Patrick WangBio:

My name is Patrick Wang, and I am a Research Associate at the Knowledge Media Institute, the Open University. There, I joined the team working on Garden Monitor, which is part of the MK:Smart project. I am working with Prof. Enrico Motta and Dr. Francesco Osborne.

Garden Monitor is an Android application which informs users of the water needs of their gardens. By using the weather forecast and data sent from sensors in the users’ gardens, Garden Monitor computes soil moisture predictions for the next ten days. One objective of this application is to help users to prevent water wastage.

I also have a PhD in Computer Science from Université Grenoble-Alpes, France. During my doctoral thesis, I was a member of MeTAH, a team within the Grenoble Informatics Laboratory. There, I was supervised by Prof. Pierre Tchounikine and Dr. Matthieu Quignard.

My PhD project concerned classroom orchestration and Technology-Enhanced Learning. Teachers often encounter difficulties while managing their classrooms and the introduction of software applications highlights these difficulties. My research consisted in designing and developing a software framework which support teachers in the orchestration of their classrooms once instantiated.

During the last two years of my doctoral programme, I also was a teaching assistant at the Ecole Nationale de l’Enseignement Supérieur, in the EECS department. I taught Mathematics and C-programming at an undergraduate level.