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Name Conlan, Owen
Main Department Computer Science
College Title Research Assistant Professor
E-mail owen.conlan@tcd.ie
College Tel +353 1 896 2158
Web http://www.cs.tcd.ie/Owen.Conlan
Fax +353 1 677 2204
 
Biography
Dr. Owen Conlan, B.A., B.A.I., Ph.D. graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 1999 with an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering. Owen is a Research Lecturer with the Knowledge and Data Engineering Group (KDEG) in TCD and submitted his doctoral thesis in 2004, with it being conferred in early 2005. Owen´s primary research is in investigating the practical application of learning theory to Adaptive Hypermedia Systems (AHS) towards the production of pedagogically sound personalised learning experiences. His research interests also include strategies for adaptation, visualisation of adaptation and applying adaptive techniques to the area of ubiquitous computing. His main research topics are the adaptive runtime assembly of learning concepts and content based on learner preferences and the adaptive rendering of content based on the context in which the learning occurs. This work was awarded the Best Student Paper award at the Second International Conference on Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web-Based Systems (AH2002) in May 2002 and has contributed to over forty publications. Owen has been involved in several successful collaborative research projects including the European Commission funded EASEL (2000 – 2003), iClass (2004-2008) and ELEKTRA (2006-2008) projects; the Irish HEA funded M-Zones (2002-2006) project and the Enterprise Ireland funded ADAPT (2005–2007) project. His most cited publications include –
  • Conlan, O., Wade, V., Bruen, C., Gargan, M. (2002) "Multi-Model, Metadata Driven Approach to Adaptive Hypermedia Services for Personalized eLearning", Second International Conference on Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web-Based Systems, Malaga, Spain
  • Conlan, O., Lewis, D., Higel, S., O’Sullivan, D., Wade, V. (2003) "Applying Adaptive Hypermedia Techniques to Semantic Web Service Composition", Workshop on Adaptive Hypermedia, WWW2003 The Twelfth International World Wide Web Conference, Budapest, Hungary
  • Hockemeyer, C., Conlan, O., Wade, V., Albert, D. (2003) "Applying Competence Prerequisite Structures for eLearning and Skill Management", Universal Journal of Computer Science, Volume 9, Issue 12
  • O’Connor, A., Wade, V., Conlan, O. (2004) "Context-Informed Adaptive Hypermedia", in Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing
  • Conlan, O., Wade, V. (2004) "Evaluation of APeLS - An Adaptive eLearning Service based on the Multi-model, Metadata-driven Approach", Third International Conference on Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web-Based Systems (AH2004) Proceedings, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • Monthienvichienchai, R., Conlan, O., Seyedarabi, F. (2005) "Discrepancies Between Reality and Expectation: Can Adaptive Hypermedia Meet the Expectations of Teachers?", CELDA2005, Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age, Porto, Portugal
 
Research Interests
Applied information systems Artificial Intelligence Cognitive science Computer based training
Databases, database management, data mining Distance Learning E-Learning Educational Psychology
Information Representations Information Science/Systems Information Technology Information management
Information systems development Information technology in education Innovation in learning Internet
Internet technologies KNOWLEDGE ENGINEERING Knowledge Acquisition Knowledge Management
Knowledge Representation Knowledge and data engineering LEARNING Lifelong Learning
Neuroscience and Cognition Virtual learning environments
 
Research Projects
Project title iClass - Intelligent Distributed Cognitive-based Open Learning System for Schools
Summary iClass is the project initiated to develop an intelligent cognitive-based open learning system and environment, adapted to individual learners' needs and ensuring their take-up in the education sector at a European level.

iClass Project is funded under the FP6, the European Community Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration. It is in the Technology-enhanced learning and access to cultural heritage action line, and is one of the two integrated projects in the area of education.

iClass Project was initiated in January 1, 2004. United under a consortium lead by Siemens Business Services, 22 partners from 11 different countries are working to develop an intelligent cognitive-based open learning system and environment, adapted to individual learners' needs at a European level. The efforts will, by envisioning the educational process of the future, involve the following: (1) extensive research for the definition and design of next generation products and services, (2) the creation and testing of prototypes, (3) and the measurement of the impact to ensure effective utilization of technology in pre-university education.

