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LTfLL Project Team
(Project Meeting Vienna 2011)
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Dr Wolfgang Greller (OUNL, Project Coordinator)
is International Projects Manager at the Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies (CELSTEC) of the Open University of the Netherlands. He holds a PhD in Linguistics and has for the past eighteen years been involved in the domain of Technology Enhanced Learning and its institutionalization at various universities around Europe and beyond. He played a substantial strategic role in the creation of networked universities like the University of the Highlands and Islands or the University of the Arctic. Before joining OUNL, he was Head of E-Learning at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria, and therefore brings into a project an inside understanding of higher education systems in different European countries. He also acquired and managed several EU-funded projects from various sources (Lingua, ERDF, ESF, Grundtvig, EBLUL, etc.). He joined OUNL in 1997 taking up responsibilities in the projects TENCompetence (FP6) and idSpace (FP7).

Dr Jan M. van Bruggen (OUNL)
is an associate professor at the Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies (CELSTEC) of the Open University of the Netherlands. He holds a PhD in educational technology – ‘Use of external representations in collaborative problem solving’. Experimental research in cognitive and metacognitive reading and studying strategies. Research at the University of Amsterdam (COWO and SCO-Kohnstamm Institute) Consultancy work and co-pioneered one of the first firms in computer-based training and distance training for major Dutch financial institutions. Was involved in several European projects in Esprit (Eurohelp) as well as projects in Delta, where he was project leader of the Delta project ACES. Joined the Open University of the Netherlands in 1992.

Dr Peter van Rosmalen (OUNL)
(associate professor, PhD in educational technology) has been active in educational technology since the early eighties as e-learning consultant for the financial sector and for large industrial companies both in Denmark and the Netherlands. Additionally he has been active as a researcher and as a project manager for a large number of Dutch and European research and development projects on topics such as authoring tools for intelligent courseware (MATIC – EU Delta Program), simulations (SAM – EU 3rd framework), e-universities and computer supported cooperative learning (ELECTRA II and MODEM – EU 4th framework), adaptive e-learning (aLFAnet EU 5th framework), language learning (TUM – Dutch Ministry of Education) and knowledge management. His current activities include both management, he is member of the TENCompetence (EU 6th framework) management team, and research on question-answering and community formation.

Dr Adriana Berlanga (OUNL)
is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies (CELSTEC) of the Open University of the Netherlands. She has a bachelor degree in Computer Science from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico, a master diploma in Technology in Education and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca, Spain. Her current research focuses on learning technology standards and specifications, learners’ navigation support mechanisms, policies to foster interaction in learning networks and conceptual development.

Dr Slavi Stojanov (OUNL)
is a researcher with expertise in the design of set up, data collection, measurement instruments and data analysis. His work on individual and group knowledge representations, including cognitive processes and structures involved in it, is relevant to the project. He also has experience in instructional design in terms of theories, methods and techniques.

Dr Hendrik Drachsler (OUNL)
focuses on new methods to improve informal learning for lifelong competence development by the use of Web 2.0, social software and recommender systems. Further, he is interested on research on learning networks, information retrieval technologies, and mash-up personal learning environments.

Kamakshi Rajagopal (OUNL)
received a Masters in Germanic Languages focussing on computer linguistics and an Advanced Masters in Artificial Intelligence (Speech&Language Technology) from K.U. Leuven(BE). She has worked as a corpus linguist at the UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve(BE) on the Learnerscorpus for Dutch as a Foreign Language. In 2005, she joined AVNet-K.U.Leuven as a researcher/project manager working on European-funded projects and piloting new applications of ICT and multimedia in mainstream education. She has also worked at the research centre IMEC vzw (BE) on business development (contractual and IP-related issues). Since January 2009, Kamakshi is working on her PhD at CELSTEC – Open Universiteit (NL), researching Personal Learning Networks in practice and looking into how technology can enable them to do this more effectively. In her doctorate, she builds on her experience of introducing innovative ways of working in academic and corporate environments. She is also working on funded projects (LTfLL and CEFcult).

