Dr Shi Lei
a researcher • a designer • a traveller
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About

I’m a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at University of Liverpool. I research on Human-Computer Interaction and Behavioural Analytics. I design, implement and deliver smart IT solutions. I travel around the world.

as a researcher

I am interested in how digital products and services can be designed and used to improve effectiveness, efficiency and user experience.

as a designer

I enjoy design adaptive, intuitive and persuasive solutions using participatory design methods and gamification and social computing techniques.

as a traveller

I love discovering new and inspiring places. I love staying with locals and meeting other travellers. I have been to 38 countries and a few hundreds towns.

Research

I explore interdisciplinary methods that cut across boundaries of Data Science, Design Science and Behavioural Science. I apply technology-inspired, psychology-driven and people-focused approaches.

Research Interests

My research enthusiasm is to capitalise on and take advantage of theoretical and implementation advances that have been made in the fields of adaptive hypermedia, social computing, game research and motivational theories. I explore innovative methods of combining, threading and balancing the amount of adaptation, social interaction, gamification and open user modelling for Health and Well-being and Educational Intelligence.

Current Project

I am currently working on developing and applying machine learning techniques to predicting and shaping student behavioural change in intelligent online learning platforms, aiming at improving learning experience and learning outcomes.

Funding & Awards

  • 03.2017 Transatlantic Researcher Link - Early Career Researchers, British Council, UK
  • 09.2014 IAS Early Career Fellowship 2014-2015, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick, UK
  • 08.2014 Best Student Paper Award at ICWL, The 13th Int’l Conf. on Web-based Learning, Tallinn, Estonia
  • 07.2014 Best Demo Award at UMAP, The 22nd Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, Aalborg, Denmark
  • 08.2014 Best Extended Abstract Award at YDS, The 6th York Doctoral Symposium on Computer Science, York, UK
  • 08.2013 Best Paper Award at IADIS-EL, The 13th Int’l Conf. on Web-based Learning, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 07.2013 Best Poster Award at ICALT, The 13th IEEE Int’l Conf. on Advanced Learning Technologies, Beijing, China
  • 10.2011 Chancellor’s International Scholarship 2011-2014, Warwick Graduate School, University of Warwick, UK
  • 03.2011 Excellent Graduate Award, Zhejiang Province, China’s government, China
  • 03.2011 Outstanding Postgraduate Leader Award, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
  • 06.2019 Gold Prize Software Design Award, Infoteria Inc., Tokyo, Japan

Presentations & Talks

  • 12.2017 Immersion in eLearning, Northeastern University, Shenyang, China
  • 03.2017 Case Study on Distance Learning MBA Courses at Warwick Business School, Researcher Link Workshop. Maceio, Brazil
  • 06.2016 Motivational Gamification Strategies Rooted in Self-Determination Theory, The 13th Intelligent Tutoring Systems Conf. (ITS). Zagreb, Croatia
  • 09.2015 Digital Co-Design Applied to Healthcare Environments, The 15th IFIP TC.13 Int’l Conf. on HCI (INTERACT). Bamberg, Germany
  • 08.2015 Digital Crowdsourcing in Healthcare Environment Co-design, The 24th Int’l Conf. on Information Systems Development (ISD). Harbin, China
  • 07.2015 Digital Participatory Design: A Future Method?, The 29th British Human Computer Interaction Conf. (British HCI). Lincoln, UK
  • 10.2014 The Critical Role of Profiles in Social E-Learning Design, The 15th Annual Conf. on Information Technology Education (SIGITE). Atlanta, US
  • 09.2014 Designing Visualisation and Interaction for Social E-Learning, The 9th European Conf. on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL). Graz, Austria
  • 09.2014 Defining Learner Experience for Social Adaptive E-Learning, The 4th Imperial College Computing Student Workshop (ICCSW). London, UK
  • 08.2014 Multifaceted Open Social Learner Modelling, The 13th Int’l Conf. on Web-based Learning (ICWL2014). Tallinn, Estonia
  • 08.2014 Contextual Gamification of Social Interaction, The 13th Int’l Conf. on Web-based Learning (ICWL2014). Tallinn, Estonia
  • 07.2014 Making It Game-Like: Gamified Social E-Learning, The 22nd Conf. on User Modeling, Adaptation & Personalization (UMAP). Aalborg, Denmark
  • 10.2013 To Build Light Gamification upon Social Interactions, The 6th York Doctoral Symposium on Computer Science (YDS). York, UK
  • 10.2013 Learning Behaviour Analysis in Social Adaptive E-Learning, The 6th York Doctoral Symposium on Computer Science (YDS). York, UK
  • 09.2013 Evaluation of Social Adaptive eLearning Environment, The 3th Imperial College Computing Student Workshop (ICCSW). London, UK
  • 09.2013 Functioning Social Personalized Adaptive E-Learning, The 8th European Conf. on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL). Paphos, Cyprus
  • 08.2013 Towards Understanding Learning Behavioural Patterns, The 19th Americas Conf. on Information Systems (AMCIS). Chicago, US
  • 07.2013 Social Personalised Adaptive E-Learning Environment, The 16th Int’l Conf. on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED). Memphis, US
  • 07.2013 Social E-Learning in Topolor: A Case Study, The 7th IADIS Conf. e-Learning 2013 (IADIS-EL). Prague, Czechia
  • 07.2013 Designing Social Personalized Adaptive E-Learning, The 18th ACM Conf. on Innovation & Tech in CS Edu. (ITiCSE). Canterbury, UK
  • 07.2013 Evaluation of Social Interaction Features in Topolor, The 13th IEEE Int’l Conf. on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT). Beijing, China
  • 06.2013 A Social Personalised Adaptive E-Learning System: Topolor, The 21st Conf. on User Modeling, Adaptation & Personalization (UMAP). Rome, Italy
  • 10.2012 Exploring Participatory Design for SNS-based AEH Systems, The 11th IADIS Int’l Conf. WWW/INTERNET (ICWI). Madrid, Spain
  • 09.2012 Apply the We!Design in E-learning 2.0 System Design, The 2th Imperial College Computing Student Workshop (ICCSW). London, UK

