Invited Speakers

Prof. Ann Armstrong
Northcentral University, USA

With experience in business and education, I provide consulting/coaching/mentoring services. An expert in instructional technology/design, adult learning/leadership, project management, and eLearning. Research interests include qualitative, design/development case study, phenomenology, and the Nominal Group Technique (NGT), I am a certified Dale Carnegie facilitator and a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer. My career includes executive director at Columbia Teachers College starting the Columbia Coaching Certification and the first online master’s degree; an eBusiness/eLearning executive at IBM delivering the first global asynchronous learning program to 10,000 leaders; and a VP of Ernst & Young's Intellinex/eLearning Practice implementing blended learning solutions for over 210,000 global employees. I am a certified IBM consultant and a confirmed IBM principal.

A Full Profession at Northcentral University in the School of Education, I am published in peer-reviewed journals and received the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) cutting edge, top ten papers award. I have several recent book chapters, articles, and conference proceedings for eLearn, AHRD, AACE, and AECT. I received my EdD and EdM in instructional technology and media from Teachers College, Columbia University; MA degree from Fairfield University in instructional design; MA degree in economics from University of Cincinnati; and MBA in Project Management from Capella University.


Assoc. Prof. Lior Shamir
Kansas Stste University, USA

Lior Shamir received a Bachelor’s degree computer science from Tel Aviv University in 1998. He received an M.S. degree in 2003 from Open University and Ph.D from Michigan Technological University in 2006. He did his postdoc work at the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has eight years of experience in the software and technology industry in various positions, from a programmer to a Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Lior’s research focuses on data science. His approach to data science is holistic, combining a broad range of methods in machine learning, soft computing, and computational statistics to develop new paradigms that can turn data into knowledge and scientific discoveries. The other part of his research is the application of the data science methodology to data from a large number of disciplines. In addition to basic and applied research in data science, he also works on advancing inclusion in higher education, making higher education more accessible to underrepresented and underserved populations in STEM.

Shamir is primary author of nearly 100 peer-reviewed publications, and a co-author of many more, most of them in tier-1 journals. He has more than 2000 citations, an h-index of 23, and i-10 index of 43 according to Google Scholar. He received over $5M in external funding (of which over $2M as PI), from various competitive sources, including the ultra-competitive Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). He serves as a reviewer for over 50 journals, and his work is very often mentioned in the world’s premier mainstream media.