Announcing a new associate dean in the Faculty of Science and Technology, Dr. Vive Kumar
Athabasca University is pleased to announce Dr. Vive Kumar has been appointed the Associate Dean, Research and Innovation, for the Faculty of Science and Technology.
This is a leadership role focused on enhancing research and innovation in the faculty by building opportunities to increase capacity and awareness, promote success, foster connections and partnerships, and support initiatives for innovation in research and course delivery.
Dr. Vivekanandan S. Kumar is a full professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems.
Imagine a world where software agents living among your computing devices teach, play, study, and mentor you—motivating your interests, challenging you on ethics, nurturing your trust, globalising your presence, and improving the way you live and learn. His research focuses on such anthropomorphic agents, which mimic and advance human-like traits to assist learners.
He earned a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, as the best graduating student in 2001, a master degree in Computer Applications (first rank) and a baccalaureate degree in Physics (third rank) from India. His professional career was launched earlier in 1990 as a Scientist at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing in Mumbai, India. During this tenure, he won a United Nations fellowship to train at the Learning Research and Development Centre, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA.
During his first academic appointment in 2001 as Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University, Canada, he worked as an Educational Technologist with the Asian Development Bank to develop an online learning infrastructure and a master’s degree programme in educational technology for the Open University of Sri Lanka. He took up an academic position as Senior Lecturer with Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand in 2006. Two years later, he returned to Canada as Associate Professor at Athabasca University.
With backing from major funds from NSERC, SSHRC, and CFI, he has become an active member and contributor to the Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED) research community. With over 155 research publications in journals, conferences, and book chapters, he strives to advance analytics-oriented, causality-infused, agile-cognification in human learning and machine learning.
He is passionate about humanity+, knowledge economy, social change through science fiction, and ICT empowered EDI.