Mr Nicholas Wong Wai Hong
Mr Nicholas Wong Wai Hong had one year of industrial working experience as a Software Engineer in Experian, performing code maintenance and feature development involving large Java enterprise tools and software. Thereafter, he joined Monash University Malaysia as a student and sessional tutor in 2016 performing research tasks and teaching up until now. He graduated with BSc. (Hons) in Computing, awarded by the University of Greenwich and his current highest qualification is Master of Philosophy in the School of IT, Monash University. Nicholas' main research area is focused on the application of social robotics in classrooms and their effects on learning experiences with research interests spanning game-based education, educational technologies, human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence.
- MPhil. in Information Technology (2018), Graduate School of Information Technology, Monash University.
- BSc. in Computing (2014), University of Greenwich.
My main research interest is focused on the application of social robotics in classrooms and their effects on learning experiences with research interests spanning game-based education, educational technologies, human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence. Recent explorations has led me to gain interest in natural language processing, semantics analysis, emotion analysis and learning analytics, of which could be further developed to give insights for a more personalized learning experience, and these can be applied and integrated into social robots presumably having a minimal negative impact on flow (psychology). Currently, my focus is on the application of social robots into educational environments so that they can be used together with existing curriculum such as classroom teaching, rehabilitation programmes, and so on, and to study its impact in doing so.
This project is an exploratory case study through eight 15-minute tutorial sessions assessed with Flow State Scale-2 with or without a robot tutor’s assistance on undergraduate students in Monash University, Malaysia to better understand the extent of its effect on flow psychology and learning experience compared to human tutors. The introduction of a robot tutor in university tutorial classes was observed to positively affect concentration, perception of time, and feeling of reward; but imposes a more rigid interaction and lesson structure which loses sense of control and spontaneity of action. Limitations in classroom human-robot interaction were discussed, emphasizing the need for an integration framework incorporating automation, accessibility, control and emotion-based assessment.
- FIT1051 - Programming Fundamentals in Java