Pierre Dillenbourg is both an educator and a computer scientist. He was one of the first in the world to develop a self-improving teaching system with machine learning. He holds a degree in educational science from the University of Mons, Belgium, and a PhD in computer science from the University of Lancaster, United Kingdom, in the domain of artificial intelligence applications for education. He specializes in learning technologies, human-computer interaction as well as augmented and virtual reality.
Since joining the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2002, he has held multiple positions. He is currently the Associate Vice-President for Education and full professor in learning technologies in the School of Computer and Communication Sciences, where he heads the Computer-Human Interaction for Learning and Instruction (CHILI) Lab. He also launched the start-up incubator Swiss EdTech Collider with his colleagues.
Pierre chairs the Leading House DUAL-T, which develops technologies for dual vocational education systems. He has also co-founded four start-ups, including the EPFL Center for Learning Sciences LEARN, which aims to prepare future citizens to embrace the prospects of a digital society.
Jos Dirkx is a global chief executive officer, award-winning speaker and author with a focus on the future of work, learning, diversity and inclusion, and conscious leadership. At Beenova AI, her team transforms companies and lives through emotional and artificial intelligence, enhancing leadership, performance and conscious development skills.
Originally from the Netherlands, Jos was born in Brazil, has visited 100 countries and lived in 13—including Bangladesh, Senegal, Norway and Canada. She co-founded Girls & Football SA, an award-winning non-governmental organization, which received a letter from the former First Lady of the USA, Michelle Obama. Jos has spoken on hundreds of stages and trained more than 5,000 people in cities as diverse as Luanda, Angola; New York, United States of America; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Dr Afiya Fredericks
Dr Afiya Fredericks is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of the District of Columbia. Her research agenda includes understanding the impact of implicit beliefs (mindsets) on motivation and achievement, and how to cultivate growth mindset-oriented environments. She also explores the imposter phenomenon and its impact in higher education.
Dr Fredericks has been immersed in mindset research for over a decade now and is the former Director of Professional Learning at Mindset Works Inc. There, she supported the implementation of Growth Mindset programs and practices in schools and organizations for six years. As a life-long learner, she believes that embodying a growth mindset is a beautiful journey and one that she works on every day. Dr Fredericks is a proud US Virgin Islander and enjoys opportunities to escape home to the beautiful island of St Croix.