Paola Monachesi (UU)
is assistant professor at Universiteit Utrecht. She received a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Tilburg (The Netherlands). Her research interests are in Formal Grammars, Language resources and e-Learning and the Semantic Web. She has had research positions at IBM research centre in Rome, at the University of Tilburg, at the University of Tübingen and Universiteit Utrecht and she has collaborated in the EU project EUROTRA. She was project leader of a national project on typological databases and coordinator of the EU thematic network 'Language Typology Resource Centre'. She has obtained several grants from Universiteit Utrecht to increase the use of digital media in the curriculum and has participated in a SURF project on ‘Blended Learning and policy making’. She has been co-investigator of the national project D-COI aiming at the construction of a corpus of written Dutch and she is currently project manager as well as scientific coordinator of the FP6-STREP project Language Technology for eLearning (LT4eL).

Eline Westerhout (UU)
obtained her bachelor's degree in Communication and Information Studies with a minor in Language and Artificial Intelligence at Tilburg University, The Netherlands (2004). In 2005 she got her master's degree in Linguistics with a specialization in Language and Speech Technology at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. From 2005-2008 she participated in the FP6-STREP project Language Technology for eLearning (LT4eL) where she supported the project coordinator in management and coordination tasks and was also actively involved in work packages on corpus construction and annotation, keyword extraction, glossary creation, validation, and ontology development. Her work on the development of a glossary creation tool for Dutch formed the basis of her PhD thesis on definition extraction, which will be finished by the end of this year.

Thomas Markus (UU)
studied Cognitive Artificial Intelligence at the department of Philosophy at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. He obtained his BSc in Cognitive Artifical Intelligence (CAI) in 2007 with a minor in Software Engineering. His research internship during his Masters concerned the development of interactive web-based modal logic tableaux-provers and visualisation tools. His Master thesis covered the automated integration of connectionist and symbolic components in hybrid systems. He also worked as a UNIX System Administrator for Utrecht University managing various (research-specific) systems and applications during his Master. He was also a member of the board of the study association of CAI during which he organised Symposia, business events and various talks. He is currently working on his PhD concerning the modelling of social and personal ontologies in an e-Learning context.

Dale Gerdemann (UTU)
is Akademischer Rat at the University of Tübingen, Dept of Linguistics, Division of Computational Linguistics, where he has been on the staff since 1991. He received his PhD in Linguistics from the University of Illinois in 1990. His research has focused on finite-state approaches to natural language processing.

Gaston Burek (UTU)
is a researcher at the University of Tübingen, Dept of Linguistics, Division of Computational Linguistics, since May 2008. He is also a PhD candidate at the Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University UK. His research interest focuses on robust and scalable geometrical models for fine grained semantics incorporating the principle of "distributional compositionality" in semantic spaces. His PhD work focus on Recognising Textual Entailment (RTE) and evaluation methodologies for semantic role labelling. Previously to joining Tübingen, he worked for the Open University UK as a consultant within the Network of Excellence entitled Semantic Interoperability and Data Mining in Biomedicine

Prof Dr Gustaf Neumann (WUW)
is appointed Chair of Information Systems and New Media. His research is focused on the constructive and creative use of new media (e.g. Internet technologies) in business and not-for-profit organizations, especially in the context of knowledge transfer and knowledge acquisition. His main goal is to design and develop new information spaces for interaction of users and software for the advancement of the knowledge society. Gustaf Neumann was a visiting scientist at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, from 1985-1986 and 1993-1995. Gustaf Neumann has been heading the EC IST project UNIVERSAL (see also the resulting platform EducatNext), the IST Project Elena and is a member of the Steering board of the Network of Excellence ProLearn. Gustaf Neumann is the author of several widely used open source software packages, such as the TeX-dvi converter dvi2xx, diac, the graphical front-end package Wafe, the Webbrowser Cineast, and the object oriented scripting language XOTcl. Gustaf Neumann is a member of the board of directors of .LRN, an open-source enterprise-class learning management system.

