Keynote Speakers

Prof. Michael Chia, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Professor Michael Chia obtained his PhD in Exercise and Health Physiology from Exeter University in the UK and a 1st class honours degree in Physical Education & Sports Science from Loughborough University in the UK. He has a Distinction Diploma in Physical Education from the College of Physical Education in Singapore and a Diploma in Seamanship from the Outward Bound School in Hong Kong. Previously, he was a Physical Education teacher and sports coach in schools, a health and fitness instructor, and consultant to several private enterprises and an account manager for a national initiative in corporate health promotion.

Professor Michael Chia is an American College of Sport Medicine-certified Health and Fitness Director and a British Association of Sport and Exercise Science-certified Sport Scientist.

Professor Michael Chia is internationally renowned and for his research, publications and presentations in physical inactivity, fitness and sport in youth, and school-based interventions to increase physical activity, exercise and positive physical education and sport experiences. In the recent past, he contributed his expertise in the formulation of physical activity guidelines for youths (Health Promotion Board, Singapore) and Youth Athlete Development in Sport (International Olympic Medical Commission, Switzerland). He is principal investigator of two signature research projects: “High intensity interval training to make a hit on learning, fitness and health in primary and secondary schools in Singapore” and “A surveillance study on digital media habits in Singaporean preschoolers. In the recent past, successfully accomplished two OER Tier II research grants (OER 16/09 MC and OER 22/10 MC) worth half a million dollars where he explored issues of exercise hydration in youth and physical activity and fitness of Singaporean children and adolescents. He is the international lead PI for project IISSAA (International I-preschooler Surveillance Study Among Asians), where 11 countries- China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Finland and Italy have signalized their participation interest.

Professor Michael Chia is a full Professor of Pediatric Exercise Science at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and was a member of the NIE Senior Management Team, as the Dean for Faculty Affairs up to 30 June 2018. He served two consecutive terms in the University Senate, chairing the Committee for University Development in the last Senate term. Professor Michael Chia served as Vice-Presidents of the Asian Council of Exercise and Sport Sciences and the Education Research Association of Singapore and he is a founder member of the International Forum for Researchers in Education. He is the immediate past-Chairman of the Institution Review Board of the Institute of Sport of Sport Singapore and is on the Board of Directors and vice-chairman, respectively of the Singapore Sports School and Beacon Primary School.


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).