course instructor could create/reuse course domain ontologies by using ontology (visual) editors, (semi-)automatic ontology learning tools, and repositories of ontologies.
  • Modeling policies in e-learning systems (Status: Past; Budget total: $7000.00; Period: June-Aug 2007; Funding: Athabasca University - Mission Critical Research Fund) This project targets the design of a general modeling language for policies to be used by learning design authors as well as combining the policy language with already used learning design languages.
  • Deriving Semantics from Learning Contexts (Status: Past; Budget total: $10,000.00; Period: Aug- Sept 2007; Funding: CIDA) - A short-term project within the Partnerships for Tomorrow Program Phase II (PTP II), funded by the Canadian International Development Agency and administered by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. The project investigated the use of semantic modeling and ontologies for tracking usage data in learning management systems such as Moodle. The project is done in cooperation with SFU and the University of Belgrade.
  • Sharing Learning Designs: Semantic Prototyping (Status: Past; Budget total: $9870.00; Period: July- Aug 2006; Funding: CIDA) - A short-term project within the Partnerships for Tomorrow Program Phase II (PTP II), funded by the Canadian International Development Agency and administered by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. The project should develop a prototype for sharing learning designs based on semantic modeling and ontologies. The project is done in cooperation with the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Belgrade. The project also has to strengthen further cooperation between the LORNET Research Network, the EU IST ProLearn Network of Excellence, and the Web Intelligence and E-Learning project.
  • LORNET (Status: On-Going; Period: 2003-2008, Budget total: $7.5M, Funding: NSERC) – A project is funded by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada. LORNET research is organized around 6 themes (Télé-université Montreal, Simon Fraser University, University of Saskatchewan, University of Waterloo, University of Ottawa, École Polytechnique de Montréal), each grouping 3 to 6 projects. The main goal of LORNET is to build new knowledge in computer science and cognitive science to help design and develop the architectures, the tools and the methods to maximize the usability, the efficiency and the usefulness of a network of learning objects repositories (LOR) for education, training and knowledge management. Dragan Gašević is working was a Principal Investigator on LORNET Theme 1 whose the prime objective is to research and prototype interoperability mechanisms that will promote efficient discovery, transport and aggregation of disparate learning object repositories into a unified global multilingual and multimedia network of E-Learning content. This research investigates the components of the computational infrastructure for an ecosystem of distributed, ubiquitous, autonomous, and personalized learning objects that might be deployed over a variety of stationary and mobile devices. Here are some of the projects:
    • Multiple ontology for learning object retrieval
    • Ontology mappings for bridging local taxonomies
    • An ontology based framework for connecting learning design and learning content
    • Automatic ontology mappings
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Link to Personal Webpage

http://dragang.athabascau.ca

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