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IDS Distinguished Speaker Series #2
Professor Sihem Amer-Yahia

Host: HKU Musketeers Foundation Institute of Data Science
Co-Host: Centre for Information Technology in Education (CITE), Faculty of Education, HKU
Title: Towards AI-Powered Data-Informed Education
Speaker: Professor Sihem Amer-Yahia, CNRS Research Director, Lab of Informatics of Grenoble, France
Moderator: Professor Reynold Cheng, Associate Director of HKU IDS; Professor, Department of Computer Science, HKU
Date: Jan 31, 2023
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Mode: Hybrid. Seats for on-site participants are limited. A confirmation email will be sent to participants who have successfully registered.

Seminar recording:


The COVID-19 health crisis has seen an increase in the use of digital work platforms from videoconferencing systems to MOOC-type educational platforms and crowdsourcing and freelancing marketplaces. These levers for sharing knowledge and learning constitute the premises of the future of work. Educational technologies coupled with AI hold the promise of helping learners and teachers. However, they are still limited in terms of social interactions, user experience and learning opportunities as they must address a tension between learner-centered and platform-centered goals. Professor Amer-Yahia will describe research at the intersection of data-informed recommendations and education theory and conclude with ethical considerations in building educational platforms.


Professor Sihem Amer-Yahia
CNRS Research Director @ Lab of Informatics of Grenoble, France
Sihem Amer-Yahia is a Silver Medal CNRS Research Director and Deputy Director of the Lab of Informatics of Grenoble. She works on exploratory data analysis and fairness in job marketplaces. Before joining CNRS, she was Principal Scientist at QCRI, Senior Scientist at Yahoo! Research and Member of Technical Staff at at&t Labs. Sihem is PC chair for SIGMOD 2023 and vice president of the VLDB Endowment. She currently leads the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative for the database community. 
Professor Amer-Yahia is a Visiting Research Professor, under the Visiting Research Professors Scheme for the year 2020-23 hosted by Department of Computer Science, The University of Hong Kong.


Professor Reynold Cheng
Associate Director @ the Musketeers Foundation Institute of Data Science; Professor @ Department of Computer Science, HKU

Professor Reynold Cheng is a Professor of the Department of Computer Science in the University of Hong Kong (HKU). His research interests are in data science, big graph analytics and uncertain data management. He was the Assistant Professor in the Department of Computing of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU) from 2005 to 2008. He received his BEng (Computer Engineering) in 1998, and MPhil (Computer Science and Information Systems) in 2000 from HKU. He then obtained his MSc and PhD degrees from Department of Computer Science of Purdue University in 2003 and 2005.

Prof. Cheng has received numerous academic awards, and he is also the Associate Director of the Musketeers Foundation Institute of Data Science. For full biography of Prof. Cheng, please browse:

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