Details of Faculty

Professor Shlomo Dubnov

Shlomo Dubnov is a Professor in UCSD Computer Music and is an affiliate faculty in Computer Science and Engineering. He graduated from the Rubin Music Academy in Jerusalem in composition and holds a doctorate in computer science from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He is a graduate of the prestigious Israel Defence Forces (IDF) Talpiot program. Prior to joining UCSD, he served as a researcher at the world-renowned Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM), in Paris, and headed the multimedia track for the Department of Communication Systems Engineering at Ben-Gurion University, in Israel. In UCSD Dr. Dubnov conducts numerous research and creative projects on applications of Artificial Intelligence for music, entertainment and learning technologies. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and serves as a Lead Editor for ACM Computers in Entertainment. He is currently a director of the Center for Research in Entertainment and Learning at UCSD’s Qualcomm Institute and teaches in the Music and Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts programs. He was a visiting Professor in KEIO University in Japan and University of Bordeaux, France.

As a concerned academic, Dr. Dubnov has been active in free speech and anti-BDS (Boycott Divestment and Sanctions) forums, serving on board of several academic non-profit organizations working to build an international community of scholars dedicated to promoting academic integrity that hold to a standard of academic free speech, where any view that wishes to be heard must also submit to rational, empirically-grounded criticism. He has published editorials on the topic and contributed to a book on Anti-Zionism on campus published by Indiana University Press.

Professor William Elkins

William Elkins is a rhetorician, theologian, and business consultant. Currently he teaches composition and rhetoric at two universities in Little Rock Ar.,and is as well the principle for Rhetoric Applied, a training organization to teach people language skills to obtain success in professional and personal relationships. He is also the founder and primary leader of Insights, a reading group on spirituality and theology. In addition to many years of teaching and lecturing in theology, rhetoric and writing, he has extensive experience in business consulting, investing and fundraising.

His teaching experience covers a broad range of instruction in various fields of humanities, including literature, philosophy, psychology, theology and training and coaching in business. Within the disciple of Rhetoric and Writing, his areas of specialization include Composition, Discourse Analysis, Rhetorical Theory, Political Theology, Biblical Literature, Old and New Testament Theology and Hermeneutics.

Regarding his perspective as a teacher, to him the teacher’s role is not simply to be a depositor of information, but rather a trainer, whose goal is to offer equipping in a given field, so that the information offered produces effective praxis, effective skill development in the use of the tools of the given field.Bill is a 4th generation Texan from Houston, Tx. He and his wife Iree currently live in Little Rock Arkansas. He is the proud father of 3 sons from a previous marriage.

Professor Nesimi Ertugrul

Nesimi Ertugrul received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering and the M.Sc. degree in electronic and communication engineering in 1985 and 1989, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. Since 1994, Dr. Ertugrul has been with The University of Adelaide, Australia, where he is currently an Associate Professor.

Dr. Ertugrul leads the Power Electronics and Electrical Machines research group in the School of EEE, and is a member of the Centre of Energy Technologies at the University, where I actively involve and contribute to various projects.

Some of his initiatives include the development of first computer aided electrical machines teaching laboratory, and the establishment of Autonomous Vehicles Research Laboratory. Furthermore, he has established “Australian Energy Storage Knowledge Bank” and is leading the South Australia node of the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre.

Dr. Ertugrul is a keen supporter of electric energy for all, and low-cost energy for disadvantaged communities and for future industries. He is at the forefront of microgrid and battery applications research and his primary research activities are in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy systems and their integration into the existing grid structure. He has been highly instrumental with a long term vision to develop reliable energy sources with industry. Dr. Ertugrul has a significant experience in sensors, sensing, signal conditioning, specifically in the areas of power quality and condition monitoring.

Eliahu Gal-Or

Actor, Artist, Author, Cannabis Activist, Chef, Filmmaker, If-I-don’t-know-it-I-can-learn-it, Inventor, Peace-Pursuer, Rehabilitation Researcher, Self-educated, Self-employed since age 12, Social Justice Activist/Entrepreneur, Social Media Guru, Songwriter, Suicide Prevention Activist, World Traveler.

