„As MOOCs Grow Up: Innovation and Accountability“
Tuesday, 23.02.2016, 9.00 – 10.00, Auditorium

Anant Agarwal is the CEO of edXAgarwal_Web, an online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. Anant taught the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which drew 155,000 students from 162 countries. He has served as the director of CSAIL, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. He is a successful serial entrepreneur, having co-founded several companies including Tilera Corporation, which created the Tile multicore processor, and Virtual Machine Works.

Anant won the Maurice Wilkes prize for computer architecture, and MIT’s Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching. He holds a Guinness World Record for the largest microphone array, and is an author of the textbook „Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits.“

Scientific American selected his work on organic computing as one of 10 World- Changing Ideas in 2011, and he was named in Forbes‘ list of top 15 education innovators in 2012. Anant, a pioneer in computer architecture, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the ACM.

He hacks on WebSim, an online circuits laboratory, in his spare time. Anant holds a Ph.D. from Stanford and a bachelor’s from IIT Madras. Anant’s twitter handle is @agarwaledu.


„The MOOCs plateau of productivity is Bologna.“
Wednesday, 24.02.2016, 11.30 – 12.30, Auditorium

Prof. Pierre DillenbourgA former teacher in elementary school, Pierre Dillenbourg graduated in educational science (University of Mons, Belgium). He started his research on learning technologies in 1984. He obtained a PhD in computer science from the University of Lancaster (UK), in the domain of artificial intelligence applications for educational software. He has been professor assistant at TECFA, University of Geneva. He joined EPFL in November 2002. He is now the academic director of the EPFL Center for Digital Education and head of the CHILI Lab: „Computer-Human Interaction for Learning & Instruction“. He recently published a book on „orchestration graphs“.


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