International Conference on Embedding Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Education Policy and Practice for Southeast Asia

SEAMEO QITEP in Science was invited to participate in International Conference on Embedding Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Education Policy and Practice for Southeast Asia, conducted by the collaboration of Ministry of Education of The Republic of Indonesia with SEAMOLEC, SEAMEO Secretariat, UNESCO Bangkok, Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, and Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. This conference was held on 18 – 19 December 2019, at Holiday Inn & Resort, Jakarta. The conference were aimed to introduce AI and how AI could be integrated in education as a powerful engine to improve learning outcomes. 

The International Conference on Embedding Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Education Policy and Practice for Southeast Asia was started by Head of Organizing Committee, R. Alpha Amirrachman, M.Phil., Ph.D. as a Director of SEAMOLEC giving welcome remarks and brief explanation about expected result of the programme from. Following after, there are remarks from Dr. Ethel Agnes P Valenzuela, as a SEAMEO Secretariat Director and, Ir. Totok Suprayitno, Ph.D, Head of Research and Development Agency, Ministry of Education and Culture, Republic of Indonesia.

First day started with Keynote Speech from Yanuar Nugroho, Ph.D, Deputy Chief of Staff for Analysis and Oversight of Priority Programmes at the Executive Office of President Republic of Indonesia , the speech title was Paradigm Shift in Enhancing Policy Making. After that, the session continued with Plenary Session 1, moderated by Agus Haryanto, Ph,D, Deputy Director for Admin, SEAMEO Recfon: The Latest Trends of Humanistic AI: Challenges and Opportunities. At this session there were three speakers, namely Dr. Fengchun Miao, Head of ICT in Education, UNESCO Headquarter Paris which presented material about Leveraging Artificial Intelligence for Quality and Equitable Education; Risman Adnan Mattotorang, Director of Software R&D, Samsung Research and Development Indonesia, presented material about Challenges and Opportunities of AI in Indonesia; and Dennis Reyes Magsajo, Solution Architect, Amazon We Services, presented material about The Latest Trends of Humanistic AI: Challenges and Opportunities (An Introduction).

After lunch break, the session continued with Plenary Session 2 were moderated by Dr. Impron, M.Agr.Sc, MIT Program Coordinator, SEAMEO Biotrop. This session had six speakers, namely Prof. Jang Youn Cho, Ph.D President Director, PT. Cyber Edu Inkor, which convey about Propoting Digital Talents – AI Era; Prof. Dr. Ir. Kudang Boro Seminar, M.Sc., IPB University, which convey about Education: how to be Powerful Agile Learners in the Millenial Era; Muhammad Ghifary, Head of Artificial Intellegence Bukalapak, which convey about Towards Human-Centered AI; Teguh Bharata Adji, ST., MT., M.Eng, Ph.D, Gajah Mada University, which convey about Innovative Learning for Building Soft Skills in Students and Teachers; Bilal Musharraf, Global Vice President, Strategy & Businness Development Edmodo, which convey about  From Content Creation to Curation; Khrisna Ariadi Pribadi, MSEE, Director of Cognixy, which convey about Leap Into The Future. The first day wewe closed by VIP dinner invitation from MoEC Republic of Indonesia.

At the second day, the session continued by Keynote Session with theme “Indonesian Education Policy Toward AI”. This session had two speakers, namely Ir. Totok Suprayitno, Ph.D, Head of Reserach and Development Agency, Ministry of Education and Culture, Republic of Indonesia, which presenting about Embedding Artificial Intelligence in Indonesia Education; and Prof. Dr. Ismunandar, Director General of Learning and Student Affairs, Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, which presenting about Answering the Future Challenges: Artificial Intelligence in Indonesian Higher Education. After that, the session continued by Plenary Session 3: AI Development in Education. This session had four speakers, namely Dr. Elizabeth Mendosa, Weidong Cloud Education Group Qingdao, P R China, which presenting about Intelligence: Revitalizing Early Childhood, Basic and Secondary Education; Toufani Lesmanawati, M.Ed, Centre for Development and Empowerment of Kindergarten and Special Education Teachers and Education Personnel, Ministry of Education and Culture of The Republic of Indonesia, which presenting about Artificial Intelligence Development in Early Childhood Education; Gogot Suharwoto, Ph.D, Head of ICT Center of Education, Ministry of Education and Culture, which presenting about Implementing Artificial Intelligence in MoEC; and Dr. Ir. Inggriani Liem, MM, Bandung Institute of Technology, which presenting about AI Development for Early Childhood, Basic and Secondary Education K-12 Indonesian Informatics Curriculum. This session were moderated by Prakaikan Schneitz, Deputy Director for Program, SEAMEO SEAMOLEC. 

After lunch break, the conference continued by Breakout Session that devided by three topics; The Latest Development of AI Ecosystem, Distance Education for Ensuring Inclusive and Lifelong Learning through AI, and Best Practices of AI Utilization in Teaching and Learning. At the end of the session, conference was closed with closing remarks by Soeparto, Special Staff of Minister on Public Communication and International Collaboration, Ministry of Education and Culture, Republic of Indonesia.

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