Mother-Tongue level in English, French, Hebrew, Italian, Neapolitan, Spanish.

Yair Goldfinger

Yair Goldfinger Co-Founded AppCard, Inc. in 2011 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He. Co-Founded Dotomi, Inc. in 2003 and served as its Chief Technology Officer and as a Director of Jajah Inc. He serves as Advisor of Talenthouse, Inc and an Advisor to the Board of Volicon, Inc. He has deep technology expertise in creating personal, relevant and timely one-to-one messaging channels. He was also Co-Founder of Odysii Inc. (also known as Odysii Ltd.) and of Mirabilis/ICQ the world's first Internet-wide instant messaging service, which was acquired by AOL in 1998. He served as Vice President of R&D and Chief Technology Officer of Mirabilis/ICQ. He serves as the Chairman of the Board at Strategy Runner (US) Limited, as Chairman of Medipower Overseas Public Company Limited, and has been its Non-Executive Director since 2008. He is a Director of PicScout Inc and PicApp Technologies Ltd, as a Director at FiTracks, The Consumer Media Group, Inc., and Silent Communication Ltd. He was granted the Wharton Infosys Business Transformation Award in 2005. Mr. Goldfinger holds a BA in Math and Computer Science from the University of Tel Aviv.

Dr. David Levy

David Levy studied Pure Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics at St. Andrews University, Scotland, from where he graduated with a B.Sc. degree. He taught practical classes in computer programming at the Computer Science Department of Glasgow University, before moving into the world of business and professional chess playing and writing. (He wrote more than thirty books on chess.) He was selected to play for Scotland in six World Student Team Chess Championships (1965-1970) and in six Chess Olympiads (1968-1978). In 1968 and 1975 he won the Scottish Chess Championship. He was awarded the International Master title by FIDE, the World Chess Federation, in 1969, and the International Arbiter title in 1976.

The development of David’s interest in Artificial Intelligence started with computer chess, which was a logical combination of his addiction to chess and his work in the field of computing. In 1968 he started a bet with four Artificial Intelligence professors, including John McCarthy who in 1955 had coined the phrase “Artificial Intelligence”, that he would not lose a chess match against a computer program within ten years. He won that bet, and another one for a further five years, succumbing only twenty-one years after making the first bet, and then to a forerunner of the program that defeated Garry Kasparov in 1997. David was first elected President of the International Computer Chess Association (ICCA) in 1986, and after a gap from 1992 to 1999 was elected once again, a position he has held since then (the association now being named the International Computer Games Association (ICGA)).

Since 1977 David has led the development of more than 100 chess playing and other microprocessor-based programs for consumer electronic products. He still works in this field, leading a small team of developers based mainly in the UK.

David’s interest in Artificial Intelligence expanded beyond computer games into other areas of AI, including human-computer conversation. In 1994 he brought together a team to investigate pragmatic solutions to the problem, resulting in his winning the Loebner Prize competition in New York in 1997. He won the prize again in 2009.

David’s achievements in the associated field of Social Robotics include founding international conferences on the subject, and being a co-organizer of six such conferences between 2007 and 2017. He has published a primer on A.I., Robots Unlimited. His fiftieth book, Love and Sex with Robots, was published in November 2007, shortly after he was awarded a PhD by the University of Maastricht for his thesis entitled Intimate Relationships with Artificial Partners.

David has had a lifelong interest in organising mind sports events, and was one of the organisers of the World Chess Championship matches in London (1986 and 1993), as well as the World Checkers Championship match between the human champion and a computer program (1992 in London and 1994 in Boston), in addition to dozens of computer chess championships and similar events. In 1989 he inaugurated the Computer Olympiad, for competitions between computer programs playing thinking games, which has since become an annual event. David also created the Mind Sports Olympiad, in which human players compete at more than 30 different strategy games and other “mind sports”.

His hobbies include classical music, and he has recently started playing chess again after a long gap away from active play. He lives in London with his wife and their cat.

