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IEEE TALE 2018 Call for Papers and Presentations

July 02, 2018




Wollongong, Australia (Close to Sydney)

4-7 December 2018


Extended Submission Deadline: 24 August 2018


TALE is the IEEE Education Society's flagship Asia-Pacific (Region 10) conference, catering to researchers and practitioners with an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education--with a particular emphasis on electrical and electronic engineering, telecommunications, computer engineering, computer science and allied disciplines--as well as those interested in the innovative use of digital technologies for learning, teaching and assessment in any discipline. The target audience of the conference is diverse and includes those working in the higher education, vocational education and training (VET), K-12, corporate, government, military, and healthcare sectors.

TALE 2018 will be held in Wollongong, on the spectacular South Coast of New South Wales, Australia, close to Sydney. The theme of the conference is "Engineering Next-Generation Learning.”



Academic Stream

(Refereed papers for proceedings)

- Full or Short Paper with Presentation

- Short or Work-in-Progress Paper with Poster


Practitioner Streams

(No paper--refereed on the basis of abstract)

- Engineering and Technology Industry Presentation or Poster

- VET and L&D Professional Presentation or Poster

- K-12 Educator Presentations and Posters


Non-Traditional Formats

- Pre-Conference Workshops

- Special Sessions

- Panel Sessions




1. Engineering Education (Tertiary)

2. Computing & IT Education (Tertiary)

3. STEM Education (K-12)

4. Technology-Enhanced Learning

5. Online & Flexible Learning

6. Laboratory Learning

7. Workplace & Industry-Based Learning

8. Community-Based & Informal Learning

9. International & Transnational Education

10. Equity, Diversity & Widening Participation




A. Engineering of Technologies for Learning: An Emerging Discipline (organised in cooperation with the IEEE Industry Connections Industry Consortium on Learning Engineering--ICICLE)

B. XR (VR/AR/MR) & Immersive Learning Environments (organised in cooperation with the Immersive Learning Research Network--iLRN)

C. Big Data, Analytics & Machine Learning in Education (organised in cooperation with the Society for Learning Analytics Research—SoLAR)



(These dates are for the Academic Stream--other dates available on the conference website.)


FINAL Extended Paper Submission Deadline: 24 August 2018

Notification of Acceptance: 17 August 2018 (for submissions prior to 2 July); 19 September 2018 (later submissions)

Final Papers Due: 1 October 2018

Presenter Registration Deadline: 8 October 2018

Conference: 4-7 December 2018



All accepted and registered full, short, and work-in-progress papers that are presented at TALE 2018 in the Academic Stream will be published in the conference proceedings (USB with ISBN) and submitted to the IEEE Xplore® digital library. Content loaded into Xplore is made available by IEEE to its abstracting and indexing partners, including Elsevier (Scopus, Ei Compendex), Clarivate  Analytics (CPCI—part of Web of Science) and others, for potential inclusion in their respective databases. Opportunities to publish revised and expanded versions in Scopus-indexed journals will also be made available to authors of selected papers.

Abstracts from the practitioner stream will NOT be published in the conference proceedings or submitted to IEEE Xplore®. However, abridged versions the of abstracts will be made available to attendees via the conference program.



Dr Bror Saxberg--Vice President of Learning Science, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), USA

As Vice President of Learning Science, Dr Bror Saxberg is responsible for CZI’s thinking about how to expand and apply learning science results and good learning measurement practice at scale to real-world learning situations across the full span of learning--pre-K, K-16 and beyond.

Dr Saxberg most recently served as Chief Learning Officer at Kaplan, Inc., where he was responsible for the research and application of innovative evidence-based learning strategies, technologies and products across Kaplan’s full range of educational services offerings. He also worked to maintain consistent learning standards for Kaplan's products and services. DrSaxberg also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer at K12, Inc., where he was responsible for designing both online and offline learning environments and developing new student products and services. Dr Saxberg has also held positions at Knowledge Universe, Dorling Kindersley and McKinsey. Dr Saxberg received an BA with Honours in Mathematics and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, an MA in mathematics from Oxford University, a PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT, and an MD from Harvard Medical School.


Xiaochen (Susan) Zhang—Tech Entrepreneur, TEDx Speaker and Ex-Googler, China

Xiaochen (Susan) Zhang is Director of Global Sales at Bytedance, a leading Chinese Internet company whose content platforms enable people to enjoy content powered by artificial intelligence (AI) technology. She previously worked as a Creative Technologist at Google in London. Ms Zhang has deep expertise in both the buy and sell sides of online advertising, having worked to bring machine learning and programmatic advertising to life for the largest advertisers across Europe and the United Kingdom.

A serial entrepreneur, Ms Zhang has founded multiple start-ups, including Dragon Translating and Interpreting Service, which helps Australian Businesses and government agencies to improve cultural understanding with China. She uses these experiences to mentor young entrepreneurs in Sydney, London and Canada. She is a committee member for the Institute of Director's Young Directors Forum in London and an Australian delegate for the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance.

Ms Zhang holds dual Bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Software Engineering from Zhengzhou University, China and the University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia, as well as a Master of Information Communication Technology majoring in Enterprise Networking, also from UOW.



General enquiries about TALE 2018 may be directed to the conference secretariat at .