Dr Wayne Holmes is a Lecturer in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK, where he leads on AIED. He has been involved in education and educational technology for more than 25 years, receiving his Ph.D. in Education (Learning and  Technology) from the University of Oxford. He also has degrees in Philosophy (MA) and  Education (MSc Oxon). His research interests are in the learning sciences, AIED,  and ethics. Currently, he is a member of the UK Parliament’s All Party Parliamentary Group on AI Education Taskforce, and is working with UNESCO developing policy guidelines for AI applied in education. He is also lead author of the recently published book: “Artificial Intelligence in Education. Promise and Implications for Teaching and Learning”.

Dr Duygu Bektik is a postdoctoral research associate in the Institute of Educational Technology, Open University UK. Over the last 10 years, she has been studying in the fields of computer science, instructional technologies, and education. She holds BA (1st) and MA (1st) degrees in Computer and Instructional Technology Teacher Education from the Bilkent University, Turkey, MSc (Distinction) in Software Engineering from University of Southampton, UK and a Ph.D. in Learning Analytics from the Open University, UK. Her current research looks at the relationship between humans and machines and ways of resolving the ongoing tensions around ethical issues.

Professor Beverly Park Woolf, Ph.D. is a Research Professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Director of the Center for Knowledge Communication. Her research focuses on building systems to effectively train, explain and advise users. Extended multimedia capabilities are integrated with knowledge about the user, domain and dialogue to produce real-time performance support and on-demand advisory and tutoring systems. The tutoring systems use intelligent interfaces, inferencing mechanisms, cognitive models and modifiable software to improve a computer’s communicative abilities. These systems have been tested with learners, trainers and deployed in education and industry. College of Information and Computer Sciences, University of Massachusetts.

Professor Rose Luckin, PhD, is a Professor in the UCL Knowledge Lab, University College London. She has been developing and writing about the Learning Sciences, Educational technology and Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED) for over 20 years. Her research explores how to increase participation by teachers and learners in the design and use of technologies. In addition to over 50 peer-reviewed articles and two edited volumes, Prof. Luckin is the author of Re-Designing Learning Contexts (Routledge, 2010), and lead author of the Decoding Learning report (Nesta, 2012) and Intelligence Unleashed: An Argument for Artificial Intelligence in Education (2016). Her work is interdisciplinary and encompasses education, psychology, artificial intelligence and HCI. Rose is also a co-founder of the UK’s Institute of Ethical AI in Education.


Maria Di Gennaro is a Research Manager in the Institute of Educational Technology who has responsibility for the OU’s openTEL priority research area, and for the openAIED OU SIG.