More information available ay http://www.iclass.info.

Funding Agency European Commission (IST)
Programme FP6
Type of Project Integrated Project
Date from January 2004
Date to July 2008
Person Months


Project title ELEKTRA - Enhanced Learning Experience and Knowledge Transfer
Summary Point of departure for this project is the observation that digital learning games suffer from various deficits that severely impair their effectiveness as a learning tool. For example, they do not make use of the motivating power of elaborate story telling.

ELEKTRA's response to this problem is to link research in the field of pedagogy with neuroscience, cognitive science and computer science. This will bridge the gap between cognitive theory and gaming practice and help to assess the cognitive potential of learning games and to put their development on solid scientific grounds. The neuroscience part of ELEKTRA will study the effectiveness of different teaching/learning scenarios by event-related brain imaging in combination with psychological learning tests. ELEKTRA's vision is to make learning as exciting for learners as leading-edge computer games are exciting for gamers. This vision shall be realised in the form of an immersive 3D world for learning that uses state-of-the-art game design techniques for visualisation, interaction and storytelling.

ELEKTRA's 3D world will visualise learning topics as highly interactive virtual landscapes, conceived as a 'garden of knowledge' through which the learner can perambulate freely or by following the guidance of a storyline and/or a game character. This typical concept for game-play comprises a user-centric perspective, supported by multimodal concepts for learning paths and learner models. Narration ('the original form of teaching') will be part of the didactic design. The game-play will be enhanced with interactive dramaturgy and direction in order to drive the storytelling and deepen the immersion of the learner into the learning topic. Monitoring and assessment of the learner will be integrated in a way that enables a situated and activity-driven learning experience. The virtual learning environment will react in relation to the learner's behaviour and cognitive state and to the learning progress represented in the learner model. Target groups for these next generation learning games are secondary school children and university students.

ELEKTRA is set up as a multi-disciplinary project. The consortium combines research expertise in the fields of cognitive science, pedagogical theory and neuroscience with the design techniques of computer games and e-learning.

Funding Agency European Commission (IST)
Programme FP6
Type of Project STREP
Date from March 2006
Date to March 2008
Person Months


 
Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
O'Keeffe, I., Brady, A., Conlan, O., Wade, V., Just-in-time Generation of Pedagogically Sound, Context Sensitive Personalized Learning Experiences, International Journal on E-Learning (IJeL), Special Issue: Learning Objects in Context, 5, (1), 2006, p113 - 127
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Türker, A., Görgün, I., Conlan, O., The Challenge of Content Creation to Facilitate Personalized E-Learning Experiences, International Journal on E-Learning (IJeL), Special Issue: Learning Objects in Context, 5, (1), 2006, p11 - 17
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Monthienvichienchai, R., Conlan, O., Seyedarabi, F., Discrepancies Between Reality and Expectation: Can Adaptive Hypermedia Meet the Expectations of Teachers?, CELDA 2005 – International Conference Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age, International Association for Development of the Information Society – IADIS, Porto, Portugal, December 2005, edited by Kinshuk, Sampson, D.G., Isaias, P. , 2005, pp88 - 95
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Monthienvichienchai, R., Conlan, O., Seyedarabi, F., Can Museum Exhibits Support Personalised Learning in Collaborative Classroom Activities By Using Augmented Reality?, CELDA 2005 – International Conference Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age, International Association for Development of the Information Society – IADIS, Porto, Portugal, December 2005 , edited by Kinshuk, Sampson, D.G., Isaias, P. , 2005, pp549 - 551
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Conlan, O., The Multi-Model, Metadata driven approach to Personalised eLearning Services , Trinity College, Dublin, 2005
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