Bernhard Hoisl (WUW)
obtained his Master degrees in Information Systems at the Vienna University of Economics and Business as well as in Information Management at the Vienna University of Technology. Currently he is preparing his PhD in Information Systems for the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Robert Koblischke (WUW)
finished his Bachelor and Master degrees in Information Systems at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Prof Dr Philippe Dessus (UPMF)
(PhD in educational sciences -"Computer-aided instructional design tools") is full professor in educational sciences at the Teacher Education Institute (IUFM) of Grenoble. He also is researcher at the Laboratory for Educational Sciences, university Pierre-Mendès-France of Grenoble (E.A. 602). He has been involved in several experiments on educational technologies in the context of distance education, related to both main themes: computer-aided writing environments and instructional design. These experiments were mostly carried out with funding from the French Research Ministry (School and Cognitive Sciences Research Projects). Most of these experiments used Latent Semantic Analysis as a tool for delivering automated assessments to the users of the environments that were implemented.

Dr Mathieu Loiseau (UPMF)
After Master's degrees both in Computer Science and Linguistics, Mathieu Loiseau wrote his PhD thesis on pedagogical indexation of texts for language learning as a member of the LIDILEM laboratory. He teaches Computer Science at Université Stendhal and Esisar School of Engineering. His research interests span across Technology Enhanced Learning, Computer Assisted Language Learning in particular, Natural Language Processing, Software Engineering, Language Didactics and Education Sciences. He participated in various research projects among which Language Learning and Social Media: 6 key dialogues before joining LTfLL as a post-doctorate fellow at UPMF.

Damien Dupré (UPMF)
obtained his Master degrees in NeuroCognition and Social Cognition at the Pierre-Mendès-France University. He collaborates to the development of the DynEmo database of dynamic and spontaneous emotional facial expressions. He is particularly interested by emotions and its recognition notably in mediated communications. Now, he is preparing a PhD in emotional ergonomic design in partnership with a R&D company and participates to the LTfLL project as a research engineer.

Hussein T.A. Salem (UPMF)
is a lecturer in French as a foreign language (FFL) at Sohag university (Egypt). His research interests are related to integrating information and communication technology in French language classes, and to studying their effects on developing FFL learners? language skills.

Prof Dr Stefan TRAUSAN-MATU (PUB-NCIT)
is professor of Computer Science at the University “Politehnica” of Bucharest (UPB) and a principal investigator at the Romanian Academy Institute for Artificial Intelligence. He teaches Natural Language Processing, Human-Computer Interaction, Collaborative and Adaptive Systems, Knowledge Management, Algorithm Analysis, and Algorithm Design. He received his M.Sc. (1983) and PhD degree (1994) at the CS Department of UPB. He was a Fulbright Post-doc Scholar at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA in 2005 and visiting professor at Nantes University (2003 and 2007), Lyon (2008) and Toulouse (2009) in France. He was the head of Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Institute of Informatics in Bucharest and deputy director of the Romanian Academy Institute for Artificial Intelligence. His research interests are: Collaborative Knowledge Construction, Discourse Analysis, Text Mining, Knowledge-Based Systems, Semantic Web, e-Learning, Human-computer Interaction, Philosophy of Science, Science-Religion Dialogue. Prof. Trausan-Matu has coordinated international research projects for the Romanian part (PEKADS, LarFLaST, IKF, Inf3S, SkyNurse) and participated in others (PAIL, BalkaNet, Poirot, EU-NCIT, COOPER, ERRIC) and coordinated many national research projects. He has published more than 200 papers, many of them at international conferences, and has written or contributed to more than 20 books. He has been member of the programme and organisation committee of many international and national conferences. He is vice-president of Romanian ACM SIGCHI

