IEDMS BoD elections (2024)

Rakesh Agrawal

Rakesh Agrawal is an active and dedicated member of the EDM community, demonstrating exemplary commitment and leadership. Recently, he served as one of the General Chairs for the successful EDM-2023 Conference, which attracted distinguished speakers including a Turing Prize winner, the ACM President, and notable figures from academia and industry. Rakesh’s unwavering dedication and diligent efforts were instrumental in securing the participation of these esteemed speakers. His contributions extend beyond conference organization; he has previously served on the EDM Board, delivered a keynote address at the EDM-2016 Conference, and authored numerous papers on educational data mining, presented at prestigious conferences including EDM-2017 and 2016. Moreover, Rakesh initiated and continues to sponsor the EDM Test-of-Time Awards since 2017, recognizing annually the most influential paper published over eight years prior.

Rakesh Agrawal currently holds the position of President at Data Insights Laboratories. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of ACM, and a Fellow of IEEE. With a distinguished career that includes roles as an IBM Fellow and a Microsoft Fellow, he has also served as a Visiting Professor internationally at august institutions such as EPFL in Switzerland, Kyoto University in Japan, and the Indian Institute of Science in India. As a Board Member, Rakesh aims to help strengthen ties between the EDM Society and sister professional societies, and further enhance its role as the pre-eminent catalyst for scientific and societal advancement through insights mined from educational data.

Giora Alexandron

Giora Alexandron

Giora Alexandron is an assistant professor at the Department of Science Teaching, Weizmann Institute of Science, and head of the Computational Approaches in Science Education (CASEd) lab.

His current research centers mainly on two areas. First, educational NLP, particularly in non-English languages. Second, on Teacher-AI partnership, spanning from the modeling and algorithmic foundations through learning engineering, to studying how human factors shape acceptance of and trust in educational AI systems.

Giora is particularly interested in working in authentic learning environments and closing the loop to bring his work into schools. An AI-powered formative assessment tool for teachers that was designed and implemented in his lab is among the winners of the Tools Competition 2021-22.

Prior to joining Weizmann Institute of Science, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Physics Department at MIT and the Chief Data Scientist of a large educational technology company.

Giora is serving as the EDM 2025 program co-chair and as an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education.

Ramkumar Rajendran

Ramkumar Rajendran

Dr. Ramkumar Rajendran is an Associate Professor in the Inter-Disciplinary Programme in Educational Technology and the Centre for Machine Intelligence and Data Science (CMInDS) at the IITB. Before his current role, he worked as a research scholar at Vanderbilt University and as an Assistant Manager at NEC Central Research Laboratory in Japan. Dr. Rajendran’s research interests span Learning Analytics, Affective Computing, Educational Data Mining, Intelligent Learning Environments, Self-regulated Learning, MOOC Data Analytics, Natural Language Processing, and Deep Learning. Ramkumar received a Ph.D. from IITB-Monash Research Academy, IITB, India, and Monash University, Melbourne. He served as a Program Chair and Track Chair for various international conferences, including T4E, ICALT, and ICCE. His research has garnered support from funding bodies such as SERB (Government of India), i-Hub, and various education foundations.

Nigel Bosch

Nigel Bosch is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Sciences and the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign (UIUC). His research concerns machine learning, algorithmic fairness, and human-centered computing, particularly in educational contexts. He is especially curious about how students’ individual differences and identities relate to learning outcomes in computer-based learning environments and to their experiences in those environments. Nigel was also Program Co-chair for the 2022 edition of the EDM conference, Guest Editor of a special issue of JEDM on extended articles from the 2022 conference, and current Accessibility Production Editor for JEDM.