Manuel Castro (M’87–SM’94–F’08) received the Industrial Engineering degree and the Ph.D. degree in engineering from ETSII/Madrid Polytechnic University, Spain.
He was the National University of Distance Education’s (UNED’s) New Technologies Vice-Rector, the UNED’s Information Services Center Director, the Research and Doctorate Vice-Director, the Vice-Director of Academic Affairs with the School of Engineering, UNED, and the Director of the Department. He worked for five years in Digital Equipment Corporation, as a Senior System Engineer. He is currently a Professor of electronics technology and the Director of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UNED.
Prof. Castro is a member of the Board of the Spanish International Solar Energy Society (ISES). He belongs to the organizing committee of the IEEE EDUCON (Chair), the IEEE EDUNINE, the IEEE LWMOOCs (Chair), ISES, TAEE, and SAAEI conferences. He is a member of the Board of Directors (BoD) of the IEEE, as the Division VI Director from 2019 to 2020, a member of the Administration Committee and Board of Governors (AdCOM/BoG) from 2005 to 2021. He was a recipient of the Extraordinary Doctoral Award from the UPM and the 1988 Viesgo Doctoral Thesis Award for improving Scientific Research on Industrial Process Electricity Application. He has been world-renowned with several awards, being the most recent 2019 IEEE William E. Sayle Award for Achievement in Education of the IEEE Education Society.
Since 2019 Davinia Hernández-Leo is a Full Professor and Serra Húnter Fellow at our Department. She was born in Plasencia, and obtained a degree and a Ph.D on Telecommunication Engineering at University of Valladolid, Spain. She has been visiting researcher at Open Universityof the Netherlands, Fulbright Scholar at Virginia Tech and visiting research fellow at the University of Sydney. Her research lies at the intersection of network and computer applications, human-computer interaction and learning sciences. She is tackling two challenges, first, providing design techniques and systems that enable the co-creation of interoperable learning activities, second, supporting the distributed orchestration of seamless collaborative learning flows using service-oriented architectures and new devices. She has participated in multiple founded projects and is the technical leader of the METIS Integrated Learning Design Environment. She is also active in Engineering Education projects. Her research has been published in more than 100 peer-reviewed journal papers, book chapters and conference papers. She has received several awards, including best paper awards and the European award for excellence in CSCL and an ICREA Academia prize. She is former associate editor for IEEE Transactions of Learning Technologies, former Vice-President of the European Association on Technology-Enhanced and is currently member of the CSCL Committee within the International Society of the Learning Sciences, member of the ijCSCL editorial board and of the steering committee of the European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning.
Ruth Cobos is Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). She received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from UAM. She has been member of the research group GHIA (Grupo de Herramientas Interactivas Avanzadas) at UAM since 1999 and member of the research group contic (Grupo de Excelencia Cognición y Contexto: el aprendizaje colaborativo mediado por ordenador) at Universitat de Lleida (UdL) since 2005.
She is the Principal Investigator from UAM of the eMadrid Research Network and of the Spanish Network of Learning Analytics – SNOLA. She has participated in more than twelve R&D projects. During 2008 and 2009 she was de Principal Investigator of a project funded by the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID), which involves researchers from UAM, from UdL and from two universities at Colombia.
As Rector’s Delegate for Educational Technologies (2014-2016) she directed the technical office at UAM for the generation and creation of UAM MOOCs at edX. UAM has been member of edX consortium since 2014. Nowadays, she is the coordinator of the MOOC instructor team of the course entitled “Introducción al desarrollo de aplicaciones web”.
She received the Meritorious Service Award 2022 (e-Madrid Excellence Network) for outstanding contribution to the development conference of EDUCON - IEEE Global Engineering Education. Currently, her main areas of research include Learning Analytics, MOOCs, e-Learning, Blended Learning, CSCL and Educational Technologies.
Alicia García-Holgado received a degree in Computer Sciences (2011), an M.Sc. in Intelligent Systems (2013) and a PhD (Cum Laude) (2018) from the University of Salamanca, Spain. She is Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department since September 2021 and a member of the GRIAL Research Group of the University of Salamanca since 2009, where she currently leads the research line "Social Responsibility and Inclusion". She is a Researcher of International Impact at the Universidad Nacional San Agustín, Arequipa (Peru). She is also a member of the Women in Computing Committee of the Spanish Computing Scientific Society and sub-coordinator of the CLEI (Latin American Centre for Computer Science Studies) Community for Latin American women in computing. Her research is related to the development of technological ecosystems for knowledge and learning processes management in heterogeneous contexts, and the promotion of diversity and inclusion in STEM, with a particular focus on engineering and technology. She has participated as technological support and coordinator in a large number of regional, national and international research projects. She is currently part of the coordinating team in the W-STEM project, a capacity building project funding by the European Union (https://wstemproject.eu), and researcher in the CreaSTEAM project, both focused on creating inclusive spaces in education and reducing the gender gap in STEM.