Meet the Professors – 24 June

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The 2019 Meet the Professors series is a wonderful chance for staff and students to celebrate the careers and achievements of our newly promoted and recruited professors. Our speakers will share their specialist knowledge and provide insights into ‘what’ and ‘who’ influenced their lives and careers. Professor Kalervo Gulson, School of Education, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences Kalervo Gulson is a Professor in the School of Education. His research is located across social, political and cultural geography, education policy studies, and science and technology studies. His current research programme is focused on education policy futures and the life and computing sciences, and investigates whether new knowledge, methods and technologies from life and computing sciences, including a specific focus on Artificial Intelligence, will substantively alter education policy and governance. His is interested in how education will grapple with and form responses to these changes, both in the academy and in public debates.

Lecture: Education and machines: The impact of Artificial Intelligence on education policy Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly becoming a central part of contemporary life. However, AI is being introduced into education policy areas much faster than research on its effects or regulation on its use. AI promises to help us solve complex social problems, while there are also calls to not use opaque or ‘black-box’ AI systems in social policy areas such as education. This lecture looks at issues arising when machines begin to make education decisions without human interpretations. It asks: if we have AI in education policy, where in the loop should humans be? Please see Professor Kalervo Gulson webpage HERE   Professor Iva Strnadová, School of Education, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences Iva Strnadová is Professor in Special Education and Disability Studies in the School of Education, UNSW Sydney.

She is also the Academic Lead Research at the Disability Innovation Institute. Her research aims to contribute to better understanding and the improvement of the life experiences of people with disabilities, especially those most marginalized, such as people with intellectual disabilities. Combining research with advocacy is essential in her research program, which builds on supporting the self-determination of people with intellectual disabilities, and is grounded in an innovative inclusive research approach, in which people with intellectual disabilities have the role of researcher. Lecture: Towards belonging of people with intellectual disabilites: How far have we come? People with intellectual disabilities are one of the most disadvantaged populations, facing poverty, unemployment, lack of education opportunities, isolation, abuse and neglect.

My lifelong passion has been to conduct research that can contribute to improvement of life experiences of people with intellectual disabilities. My research spans topics such as transitions experienced by people with intellectual disabilities, parenting supports for people with intellectual disabilities, sexuality education for adolescents with this condition, impact of the mobile technology on social inclusion, and belonging and people with intellectual disabilities, to name a few. I will provide an overview of my research, including its application to my teaching and its advocacy aspects. Please see Professor Iva Strnadová webpage HERE PLEASE CHECK HOW TO ARRIVE TO THE VENUE Location: The Chancellery, Council Chambers (C22), UNSW Sydney, Kensington.  Please see the UNSW Map here and Google map  (The nearest entrance is Gate 9 off High St, and the nearest building is the Sir John Clancy Auditorium) For more Information on how to get to UNSW please click here.  

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