Keynote lectures

Mr Niel McLean

Mr Niel McLean: Head of Centre, Futurelab Research at National Foundation for Educational Research, the largest and most prestigious in-depended research and policy influencing body in the UK. The Futurelab at NFER is committed to developing creative and innovative approaches to education, teaching and learning to inspire, challenge and engage all young people in rich and rewarding learning experiences that will equip them with the essential skills and attitudes for life, learning and work in the 21st Century. The Futurelab research focus is educational innovation, including new approaches to learning through the innovative use of technology.

Lecture title: Future scenarios for tomorrow’s classroom


“The session will begin with a broad exploration of the aims of a digital curriculum.  It will then build on the work of Professor Paul Black to develop a pedagogical model for using interactive resources.  Finally the session will explore what this means for future curriculum planning, building in the work of the ITEC project, a European project examining scenarios for the future classroom. It will show how a ‘maturity model’ developed by the project may be used to develop scenarios for the future classroom and to inform whole-school developments”

Vladan Devedzic

Vladan Devedzic: Professor at the Department of Software Engineering, Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Belgrade, Serbia. He has published more than 250 research papers on international conferences, 60 journal papers, six books, and several chapters in books. His recent 2 books, entitled Model Driven Engineering and Ontology Development (2nd ed.) and Semantic Web and Education (Springer Verlag, Berlin/New York) have appeared in 2009 and 2006.

Lecture title: Technology Enhanced Learning – The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle



Although Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is still developing and attracts a lot of R&D attention, initiatives and funding worldwide, it has been around for quite some time and allows for a critical assessment. Once just "somewhere at the intersection of pedagogy and learning technology", today TEL spans many other fields and phenomena, like social and organizational processes, computer games, knowledge management, standardization, policy making in various sectors, sustaining the impact of learning, and efforts to overcome digital divide. Still, not everything goes smoothly. As reports and surveys indicate, there are many challenges ahead, still waiting to be tackled.

Goran Devedžić

Goran Devedžić is professor at Faculty of Engineering, University of Kragujevac, Serbia. His research interests focus on the advanced product and process development, industrial and medical application of soft computing techniques, and bioengineering. Two major axes of research within the research interests are (elastic) geometrical modeling of anatomic structures and web-oriented non-invasive diagnostic methods in orthopedics and rehabilitation. He has authored/co-authored more than 100 research papers, published in international and national journals or presented at international and national conferences, as well as three books on CAD/CAM technology and 3D product modeling. 

Lecture title: Studies in Bioengineering and Medical Informatics: Current EU Practices and Western Balkan Initiative



Scientific and engineering fields of Bioengineering (BE) and Medical (Health) Informatics (MI) are recognized as two key challenges within essential re-search and innovation strategies in EU and other leading regions and countries worldwide. Many universities are redesigning existing or developing new study pro-grams to provide education and training for tomorrow’s biomedical engineers, physi-cians, and researchers. European Commission is responding to the evident needs by promoting actions through the variety of scientific (e.g. Framework Program and Horizon 2020) and educational (e.g. Tempus, Erasmus, etc.) strategies. The Educa-tion, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) granted regional Tempus project “Studies in Bioengineering and Medical Informatics - BioEMIS” aiming at introducing dedicated study programs at Western Balkan countries, namely Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The following, state of the art analysis of European study programs in BE and MI provides basic guidelines for creating new curricula.

Sasikumar Punnekkat

Sasikumar Punnekkat is a professor in dependable software engineering at Mälardalen University(MDH), Sweden and the leader of the Dependability research group. He has more than 15 years industrial experience as a scientist at the Indian Space research Organization,and was the Head of the Software test and reliability engineering. He was recipient of the Commonwealth Scholarship and received  D.Phil in Computer Science from the University of York, UK in 1997. He has been coordinating two large EU Mobility Projects EURECA and EUROWEB, funded by the Erasmus Mundus. He is the program director of the Master Programs in Software Engineering at MDH and is one of founders of the GSEEM consortium (<>). He also played key roles in many EU research projects such as FLEXI, CHESS and SafeCer. His research focuses on multiple aspects concerning real-time systems,  dependability,  software testing and  safety certification, and he has published nearly 100 research articles. 

Lecture title: Some reflections on education beyond borders

The rapid technological advances, globalization, proliferation of social networks, etc. are some of the factors which have made a huge impact in recent years on our personal lives as well as the way we do businesses.  These influences in our lifestyles and professional careers are also having a substantial influence in our educational systems, even though these under currents had been relatively slow.The current trends also bring forth interesting challenges and opportunities for the educationists. One such challenge is to transcend the education beyond the perceived borders in several dimensions.  These dimensions could be geographical/cultural, disciplinary, pedagogic etc. The European Union has made several initiatives, which give the educational institutions ample opportunities to support them in such endeavours. This talk will describe some of our successful efforts undertaken at the Mälardalen University, Sweden towards meeting these challenges. These efforts span a wide spectrum of activities from bi-lateral institutional cooperation on single course level to multiple levels of strategic industry-academic collaborations.  We present our reflections based on these experiences and analyse the potential for sustainability of our initiatives.