Academic Services

  • 07.2017 Journal Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies
  • 04.2017 Journal Reviewer, Journal of Computers & Education
  • 10.2015 Journal Reviewer, Journal of Computing and Informatics
  • 03&07.2015 Warwick Manufacturing Group – WMG, University of Warwick
  • 03.2015 Paper Reviewer, Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS)
  • 01.2015 Project Proposal Reviewer, A Czech Health Research Council
  • 02&06.2015 Journal Reviewer, IEEE Multimedia
  • 08.2014 PC Member, Imperial College Computing Student Workshop (ICCSW)
  • 06.2014 Student Volunteer, The 22nd Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, Aalborg, Denmark
  • 03.2014 Book Chapter Reviewer, "The Evolution of the Internet in the Business Sector: Web1.0 to Web 3.0", IGI Global
  • 02.2014 Paper Reviewer, Int’l Conf. on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS)
  • 08.2013 PC Member, Imperial College Computing Student Workshop (ICCSW)
  • 05.2013 Paper Reviewer, Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS)
  • 04.2013 Journal Reviewer, World Wide Web Journal (WWWJ)
  • 03.2013 Journal Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies (IEEE TLT)
  • 08.2012 PC Member, Imperial College Computing Student Workshop (ICCSW)

Teaching

I enjoy teaching young people using fun technologies.

2018 Spring, University of Liverpool

  • COMP281 Principles of C and Memory Management

2011-2017, University of Warwick

  • IB137 Programming Solutions
  • CS411 Dynamic Web-based Systems
  • CS252 Fundamentals of Relational Databases

