Who We Are

ASK was founded in 1999 by Professor Demetrios Sampson.

Demetrios is a Professor of Digital Systems for Learning and Education at the Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus, Greece where he serves as Academic Staff since 2003.

He has been a Professor of Learning Technologies and Director of Research at the School of Education, Curtin University, Australia (2015-2017); Visiting Professor and/or Research Scholar at: Athabasca University, Canada (2010), National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan (2011), University of Tunis, Tunisia (2012, 2013), Peking University, Beijing, R.P. China (2013), Beijing Normal University, R.P. China (2013), University of North Texas USA (2013), The University of Hong Kong, R.P. China (2016) and University of Tartu, Estonia(2017); Senior Research (1999-2003) and Adjunct Researcher (2003-today) at the Information Technologies Institute of the Center for Research and Technology – Hellas (CERTH).

His research expertise is in the fields of Learning Technologies and Digital Learning demonstrating a significant scientific impact as he is listed at the top 15 researchers globally in the field of Learning Technologies based on Google Scholar citations (January 2018). He is the author of 340 articles in scientific books, journals and conferences, and the editor of 12 books, 32 special issues and 35 international conference proceedings. He has received 10 times Best Paper Award in International Conferences on Learning Technologies. He has been a Keynote/Invited Speaker/Lecturer in 80 International/National Conferences and/or Postgraduate Programs around the world. He has been project director, principle investigator and/or research consultant in 70 Research and Innovation projects with external funding at the range of 16 Million€. He has supervised 155 honours and postgraduate students’ research projects to successful completion.

He has developed and delivers the first Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on the use of Educational Data Analytics by School Teachers, in the world (Analytics for the Classroom Teacher), offered by the edX platform (a Harvard and MIT led global initiative) which has attracted more than 8500 participants from 147 countries around the world since October 2016.

Demetrios is a pioneer of open access movement to research dissemination by serving as Editor-in-Chief of one of the first open access journals in educational technology, the Educational Technology & Society Journal, since 2003. The journal is currently ranked as #3 in Scholar Google Top Publications in Educational Technology (January 2018). He has also served or serves as Member of the Steering Committee and/or Advisory and/or Editorial Board of 25 International/National Journals, in various leadership roles in more than 75 International Conferences and at the Program Committee of more than 500 International/National Conferences.

He has also led various initiatives under IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity, to improve awareness among researchers and open up avenues for mentorship in learning technology. Examples of these global initiatives include the IEEE International Conference series on Advanced Learning Technologies (leading the conference since 2002) and the IEEE Technical Committee on Learning Technologies (leading this international network of more than 2000 professionals in learning technologies worldwide).  He has served as the Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Learning Technologies (2008-2011, 2016-2018) and Vice-Chair (2003-2007 and 2011-2015).

Demetrios is the recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Service Award (July 2012) and named a Golden Core Member of IEEE Computer Society in recognition of his contribution to the field of Learning Technologies. This most coveted recognition is given to 450 prominent experts in the world since 1996 by the IEEE Computer Society, the world’s leading membership organization for professionals in all aspects of modern computing with 60,000 members from 168 countries.

He has received a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece in 1989 and a Ph.D. in Electronic Systems Engineering from the University of Essex, UK in 1995.