Nicolas Balacheff

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Grenoble Computer-science Laboratory, CNRS, France
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Nicolas Balacheff is Directeur de Recherche (senior scientist) at CNRS, the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. He was Director of the Leibniz Laboratory in Grenoble (2000-2006) a multidisciplinary laboratory in computer science and discrete mathematics. In addition, he served as Co-Director of the Rhone-Alpes Chapter of Cognitive Science, and scientific manager of Kaleidoscope, the European Network of Excellence on technology-enhanced learning (2004-2007). He currently leads the Grenoble e-Science centre for Mathematics and computer-science (MI2S). Nicolas graduated in mathematics in 1970 and computer science in 1974. He got his PhD in computer-science in 1978 and the Doctorat es-science in 1988. Since 1975, his main research domain has been mathematics education, with a special emphasis on the learning of proof, and questions related to the modelling of students conceptions. In 1988 Nicolas began to focus on the design of learning environments, in relation to student knowledge modelling and teacher-machine cooperation. As a member of the scientific committee of the NATO special programme on "Advanced Educational Technology," serving as Chairman in 1992, he advocated the need for a comprehensive and multidisciplinary theoretical ground for research in Technology Enhanced Learning. In 1992 Nicolas joined the Laboratory LSD2, and then the Laboratory Leibniz as chair of the research team on computer-based environments for human learning. His main project, Baghera, was devoted to the design and implementation of a multi-agent environment for the teaching and learning of mathematics involving learners, teachers and artificial agents. He has also worked on the microworld project Cabri-geometre and an experimental platform for distant learning in the Academic Hospital of Grenoble. His current project is the development of the cKc model as a bridge between educational and computational efforts at student modelling. As a follow up the creation of the TEL Open Archive TeLearn, he is actively working on a multidisciplinary and multi-language dictionary of TEL terms in the framework the Stellar Network of Excellence. Nicolas is on the editorial boards of many journals, including the International Journal of Computers for Mathematics Learning. He has been on various programme committees at a national and an international level, such as "Artificial Intelligence and Education". He also has expertise for the European Commission, for the Italian CNR, Canadian FONDCAR and NSF projects. Nicolas is the current president of the Technology Enhanced Learning European Advanced Research Consortium which takes care of the legacy of Kaleidoscope.