2010, Zhejiang University

  • Information and Interaction Design

2009, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University

  • Web Design Principles and Techniques

Selected Publications

More papers on Google Scholar

  • L. Shi, A.I. Cristea, "Learners Thrive Using Multifaceted Open Social Learner Modeling". Volume 23, Issue 1, 2016, IEEE MultiMedia, IEEE.
  • L. Shi, A.I. Cristea, "Motivational Gamification Strategies Rooted in Self-Determination Theory for Social Adaptive E-Learning". The 13th Intelligent Tutoring Systems Conference (ITS). Zagreb, Croatia, 6-10 Jun 2016. Springer.
  • L. Shi, J. Mackrill, E. Dimitrokali, C. Dawson, R. Cain, "Digital Co-Design Applied to Healthcare Environments: A Comparative Study". The 15th IFIP TC.13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT). Bamberg, Germany, 14-18 Sep 2015. LNCS 9299, Springer.
  • L. Shi, J. Mackrill, E. Dimitrokali, R. Cain, "Digital Crowdsourcing in Healthcare Environment Co-design". The 24th International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD). Harbin, China, 25-27 Aug 2015. AIS.
  • L. Shi, A.I. Cristea, C. Stewart, "Students as Customers: Participatory Design for Adaptive Web 3.0". The Evolution of the Internet in the Business Sector: Web 1.0 to Web 3.0. IGI Global, 2015 (Book Chapter).
  • L. Shi, A.I. Cristea, "Designing Visualisation and Interaction for Social E-Learning: A Case Study on Topolor 2". The 9th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL). Graz, Austria, 16-19 Sep 2014. LNCS 8719, Springer.
  • L. Shi, A.I. Cristea, S. Hadzidedic, "Multifaceted Open Social Learner Modelling". The 13th International Conference on Web-based Learning (ICWL). Tallinn, Estonia, 14-17 Aug 2014. LNCS 8613, Springer. Best Paper Award
  • L. Shi, A.I. Cristea, S. Hadzidedic, N. Dervishalidovic, "Contextual Gamification of Social Interaction – Towards Increasing Motivation in Social E-Learning". The 13th International Conference on Web-based Learning (ICWL). Tallinn, Estonia, 14-17 Aug 2014. LNCS 8613, Springer.
  • L. Shi, A.I. Cristea, "Making It Game-Like: Topolor 2 and Gamified Social E-Learning". The 22nd Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (UMAP). Aalborg, Denmark, 7-11 Jul 2014. Springer. Best Paper Award
  • L. Shi, D.A. Al-Qudah, A. Qaffas, A.I. Cristea, "To Build Light Gamification upon Social Interactions: Requirement Analysis for the Next Version of Topolor". The 6th York Doctoral Symposium on Computer Science (YDS). York, UK, 29 Oct 2013. York Computer Science (YCS). Best Paper Award
  • L. Shi, A.I. Cristea, M. Awan, C. Stewart, M. Hendrix, "Towards Understanding Learning Behavior Patterns in Social Adaptive Personalized E-Learning Systems". The 19th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS). Chicago, Illinois, USA, 15-17 Aug 2013. AIS.
  • L. Shi, K. Stepanyan, D.A. Al-Qudah, A.I. Cristea, "Evaluation of Social Interaction Features in Topolor - A Social Personalized Adaptive E-Learning System". The 13th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT). Beijing, China, 15-18 Jul 2013. IEEE. Best Paper Award
  • L. Shi, G. Gkotsis, K. Stepanyan, D.A. Al-Qudah, A.I. Cristea, "Social Personalized Adaptive E-Learning Environment - Topolor: Implementation and Evaluation". The 16th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED). Memphis, Tennessee, USA, 9-13 Jul 2013. LNCS 7926, Springer.
  • L. Shi, D.A. Al-Qudah, A.I. Cristea, "Designing Social Personalized Adaptive E-Learning". The 18th ACM conference on Innovation and technology in computer science education (ITiCSE). Canterbury, UK, 1-3 Jul 2013. ACM.
  • L. Shi, D.A. Al-Qudah, A. Qaffas, A.I. Cristea, "Topolor: A Social Personalized Adaptive E-Learning System". The 21st Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (UMAP). Rome, Italy, 10-14 Jun 2013. LNCS 7899, Springer.

Timeline

I am currently a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at University of Liverpool. I teach modules in Department of Computer Science and research on Artificial Intelligence in Education. In the past, I have worked in both academia and industry; I have studied in the UK's and China's top universities.

  • Present

    08.2017

    Lecturer (Assistant Professor)

    University of Liverpool

    Researching on Artificial Intelligence in Education;
    Teaching undergraduate modules.

  • 07.2017

    09.2015

    Information Systems Consultant

    Warwick Business School

    Implemented eLearning platform: my.wbs.ac.uk;
    Taught undergraduate modules.

  • 09.2015

    09.2014

    Research Fellow

    University of Warwick

    Worked on Motivational Theories, Gamification Techniques, and Behavioural Analytics.

    Worked for an EPSRC-funded research programme in collaboration with NHS hospitals.

  • 09.2014

    10.2011

    PhD Student

    University of Warwick

    PhD Theses: Scaffolding for Social Personalised Adaptive E-Learning.

  • 09.2011

    03.2011

    Product Manager

    Vobile Group Limited

    Worked for a Video Content Identification Analytics and Management Platform.

  • 09.2010

    08.2010

    Module Co-organiser

    Zhejiang University

    Taught BSc module: Interaction Design.

  • 08.2010

    09.2009

    Software Engineer Intern

    Alibaba Group Holding Limited

    Developed ERP Platforms for SMEs.

  • 09.2009

    10.2008

    Taught undergrad module: Web Design Principles and Techniques.

  • 03.2011

    09.2008

    MSc Student

    Zhejiang University

    Studied on an MSc programme: Digital Art and Design.

  • 07.2008

    09.2004

    BEng Student

    Xidian University

    Studied on an BEng programme: Network Engineering.

Contact

I am usually in Liverpool, the UK, if not travelling :)

Find Me

  • Room 2.21
    Thompson Yates Building
    University of Liverpool
    Brownlow Hill
    Liverpool L69 3GB, UK
  • +44 (0)151 794 9248
  • lei.shi@liverpool.ac.uk