Professor Ryohei Nakatsu

Ryohei Nakatsu received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electronic engineering from Kyoto University in 1969, 1971 and 1982 respectively. After joining NTT in 1971, he mainly worked on speech recognition technology. In 1994, he joined ATR (Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute) as Director of ATR Media Integration & Communications Research Laboratories. In 2002 he became Professor at School of Science and Technology, Kwansei Gakuin University. Since March of 2008 until December 2014 he was Professor at National University of Singapore (NUS) and was Director of Interactive & Digital Media Institute (IDMI) at NUS. Now he is serving as Adjunct Professor of Kyoto University Design School. Also, he is serving as CEO of NT & Associates.His research interests include interactive media, entertainment technologies and communication robot/agent.In 1978, he received Young Engineer Award from the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers Japan (IEICE-J), in 1996 the best paper award from the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia, in 1999, 2000 and 2001, Telecom System Award from Telecommunication System Foundation and the best paper award from Virtual Reality Society of Japan, and in 2000 the best paper award from Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence. Also, he received in 2010 IEEE Kansai Section medal, in 2011 IEEE Virtual Reality Service Award and in 2012 IFIP TC14 Contribution Award. He is a fellow of the IEEE since 2001 and a life fellow since 2014. Also, he is a fellow of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers Japan (IEICE-J) since 2001 and Virtual Reality Society of Japan since 2012. Also, he is a honorary member of Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence. He is a member of various academic societies such as IEEE, IEICE-J, Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence., and others. He was a chair of IFIP Technical Committee on Entertainment Computing since 2006 until 2012.

His Royal Highness Prince Akinwale Ojomo

MBA. Consulting in global banking operations, developmental consulting, diaspora marketing, employee volunteering programmes, globalization, faith-based initiatives and youth empowerment. With Citigroup, Chams and Center for Management Development; led projects implementation to create jobs in Nigeria through entrepreneurship. Currently, via the Diaspora Innovation Institute, with partnership with Lagos Business School championing initiative to mobilize African diaspora back to their home countries to support engagement and participation in political, economic and social spheres. Chief Convener, African Diaspora Conferences. Author. Recipient, US President's Volunteer Service Gold Award. Facilitate partnership and Faculty at Public Service Training Institute, Federal University of Technology, Akure

Speaker and participant at World Economic Forum event in Asia and Africa as a Young Global Leader and Harvard Kennedy School of Government Alumnus.

Dr. Somaiyeh Vedadi

Somaiyeh Vedadi studied for her Ph.D in Department of Educational Sciences, Mathematics and Creative Multimedia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). In 2016 she got Khazanah Nasional & Imagineering Institute Ph.D Scholarship. In her doctoral thesis, she explored the Effects of Multi-Sensory Augmented Reality on Students’ Motivation in English Language Learning.

She hold a Bachelor (2002 – 2006) and a Master degree (2006 – 2008) in educational technology. She was the best student for the Bachelor’s in 2006. Education has always been an important aspect of her life. She worked as a Lecturer (2009-2011) in Islamic Azad University of Share Rey, Tehran – Iran and she was a Ph.D fellow at Imagineering Institute, Iskandar, Johor Bharu, Malaysia.

Her research interests are Augmented Reality, Multisensory Communication, Human-Robot interaction and research methodology. Her research has been published in several international conferences and journals.

Vision of her research is to use technology for engaging more senses (visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory and tactile) in the teaching and learning process.

Professor Yorick Wilks

Professor Yorick Wilks is a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sheffield, and Reseach Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute at Balliol College.

He studied math and philosophy at Cambridge, was a researcher at the Stanford AI Laboratory, and was Professor of Computer Science and Linguistics at the University of Essex. Following this, he moved back to the United States for ten years to run a successful, AI laboratory in New Mexico—the Computing Research Laboratory (CRL)—established by the state of New Mexico as a center of excellence in AI in 1985. His own research group at CRL was rated among the top five in the US in its area by the lab’s International Advisory Board, and it became totally self-supporting with grants by 1990.

In 1993 he took up a chair of AI at the University of Sheffield, and became founding Director of the Institute of Language, Speech and Hearing (ILASH). Since then he has raised over $50 million in grants from UK research councils and the European Community, and the Sheffield Natural Language Processing Research Group constitutes a major UK group in the area.

