Associate Professor, School of Computing and Information Systems & Adjunct Professor – School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University
Dr. Vive(k) Kumar was born and raised in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. He attended 10 different institutions across the state to complete his 12 years of schooling prior to successfully completing his bachelors degree in physics with distinction. Switching from physics to computer science proved to be a good move when he graduated his masters with top rank honours in 1990 that also launched his professional career as a scientist at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) in mumbai, India. During this tenure, he won a fellowship of the United Nations to work with Prof Alan Lesgold at the Learning Research and Development Centre (LRDC), University of Pittsburgh, USA. His research on ‘model tracing’ at LRDC won him a full PhD scholarship at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, where he worked with Prof Gordon McCalla and Prof Jim Greer. He graduated his PhD as the Best Graduating Student of 2001 and launched his academic career with Simon Fraser University as Assistant Professor. In 2006, he consulted for the Asian Development Bank and worked with the Open University of Sri Lanka in Colombo to develop an online learning infrastructure and a masters programme in educational technology. He then moved to New Zealand to take up an academic position with Massey University in Wellington. In August 2008, he came back to Canada as an Associate Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at Athabasca University to continue his beloved research in online learning technologies.
Vive(k)’s research centers around Technology-Enhanced Teaching, Learning, and Research that extends to mixed-initiative human-computer interaction, causal modelling, model tracing, automated instructional design, lifelong learning, cognitive modelling of self-regulated and co-regulated learning, semantics of online learning interactions, and competency modelling in portfolios. Vive(k) has been successful in attracting major research funds from NSERC, SSHRC, and BCKDF. He is active in the research community with quality publications, service contributions to journals and conferences, funding proposal reviews for NSERC, and establishing Indo-Canadian collaborative research. His personal interests include social impact of science fiction, empowerment of women through information and communication technologies, and comparative analyses of native cultures.