Seminar: Bridging the Gap between Science and Social Contribution

Research Seminar: Dr. Bittencourt

From Research to Innovation in Computers and Education: Bridging the Gap between Science and Social Contribution 

Abstract: One of the most pleasurable experiences in the life of an applied scientist is to see your research findings being somehow transferred to society. In the context of Computers in Education, many researchers have the dream to see your research achievements having a strong impact on real classrooms and teaching-learning processes.

Unfortunately, this dream does not come true to most of the researchers, because they usually have to choose between i) technology-oriented research (i.e. cutting-edge technological advancement, tested in controlled environments) or ii) pedagogy-oriented research (understanding on how to instructional processes and technologies affect students and teachers).

In this talk, it will be presented how to bridge the gap between science and social contribution in computers and education. The presentation is divided into three parts: i) firstly, it will be presented how this vision started; ii) secondly, it will be presented some of the researches being developed and iii) thirdly, it will be discussed what is the process being used to generate spin-offs from the research lab and the process being used to generate innovation from the research findings.

Dr. Ig Ibert Bittencourt
Assistant Professor Computing Institute
Federal University of Alagoas, Brazil

DATE: Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 TIME: 10:30 am

PLACE: Thorvaldson, Room 271 

About the Presenter:

Ig Ibert Bittencourt is an Assistant Professor of the Computing Institute in Federal University of Alagoas, Co-Director of the Center of Excellence for Social Technologies (NEES), president of the Special Committee of Computers and Education from Brazilian Computer Society and W3C Advisory Committee Representative (working on standardization efforts about Data on the Web). He received his PhD in Computer Science in 2009 and his Postdoctoral degree in Computer Science in 2013. When Ig Bittencourt became a Professor at Federal University of Alagoas (UFAL) – Brazil, he founded NEES with the mission of create innovative leaders with social vision/principles. He believes in innovative social entrepreneurship as a model for promoting a sustainable economic and social development. Ig Bittencourt also founded two awarded startups: one in the context of Computers and Education (MeuTutor) and another in the context of Semantic Technologies (BoaMoradia). His main interests are research, development and innovation in Computers and Education, Ontologies and Social Entrepreneurship.