Anna CohenMiller – Nazarbayev University (KZ)
Dr. Anna CohenMiller is an arts-based qualitative research methodologist and award-winning educator who examines issues of equity and inclusion in higher education in Kazakhstan and internationally. She specializes in addressing issues of gender in education and on improving teaching and learning across educational contexts. Dr. CohenMiller has a background in spearheading and fostering international collaboration across interdisciplinary, grant-funded teams and community initiatives, such as Co-Founding Director of The Consortium of Gender Scholars (Kazakhstan, www.gen-con.org) leading a partnership with the Asian Qualitative Research Association; Founder of The Motherscholar Project (www.motherscholar.org), and founding and leading the editorship of Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy (www.journaldialogue.org). Dr. CohenMiller regularly speaks at local and international venues about qualitative research including on topics of social justice, innovation, and demystifying research practices.
Caroline Bradbury-Jones – University of Birmingham (UK)
Caroline is a registered nurse, midwife and health visitor and has held a number of academic posts in prestigious universities in the UK. Currently she is Professor of Gender Based Violence at the University of Birmingham, UK. Her research work is broadly within the scope of addressing inequalities and more specifically on issues of violence against women. She is the founder of the Risk, Abuse and Violence (RAV) research programme at the University of Birmingham: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/nursing/research/rav.aspx Caroline is a keen research methodologist in the field of qualitative research and has led numerous projects involving qualitative approaches. She is a prolific writer and has published widely in interdisciplinary journals, along with four edited/authored books. Her publications reflect her interest in a range of empirical, theoretical and methodological perspectives relevant to qualitative research. A particular interest is on participatory approaches and specifically, the involvement of co-researchers in sensitive issues research. For several years she has grappled with the complexities of conducting high quality qualitative studies that incorporate a co-research design. She has put forward a number of strategies for ensuring that this is undertaken safely and ethically.
Edgaras Ščiglinskas – Vytautas Magnus University (LT)
Edgaras Ščiglinskas is a Head of the Multimedia Laboratory at the Faculty of Informatics, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania. Edgaras has received his Ph.D. in Informatics. He is focusing on computer graphics, development of VR and AR applications, interactive applications and serious games. In his research work, Edgaras is focusing on analysis of virtual stimuli and human emotions, construction of predictive models.
Judita Kasperiuniene – Vytautas Magnus University (LT)
Judita Kasperiuniene is an Associate Professor and Head of the System Analysis Department at the Faculty of Informatics, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania. Judita received her Ph.D. in Education (qualitative study) and conducted a multidisciplinary Post-Doctoral research (mixed methods study). She has a postgraduate degree in technology-enhanced learning (University of Liege, Belgium) and an MSc in information technologies (Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania). In her work, Judita is currently focusing on issues of VR/AR applications in social settings, designing serious games, online media discourses, identity construction in mediated environments, and intersections of education, communication, and new technologies. Recently, Judita conducts interdisciplinary research examining smart technology solutions in museums, individual and community identity construction, and the use of modern technology in the non-formal adult education sector.
Tomas Krilavičius – Vytautas Magnus University (LT)
Prof. Tomas Krilavičius is Dean of the Faculty of Informatics at Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania. He defended his Ph.D. on Hybrid Methods for Hybrid Processes at the University of Twente (Netherlands) in 2006. His research interests include applications of artificial intelligence and language technologies in finance, medicine, logistics and defense, and other large scientific infrastructures. Tomas represents Lithuania at NATO Science and Technology organization, and he is a member of the Centre Assessment Committee at Clarin ERIC.