An Industrial Engineer, former Science Attaché for the French embassy in Vienna, Xavier joined Dassault Systemes in 1990. He created Dassault Systemes’ Learning Lab for educational research with universities, funded by US and European agencies on the use of digital technologies in education and the development of lifelong learning for the Industry Renaissance: social innovation, precision agriculture, Internet of Things, Virtual Twins, Additive Manufacturing, Collaborative Robotics, SmartFarm/Factory/City/Building and Systems Engineering. A founding member of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies and the Global Engineering Deans Council. He currently develops industry-inspired learning centres, educational government programs and collaboration with engineering education societies. A fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education and of the European Society for Engineering Education.Topic – Learning Ecosystems at the edge of the Metaverse
Abstract – As the planet faces the historic imperative of a green transition, engineers more than ever will use virtual representations to imagine and –above all to create smarter solutions in all human activities. Enabling this evolution requires digital skills to connect virtual universes with reality. The presentation explores fundamental competencies and practical means that emerge in different places of the world to develop them in engineering students. Among such means are global ecosystems in which African countries can invent new roles for their youth and their economies.
A Mechanical Engineer by training, Dr Ruth Graham specialised in aeronautical fatigue, working with BAE SYSTEMS for a number of years. In 2002 she moved to Imperial College London and later became Director of the EnVision project, which sought to transform the undergraduate education across all nine departments in the Faculty of Engineering related to autonomous technology and climate change. Outside work, she uses her skills, creative thinking and leadership to support initiatives designed to increase participation of underrepresented groups in Science and Engineering. Ruth has worked as an independent consultant since 2008. Her work is focused on fostering change in higher education across the world, helping to improve teaching and learning worldwide.
Topic – The Future of Engineering Education: Building on from the lessons of emergency online teaching