Prof Dr Valentin CRISTEA (PUB-NCIT)
is professor at the Computer Science and Engineering Department, POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest. His main fields of expertise are Grid Computing, e-Learning, e-Business, e-Government, Distributed Systems and Web-based Application Development. He is the Director of the National Center for Information Technology. Prof. Valentin Cristea has a long experience in the development, management and/or coordination of research national and international projects on distributed computing, Grid computing, High Performance Computing, and e-Learning. Among the research projects and activities of Prof. Valentin Cristea are: Coordinator of several projects (2 Tempus, CoLaborator, REASON, CODESTAR, roGRID), co-organizer of a summer school and workshops. He was member of Programme Committees in several international conferences. In 2003 he received an IBM award for excellence for the curriculum development in the IBM e-Business Academy. Valentin Cristea has published more than 90 specialist articles and papers at international conferences, 25 books and 60 technical reports. He was a visiting professor in: Free University of Berlin (Germany), Oulu University (Finland), Free University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Politecnico di Torino (Italy), and Rutgers University, US. Valentin Cristea is member of the IEEE and ACM professional organizations. He is also a Phare IT expert.

Traian Rebedea (PUB-NCIT)
is a teaching assistant at the Computer Science and Engineering Department, “Politehnica” University of Bucharest. He has graduated in Computer Science, with major in Artificial Intelligence, and finished a Masters degree in CS in Advanced Internet Applications, at the “Politehnica” University of Bucharest. His interests and specializations are: Technology-Enhanced Learning, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and Discourse Analysis. Currently, he is a PhD student under the supervision of Professor Stefan Trausan-Matu and works on using Social Network and NLP techniques for Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning. He is part of the FP7 project LTfLL (Language Technologies for Lifelong Learning) team and is also involved in several national projects. He published papers on NLP and CSCL.

Vlad POSEA (PUB-NCIT)
studied Computer Science at the Politehnica University, Bucharest, Romania, with specialization in Artificial Intelligence. He obtained a DEA in Knowledge Extraction from Data at the Lumiere University in Lyon in 2004 and a Master Thesis in Internet Applications at the Politehnica University of Bucharest in 2005. Currently, he is a PhD Student at the Politehnica University of Bucharest, under the supervision of Prof. Stefan Trausan-Matu, and works on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning and Semantic Web on FP6 Cooper project and on other national projects. He published papers on Semantic Web Portals, E-learning evaluation and ontology development

Jan Hensgens (AURUS)
is director of Aurus KTS. He studied Cognitive Science (Nijmegen) and graduated with distinction in Human Computer Interaction. He was engaged in projects to develop intelligent front-ends for existing simulation programs (WIPCO – SHELL). He developed scenarios, specifications, methodology and tools for simulation-based learning (SAM- EU 3rd framework), for collaborative learning (MODEM-EU 4th framework), for language learning (TUM - University of Maastricht), for in-depth training in complex industrial simulation software (SKILL and SENSE – SHELL) and for Knowledge Management purposes (VEC – AKZO-NOBEL, MosaIK – Dutch Ministry of Water, Public Works and Transport). He played a major role in design and development, combining conceptual direction of projects with internet and database oriented software engineering. In recent projects (MosaIK, Prisma Assessment – University of Maastricht) his focus has started to change into the direction of social implementation and project management.

Dr Isobel Braidman (UMAN)
is Senior Lecturer in the University of Manchester Medical School and leads the development and delivery of personal and professional development portfolio for first and second year medical students, an important aspect of which is reflective learning. She also has a key role for portfolio in years 3 -5, which focuses on clinical workplace learning. She obtained her PhD in endocrinology and developed a prime research interest in bone metabolism/bone disease with over 40 major peer reviewed publications and invited contributions internationally, including Gordon Conferences. She is now using this research experience to investigate two important aspects of medical education. Firstly, with Higher Education Academy funding, she has developed a participant – led tool to investigate development of professional identity in medical students. Secondly, she is investigating the introduction of online reflective discussions, which are facilitated by student peers, in the undergraduate medical portfolio. The eportfolio activities provided a basis for her successful application for Manchester’s membership of an international eportfolio research coalition 

