Imran A. Zualkernan

has diverse research and development exposure in learning technologies and embedded systems. He has academic as well as commercial exposure to advanced learning technologies. He has worked on organizational learning issues for multiple divisions of IBM including Owego, York Town, Rochester and East Fishkill. He was a principal design engineer for high-end embedded robotic applications. He has also been the founding CEO of an offshore development company and served as the Chief Technology Officer for a startup e-Learning company. He has taught at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and at Penn State University, University Park and has over 100 research publications that span Cognitive Science, Management Science and Computer Science and Engineering. He is currently an Associate Professor of Computer Engineering and the Director of the Internet and Mobile Computing Laboratory at the American University of Sharjah in the UAE. His recent research focus has been on ubiquitous, tangible and wearable game-based learning technologies and he has designed and developed specialized hardware, middleware and software for building such applications.  He has also investigated the use of advanced software engineering concepts like product-line engineering to design ubiquitous learning systems. He has developed a pleasure-based framework for the conceptual design of learning games and has been exploring a class of games that combine problem posing and problem solving in game-based scenarios with special emphasis on playground games. He has been a recipient of the global IBM Faculty Research award in 2006 and 2009 for his research in just-in-time and game-based learning technologies. He also serves as a consultant on learning technologies for the Asian Development Bank. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi, and Golden Key National Honor Societies.


Last update: December 2012

Articles published on IXD&A:

'Design and implementation of a low-cost classroom response system for a future classroom in the developing world', pp. 68-84
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