Plenary Speaker


Prof. Dr. David-Samuel Di Fuccia,

Yanqing Duan (BSc, MSc, PhD, SFHEA) is a full professor of Information Systems. She is also the founder and director of Business and Information Systems (BISC) at the Business School, University of Bedfordshire. Her principal research interest is the use of the emerging digital Technologies (ICT) in organisations and their impact on decision making, innovation, education and learning, and knowledge management. She has undertaken many funded research projects on the design, development and applications of various e-learning methods and tools for training and education purposes. Her recent research interest in Big Data and Analytics enables her to undertake a number of funded research projects on the use and impact of Learning Analytics in the UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). She has co-ordinated many research projects funded by various funding sources, such as: European Commission, UK Department For International Development (DFID), JISC, British Council, etc. She has published over 180 peer reviewed articles, including papers in European Journal of Information Systems, IEEE transaction on Engineering Management, Computers & Education, Information & Management, European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Business Research, The Information Society, Expert Systems with Applications, Information Technology & People, British Journal of Educational Technology.


Prof. Budsaba Kanoksilapatham, Silpakorn University, Thailand

Budsaba Kanoksilapatham is currently a professor with the English Department, Faculty of Arts, Silpakorn University. She completed the bachelor’s degree in English (Hons.) at the Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University. She received the master’s degree in linguistics and EFL from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and the Ph.D. degree in linguistics with a concentration in applied linguistics from Georgetown University, USA. Her research interests include discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, phonetics, and language teaching. Her most recent books are Pronunciation in Action and English Sociolinguistics at Work. Her research articles were published in international journals including English for Specific Purposes and The IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication.


Assoc. Prof. Tiia Rüütmann, Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), Estonia

Tiia Rüütmann is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Estonian Centre for Engineering Pedagogy at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, School of Engineering, Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), Estonia. She is also a visiting professor at Peter the Great Polytechnic University of St Petersburg (Russia) in the field of Engineering Pedagogy. She graduated TalTech as Diploma Engineer in the field of Chemical Engineering and Cybernetics in 1982, and received her MSc in chemical engineering at TalTech in 1992. Tiia defended her PhD in education (with specialisation in Engineering Pedagogy) at University of Hradec Králové, Czech Republic in 2007. She is a member of International Society for Engineering Pedagogy (IGIP) since 2003, and received the qualification of International Engineering Educator ING.PAED.IGIP in 2004. She is a member of IGIP Executive Committee and the president of IGIP International Monitoring Committee since 2010. Tiia is a member of SEFI, IEEE Education Society, Nordic-Baltic Network in Higher Education Development, Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Key Women Educators, and IEEE EDUCON advisory board. She is the author and co-author of more than 90 peer-reviewed articles. She has written several book chapters and published a Handbook on Engineering Pedagogy Science and STEM didactics in 2019. She has delivered workshops on engineering pedagogy in Europe, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, China and Argentina. She has participated in 18 research projects and coordinated five of them. Her field of expertise and research are Engineering Pedagogy Science, effective teaching of engineering, STREAM pedagogy, university didactics, laboratory didactics, e-learning didactics, innovative methodologies, course and curriculum design in engineering education.