Dr Gillian Armitt (UMAN)
is the UNIMAN local Project Coordinator for LTfLL (part-time), working primarily on workpackages 7 and 8. She is also Project Manager for the Euratom FP7 SEDENTEXCT project, coordinated by UNIMAN. She recently worked on the business analysis and validation of the JISC-funded HORUS e-Learning Management (HeLM) project, working closely with systems analysts applying a UML approach to systems design. She was research associate on the TENTelecom Occupational Therapy Internet School (OTIS) project, for which she managed partner contributions to the on-line learning environment, coordinated the ten-week pilot taking place in four institutions and undertook validation. She has considerable experience in customer-side management of external contractors designing and developing IT systems for an international marine insurance company, as well as managing enterprise roll-outs of large scale IT systems in commerce and higher education.

Alisdair Smithies (UMAN)
is a Research Associate on the LTfLL project. His involvement is principally in the design and development of learner positioning services, taking place in WP4. He originally joined the University of Manchester in January 2007, following completion of a Masters in Communication, Education and Technology and has since been involved in several projects to design, develop and deliver Technology-Enhanced Learning applications, with national impact (Innovation Base, HeLMET). He has keen research interests in experiential and constructivist approaches to learning. He previously worked as a self-employed IT consultant and Web developer, successfully establishing a national Internet Service Provider, for the small and medium enterprise sector, and a retail outlet in Manchester city centre. He has a number of years’ experience teaching Computing and I.T. in the Further and Higher Education sector.

Dr Kiril Simov (IPP-BAS)
is a senior researcher at Linguistic Modelling Laboratory. Since 1989 he has been a member of the research staff at the Linguistic Modelling Laboratory. He has worked on the modeling of morphological knowledge for Bulgarian and participated in the creation of several published dictionaries: Bulgarian Inflectional Morphology Dictionary (1998), Orthographical Dictionary (2003), PONS bilingual dictionaries (Bulgarian-German (2003) and Bulgarian-English (2004)). During the last several years he led several projects concerned with knowledge representation: Interaction Among Knowledge Bases (1993-1994), Representation of Control Information in Knowledge Representation (1995-1996) funded by the Fund "Eureka" and the Bulgarian Ministry of Science and Education, Tübingen-Sofia International Programme in Computational Linguistics and Represented Knowledge (CLaRK) (1998-2000) - a joint project with the University of Tübingen funded by Volkswagen Foundation. At the moment he is the leader of the BulTreeBank project. This project is oriented towards research and practical work in different areas of Computational Linguistics, such as: basic levels of text processing, HPSG corpus grammar extraction, HPSG grammar of Bulgarian, creation of language resources, and development of a software system for corpora creation and management. He also is currently the leader of work packages concerned with ontology management in two EU projects – LT4eL and AsIsKnown. He has about 70 publications at international forums, four of which are in refereed international journals and series. His research interests include developing and using knowledge-based tools and approaches to linguistic information and tasks, language resources, semantic dictionaries and ontologies.

Dr Petya Osenova (IPP-BAS)
is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Slavonic Languages, University of Sofia and a research fellow in EU projects LT4eL and AsIsKnown at IPP. She obtained her PhD degree in Linguistics from the Institute of Bulgarian Language, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in 1999. She is participating in the BulTreeBank Project - a joint project with the University of Tübingen funded by Volkswagen Foundation. Also, she had a one-year project (2004) on Measuring Language Contacts together with the Groningen University, Holland. It was funded by the Dutch foundation (NWO). She has also participated in the following workshops: The First Workshop on Treebanks and Linguistic Theories (TLT2002), Sozopol, Bulgaria (20-21 Sept 2002) (one of the local organizers); International Workshop on Electronic Description and Edition of Slavic Resources, 24-26 Sept., Pomorie, Bulgaria (participant); ESSLI Workshop on Machine Learning Approaches in Computational Linguistics, Trento, Italy, 5-16 Aug (participant); Workshop on Shallow Processing of Large Corpora (SProLaC2003), Lancaster University, England (27 March 2003) (co-organizer); Workshop on Linguistically Interpreted Corpora (LINC4) (13-14 April 2003), Budapest, Hungary (participant).; ESSLI Workshop on Combining Shallow and Deep Processing, Nancy, France, 8-20 August (participant), Workshop on Natural Language Processing for Metadata Extraction (NLP4ME 2006), 12 Sept., Varna, Bulgaria (local organizer). She has about 45 publications; some of them are in refereed Bulgarian journals. Her interests are in the area of natural language semantics and pragmatics, lexical knowledge bases, formal grammars, corpus linguistics, question answering.

