What's your name, how old are you and where do you come from?
Sylvie Studente, 42 years old, from Northampton, England
What do you do for a living?
I am an Assistant Professor at Regents University London. As well as being Course Leader for the MSc in Digital Marketing and Analytics, I am an active researcher with 20-years experience in leading and contributing to a number of international research projects. I obtained my PhD in Human Computer Interaction in 2008 from the Knowledge Media Institute at The Open University, and have since completed a number of additional post-graduate studies in Education. My BA and MSc are in the areas of Business and Computing. My research interests span the areas of: education, assessment, e-learning, and technology. Prior to my position at Regent’s University, I taught at a number of other HE institutions leading courses on Interaction Design, Artificial Intelligence, Marketing and Project Management. I also have industry experience in the fields of Project Management, Artificial Intelligence and Interaction Design in both business and education contexts. As well as my duties at Regent’s University London, I am a Chief External Examiner for the University of Westminster, and a Doctoral Supervisor for the University of Northampton. I am a member of the Advisory Board for the Journal of Knowledge Management, Economics and Information Technology, and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Psychological Research.
What is your favorite thing about your job?
Inspiring and motivating students to achieve their potential through teaching. In terms of my research, I enjoy investigating ways to support students in their education.
Can you remember the first time you met a chatbot?
Chatbots have been around for many decades, the first time I met one was talking to customer service chatbots online which were used as applications of natural dialog systems.