I am a senior researcher at the Serious Games Institute. My background is in Computer Science and I work on several EU funded projects in the area of serious games game based learning, and medical education.
My professional and research interests are centred around emerging web technologies, Intelligent and/or adaptive web-based systems, Semantic Web, Web-services, Authoring of web-based system for non-engineers, Educational Systems, Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL), course creation in e-learning systems by educational authors, Serious Games and Games based learning as well as the impacts of emerging web-based technologies and knowledge management techniques on bio-medical research.
From 2006 till 2010
I was a PhD researcher
, at the Department of Computer Science, the University of Warwick.
My Supervisor was Dr A.I. Cristea
. I was a member of the
Intelligent and Adaptive Systems group.
During my time at Warwick I was chair of the Staff Student Liaison Committee, and was involved in several Committees, in Peer reviewing and worked on the GRAPPLE
research international projects.
Publications resulting from my PhD
It is well-known that students benefit from personalised attention. However, frequently
teachers are unable to provide this, most often due to time constraints. An Adaptive
Hypermedia system can offer a richer learning experience, by giving personalised
attention to students. The authoring process, however, is time consuming and cumbersome.
My PhD research explored the two main aspects to authoring of Adaptive Hypermedia: authoring of content and
adaptive behaviour. The research proposed possible solutions, to overcome the hurdles
towards acceptance of Adaptive Hypermedia in education.
Automation methods can help authors, for example, teachers could create linear lessons and
our prototype can add content alternatives for adaptation.
Creating adaptive behaviour is more complex. Rule-based systems, XML-based conditional
inclusion, Semantic Web reasoning and reusable, portable scripting in a programming
language have been proposed. These methods all require specialised knowledge. Hence
authoring of adaptive behaviour is difficult and teachers cannot be expected to create such
strategies. My PhD research investigated three ways to address this issue: Reusability, Standardisation and Visualisation.