Christoph Mauerhofer (BIT)
is responsible for developing education concepts for the companies "bit Group" in Austria and "com training centers" in Germany. After the completion of the "HTL Graz" Christoph Mauerhofer studied Technical Physics on the TU Graz (Austria). Since 1986 he worked as technical consultant for IT Projects in Austria and Europe. In addition to this project management jobs he has experiences as technical trainer for a term of 20 years. Since 1992 Christoph Mauerhofer was responsible for designing training concepts and training materials for different education companies.

Helmut Kometter (BIT)
studied electrical and biomedical engineering at the “TU Graz (Austria)”. During his studies, he taught for the company “bit Group”, especially technical trainings in the areas of software development . In addition, he was also responsible for a variety of software projects and could deepen his knowledge in these areas. Since 2008 he works in the company "bit Group" as a senior software consultant.

Berit Richter (BIT)
Employed at bit media since 2007. She works as software developer in the educational software solution department (ESS) where she collected experience in developing e-learning and e-testing systems. Berit Richter studied Software Design at FH Joanneum in Kapfenberg, Styria.

Dr Peter Scott (OU)
is the Director of the Knowledge Media Institute of the Open University. His own research group prototypes the application of new technologies and media to learning at all levels. Three key threads at the moment are: telepresence; streaming media systems; and agent research. These threads will be a valuable contribution to the technology node. Dr Scott has a BA (1983) and PhD (1987) in Psychology. Before joining the Open University in 1995, Dr Scott lectured in Psychology and Cognitive Science at the University of Sheffield. He has a textbook in each of these subjects. He has lead over 15 major grants (and dozens of minor ones), and has over 40 research publications. He has acted as an internet consultant to a range of multinational corporations. In 2007 he was elected President of the European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning (EATEL).

Fridolin Wild (OU)
M.A., is a research associate at the Knowledge Media Institute of the UKOU. Fridolin studied information science in Regensburg, Hildesheim, and Munich. He founded axon-e interactive media in 1998, and managed numerous commercial and governmental projects there until he left the company in 2003. In 2004 he graduated as magister artium in information science and politology. Between 2004 and 2009, Fridolin has been working as a scientist at the Vienna University of Economics and Business within the European projects PROLEARN, iCAMP, LTfLL, and ROLE thereby serving as the overall technical manager with an additional work package lead in interoperability of social software learning tools in iCamp, leading the work package ‘infrastructure’ within LTfLL, and leading a work package on community building and sustaining in the ROLE project. Since 2007, Fridolin is the voted treasurer of the European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning (EATEL).

Dr Debra Haley (OU)
began working on LTfLL on November 16, 2009. She has concentrated her efforts on WP4.2 and validation. Dr Haley obtained her PhD at the Open University with a dissertation entitled "Applying Latent Semantic Analysis to Computer Assisted Assessment in the Computer Science Domain: A Framework, a Tool, and an Evaluation". Her research interests are Latent Semantic Analysis and how it can be used in technology enhanced learning.

Katja Bülow (OU)
has has graduated in media computer science at the University of Applied Science Wedel in Germany. Katja is a media systems programmer, working in the past on the Flashmeeting and in the ICOPER project. Her special focus as a web developer is data storage and analysis.