Dr. Katrien Verbert
Katrien Verbert is a post-doctoral researcher of the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) at the HMDB research unit of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Her research interests include content models, content reusability, context-aware recommendation and personalisation, and applications thereof in technology enhanced learning, science information systems and music information retrieval. In that respect, she is currently involved with the RAMLET IEEE LTSC standardisation project that is developing a reference model for resource aggregation. She is also involved with the EU FP7 project ROLE that is focusing on the issue of contextual recommendation as a basis to support the development of Responsive Open Learning Environments. A key element of the ROLE vision for PLEs is that they should be adaptive depending on the needs, preferences and skills of the learner. In this context, she is involved in research on user-centric and context-aware methodologies, technologies and systems for tracking learner interactions with content and tools. These interactions are used for data analysis and computing of personal, social and contextual information about users and applications that is used as a basis for recommendation. She co-organised the workshop on Context-Aware Recommendation for Learning, at the Second Alpine Rendez-Vous in 2009 and the 1st workshop on Recommender Systems for Technology Enhanced Learning (RecSysTEL) that is jointly organised by the 4th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys 2010) and the 5th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2010).