My name is Daniele Di Mitri and I am a young learning technologist. I was born in Bari, Italy, then moved in Maastricht in The Netherlands. Europe feels like my homeland at the moment, but I am taking courses as I want to become a global citizen. 

My overarching mission is to shift current Education and Learning paradigms by leveraging the potentials of data and technology and by following inclusive pedagogy and ethical practices. Education is the main driving force of social development because it shapes individuals, allows to transmit values and brings about change. Education is the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world (Freire, 2000).  

My interest in Education starts when I was very young, at the age of 15. I became a student representative and student union activist in Unione degli Studenti local, national and international level. I was on the board of OBESSU, a European youth NGO. I contributed to educational policy development with institutions such as the European Commission, OECD, UNESCO. Later I was vice-president of the Lifelong Learning Platform with the portfolios in digital learning and active citizenship.

My field of study is technology: I completed a master in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Maastricht, where I learnt about robotics, intelligent agents, data analysis and machine learning.

I was PhD candidate at Faculty of Education (former Welten Institute) of the Open University in the Netherlands (2016-2020). The title of my PhD project is the "Multimodal Tutor: adaptive feedback from multimodal experience capturing".  I research about data science in education, multimodal data, learning analytics, machine learning, wearable sensor support. Through wearable sensors and data mining techniques we are investigating the potentials of multimodal data for tracing learning activities across physical and digital spaces. My long-term vision is better understanding human learning through machine learning and combines human and artificial intelligence. My bachelor thesis (Computer science at University "Aldo Moro" Bari - Italy) investigates how to use data and generate Learning Analytics to foster formative assessment by generating feedback and raising awareness both in teachers and learners.

My work experience is also in the field of technology. I started as working as a front-end developer and graphic designer. At the age of 19, I founded my own web-agency start-up which in five years has provided businesses and organisations with ad-hoc web solutions and modern websites. In 2015 I was selected as Extreme Blue intern at IBM Amsterdam: there with a team of four people, I prototyped the Ziggo Drone, an Emergency Autonomous Hotspot Drone whose function was to bring Wi-Fi connectivity on-demand. 

Some topics that interest me:

learning analytics across physical and digital spaces, multimodal data in learning, machine learning, artificial intelligence in education, intelligent tutoring systems, biofeedback, standards and interoperability (Experience API), semantic technologies, learner recommendation systems, user modelling and adaptation, digital formative assessment, social network analysis.




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JTEL summer school 2016 Estonia. Picture credits: Mikhail Fominykh

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