Keynote speakers

Bryan Alexander

Keynote Speaker 2015 - Bryan Alexander

Bryan Alexander is a futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education. He completed his English language and literature PhD at the University of Michigan in 1997, with a dissertation on doppelgangers in Romantic-era fiction and poetry.

Following this Bryan taught literature, writing, multimedia, and information technology studies at Centenary College of Louisiana.  There he also pioneered multi-campus interdisciplinary classes, while organising an information literacy initiative.

From 2002 to 2014 Bryan worked with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), a non-profit working to help small colleges and universities best integrate digital technologies.  With NITLE he held several roles, including co-director of a regional education and technology centre, director of emerging technologies, and senior fellow.  Over those years Bryan helped develop and support the nonprofit, grew peer networks, consulted, and conducted a sustained research agenda.

In 2013 Bryan launched a business, Bryan Alexander Consulting, LLC.  Through BAC he consults throughout higher education in the United States and abroad. Bryan also speaks widely and publishes frequently.

Bryan is speaking on ‘Waves of the Future: Possibilities for Higher Education‘.

Martin Fenner

Martin Fenner

Martin works as a software developer for the Open Access publisher Public Library of Science (PLOS) as technical lead for their article-level metrics project. He is also involved in the PLOS research data program, and sits on the boards of the research data repository Dryad and the German National Library of Medicine. He was one of the founding Board members of the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) initiative in 2010 and has helped organise the annual SpotOn London scholarly communications conference since 2009. Since 2008 he writes about scholarly publishing technology in the blog Gobbledygook.

Martin trained as a medical doctor, specialising in medical oncology and working at Hannover Medical School in Germany until 2012. He has worked in a research laboratory in Boston for four years studying the genetics of melanoma cells, has done clinical research in the areas of haematology and oncology for more than ten years, and has helped medical students learn the basics of clinical examination and internal medicine for 15 years.

Martin is interested in the intersection of scholarly communication and technology and sees an essential role for open access, open source and open science. While the future of scholarly communication looks bright, he is painfully aware of all the work that still needs to be done, and all the things that can go wrong despite best intentions.

Martin is speaking on ‘KISS goodbye to roadblocks in scholarly communication infrastructure‘.

Phillip D Long

Keynote Speaker 2015 - Phillip D LongPhil is the Associate Vice Provost for Learning Sciences and Deputy Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning, Clinical Professor in Educational Psychology and in the School of Information, at the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. Long provides leadership to the university’s strategy for technology-enhanced learning. Phil contributes leadership to UTx, the local implementation of the edX MOOCs, the UT learning analytics initiative and design of learning environments.

Phil’s current research interests focus on active and blended learning pedagogies, remote laboratories, emerging technologies and the analytics that can be captured by instrumenting interactions in both virtual and environments with the goal of informing learner decision-making.

Professor Long’s professional collaborations are eclectic and international, including leadership roles in the acronym soup of SoLAR, edX, the NMC, and AAEEBL. He is a lapsed-biologist-now-learning scientist focused on emerging technologies, the cognitive interactions with them and the spaces, physical and virtual wherein they occur.

Phil is speaking on ‘Learning Sciences & the Impact on Learning Technologies and Learning Activities‘.

Pia Waugh

Keynote 2015 - Pia WaughPia Waugh is an open government and open data ninja, working within the machine to enable greater transparency, democratic engagement, citizen-centric design and real, pragmatic actual innovation in the public sector and beyond. She believes that tech culture has a huge role to play in achieving better policy planning, outcomes, public engagement and a better public service all round. She is also trying to do her part in establishing greater public benefit from publicly-funded data, software and research.

Pia is currently working as a Director of Coordination and Gov 2.0 for the Australian Government CTO, looking at whole of government technology, services and procurement. As part of this work, Pia runs This is in the Department of Finance, which should really be called “the Department for Whole of Government Stuff” considering the breadth of stuff it does. Read more about Pia >

Pia is speaking on ‘Government  as a platform: enabling innovation and digital citizenship with open data, online services and public engagement’.

Dr Xiaolin Zhang

Keynote 2015 - Dr Xiaolin ZhangWith a physics background, Dr. Zhang graduated from Columbia University USA in 1992 with a Doctorate degree. He was a professor of Information Management in Sichuan University, China, before moving to the National Science Library (NSL), CAS, in 2001. Serving CAS’ 100+ institutes and 50,000+ researchers across China, he has led NSL into a distributed digital information network and developed its embedded knowledge services represented by its subject librarians and information analysts. He has been active in digital library development, digital preservation, metadata and knowledge organisation, open access and scholarly communications, research informatics, and R&D polices.

Professionally, Dr. Zhang was a Member of the Governing Board and Professional Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) during 2005-2009, and is now a Vice President of Chinese Society of Library Science, and the President of the Chinese Special Library Association, while working as Chief Editor(s) for Modern Technologies of Library and Information Services (Chinese) and Chinese Journal of Library and Information Sciences (English). He is currently serving in various capacities at IFLA, SCOAP3, and PLOS, among others.

Xiaolin is speaking on ‘From Information to MetaKnowledge: Embracing the Digitally and Computable Open Knowledge Future‘.