Keynote Speakers

Prof. Michael Chia, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Professor Michael Chia, PhD, BSc (1st class), National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, SINGAPORE. Professor Michael Chia obtained his PhD, majoring in Paediatric Exercise Physiology from Exeter University in the UK. He earned a 1st class honours degree in Physical Education and Sports Science from the Loughborough University in the UK and a Distinction Diploma in Physical Education from the College of Physical Education in Singapore. He is Professor of Paediatric Exercise Physiology and Dean for Faculty Affairs, and was previously, the Head of Physical Education and Sports Science at the NIE, NTU. His professional credentials include certifications by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) as a sports scientist (Physiology Research), the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) as a Health and Fitness Director and the Outward Bound School in Hong Kong. He held Visiting Professorship stints to Japan and Taiwan and gave invited keynote lectures to international audiences in Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, China, Portugal, Romania, Greece and the United Kingdom. He is also an invited expert panel member for the International Olympic Medical Commission Consensus Group on Youth Talent Development in sport. His published research articles are in the area of in(activity), fitness and well-being of youth and school physical education. Professor Michael Chia pioneered innovative school intervention programmes such as PRIDE for PLAY™, which has multi-layered benefits and is currently involved in researching its efficacy in schools in Singapore. PRIDE for PLAY™ won a highly commended award from World Leisure International Innovation Prize in 2010. He earned three commendation awards for excellence in teaching at the university and has supervised 10 graduate students to completion at Master and PhD levels. Professor Michael Chia is a sought-after expert for his views on children and adolescent health matters and his research were featured in the national (radio, television and press), and international print media.


Assoc. Prof. Eric C.K. Cheng, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dr. Eric Cheng is a specialist in knowledge management, educational management and Lesson Study. He is currently associate professor of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction of the Education University of Hong Kong. Eric earned his Doctor of Education in education management from the University of Leicester. He has been publishing locally and internationally, with over 50 articles in various media covering the areas of knowledge management, school management and Lesson Study. He is the author of an academic book entitled Knowledge Management for School Education published in 2015 by Springer. Eric has been successful in launching more than 10 research and development projects with external and competitive funds in the capacity of Principal Investigator (PI). He received the Knowledge Transfer Project Award from EDUHK in 2014-15, Scholarship of Teaching Award in 2013-14 and Knowledge Transfer publication Awards in 2012-13 form Faculty of Human Development of EDUHK.


Prof. Tomokazu Nakayama, Jissen Women’s University, Japan

T. Nakayama A. was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Nakayama earned a bachelor degree in English Literature and Linguistics from Obirin University in 1991, and MA in TESOL at Teachers’ College Columbia University in 2001 and Ph.D. at Hiroshima University in 2013. He is specialized in learning science. His current research interests are English as an International Language (EIL) and development of new learning methods to promote proficiency of EIL learners. He developed VA shadowing method to improve Japanese EIL learners’ listening skills and the book on its mechanism will be released this year. Now he and his colleagues are developing the new method called Instant Translation method to promote proficiency of Japanese EIL learners. He is currently an associate professor at Jissen Women’s University in Tokyo and teaches English and English teacher training courses.


Invited Speakers

Prof. AOKI Kyota, Utsunomiya University, Japan

Kyota Aoki was born in Osaka, Japan on December25, 1951. Kyota Aoki studied before teaching in Utsunomiya with Computer science. He had given PhD of Engineering from Osaka University, Osaka, Japan at 1979. He works in computer science. He started from automaton, then moved to image processing. He worked at Graduate school of Engineering, Utsunomiya University in Utsunomiya, Japan. Now, he retired and serves as a visiting professor of Utsunomiya University and works for the measurements about human motion and their analysis for the applications in education and health care. Dr. Kyota is the member of IECIE, IPSJ, JALD, and JSSMID.


Assoc. Prof. Mathura Prasad Thapliyal,HNB Garhwal University, India

Dr. Mathura Prasad Thapliyal, born in November 11, 1959, is currently associate professor in Department of Computer Science & Engineering, HNB Garhwal University, India. He has 20 years teaching experience, specializing in data mining and software engineering and cognitive sciences. He had visited China, USA, Italy and Singapore as the visit scholar. Moreover, He is a member of Computer Society of India and the Senior Editor of International Journal of Information Technology and Management(IJITM).