Professor Wilks has led numerous UK, US and EC initiatives, including the UK-government funded Interdisciplinary Research Centre AKT (2000-2006) on active knowledge structures on the web (www. He has published numerous articles and nine AI books, including “Electric Words: dictionaries, computers and meanings” (1996 with Brian Slator and Louise Guthrie) and “Machine Translation: its scope and limits,” in 2008. His most recent books are “Close Encounters with Artificial Companions” (2010), and “Artificial Intelligence: Modern Magic or Dangerous Future?” (2019).

He is a Fellow of the American and European Associations for Artificial Intelligence and on the boards of some fifteen AI-related journals. He designed CONVERSE, a dialogue system that won the Loebner prize in New York in 1997, and he was the founding Coordinator of the EU 6th Framework COMPANIONS project on conversational assistants. A Companion keeps track of detailed knowledge of its owner as well as the wider world; its current major implementation is as an elicitor and organizer of personal knowledge and digital records, but the general concept is being adapted to learning, health and travel environments. His Companion-based work continues at IHMC as a part of the Tampa VA Smart Home initiative.

In 2008 Dr. Wilks was awarded the Zampolli Prize at the International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-08) in Marrakech, and the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) Lifetime Achievement Award at ACL-08 in Columbus, Ohio. In 2009 he was awarded the Lovelace Medal by the British Computer Society, and elected a Fellow of the ACM.

Dr. Bosede Edwards

Bosede Iyiade Edwards is teacher, instructional technologist, researcher and writer with over 20 years’ experience spanning teaching, research, management and entrepreneurship. She has a multidisciplinary background with honours Bachelor in Chemistry (1994) and a Master in Organic Chemistry (1997), both from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria; a PG Diploma in Education from Obafemi Awolowo University, and Master and PhD in Educational Technology from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). She worked briefly as a Chemist at the State Water Corporation and was a lecturer at Osun State College of Education, University of Ibadan and Lagos State University (COE Campuses), Nigeria, between 2008 and 2016. She is passionate about creating responsive learning spaces with a focus on the future of instruction and workspace.

Bosede is a Research Fellow at the Imagineering Institute, Malaysia, where she works on R & D initiatives on the future of instruction. She worked as a Research Officer on various projects on innovative pedagogies and instructional technology at the Center for Teaching and Learning, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. She is a Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator with experience in multimedia, visual and graphic design, and application of design principles across multiple contexts. Her specialty includes designing effective instruction, technology integration, research dissemination approaches, and managing interdisciplinary academic forums and Open-Access academic journal systems. She currently coordinates Learning, Research & Linkages at Global Trends Academy (GTA) where she takes responsibility for curriculum, and content development. She also serves as Managing Editor of GTA journals and as editorial board member/reviewer for many academic journals and refereed proceedings. As future instruction begins to respond more to borderless learning spaces, Bosede is exploring the future of eLearning, technology-enhanced learning in line with emerging technologies, and international education.

A quiet community mobilizer, who contributed uniquely to the social and academic community during her time as a doctoral scholar at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Bosede was a two-time (2014 & 2015) awardee of the graduate school’s International Doctoral Fellowship. She also won several awards including the Best Postgraduate Student, the Academic Excellence Award of the Education Faculty, as well as several awards by the Office of International Affairs, for excellent service as Vice-President of the International Student Society, Chairman of Central Organizing Committee for an International Multidisciplinary Conference, and organizer of several academic workshops, seminars and social campaigns. Bosede won the ‘Faculty Fellow’ Award for Engineering Education by IEEE Frontiers in Education at San Jose, California in 2018.

Bosede is a writer and published author of several academic articles, as well as three (3) fictions, two (2) non-fictions and an introductory organic chemistry textbook. Her spare time is spent reading, writing or serving the academic and religious communities to which she belongs in several capacities. She makes out time to teach, train or speak to teachers and to work with young people from time to time. She enjoys cooking, entertaining guests, and making music with her family and friends. She lives in Iskandar Puteri, Malaysia with her husband and three teenage children