The APSCE Award Subcommittee is pleased to announce the following award winner of 2022,
APSCE Early Career Researcher Award: Dr. Rwitajit Majumdar (Kyoto University, Japan)
Dr. Rwitajit Majumdar is an Associate Professor at the Research and Educational Institute for Semiconductors and Informatics at Kumamoto University. He is attached to the Graduate School of Social and Cultural Sciences in the Division of Instructional System Studies. Before joining Kumamoto University in September 2023, he was a senior lecturer at the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies at Kyoto University since 2021. He joined as a post-doc researcher in Prof. Hiroaki Ogata’s lab and moved to Japan in 2018.
Rwitajit graduated from the Inter-disciplinary program (IDP) in Educational Technology at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in India, co-advised by Prof. Sridhar Iyer of the Computer Science and Engineering department and Prof. Aniruddha Joshi from the Design School. He did his undergraduate studies and master’s from BITS Pilani, India, in Engineering Technology and Design Engineering. He attended doctoral coursework at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore before moving to Mumbai for doctoral research.
Rwitajit’s research interests include Learning Analytics, designing data-driven services, and studying human-data interactions in the context of education. In the last five years, he has received 3 national grants from JSPS as PI and 3 as co-PI for research related to the GOAL project for designing data-driven platforms to develop learners’ self-direction skills and build knowledge model-based learning infrastructure. At Ogata lab, over the years, Rwitajit worked directly with 7 Ph.D. and 7 master’s students and other research members in various learning analytics research projects and has co-authored more than 100 international conference papers and 30 journal publications. He continues to bridge researchers from the East in Japan, India, Taiwan, and the West to share expertise and perspectives in different collaborative research projects. In 2023
He has actively participated in the APSCE events, being co-chair for the Advanced Learning Technologies (ALT), Learning Analytics and Digital Infrastructure sub-conference track of ICCE, organizing workshops related to Learning Analytics as well as Embodied Learning in ICCE and contributing to RPTEL journal as an author as well as reviewer. Rwitajit was also awarded the IEEE TCLT Early Career Researcher Award in Learning Technologies during ICALT 2023.
Along with research, Rwitajit likes to travel and experience local cultures and practices. His hobbies include photography, music, and mending broken potteries with the art of Kintsugi.