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An Exclusive Interview with Mohammed ALSarem from the University of Hassan II, Mohammadia, Morocco

" be a multidisciplinary scientist adds one extra value, specially when you see yourself in this broadly scientific world and your name together with the names of other scientists."

My name is Mohammed ALSarem, I obtained my BS in Information science and computer engineering from Volgograd State Technical University Russia in 2005 and MS in Computer Science from the same University in 2007. My MS thesis is entitled "Intelligent support of designing algorithmic task". I developed a method that uses both the education data mining and CBR method (Case-Based Reasoning) as a tool for support students/programmers in their work during design algorithm. Since December 2010, I am conducting doctoral research in Computer Science in University of Hassan II, Mohammadia, Morocco. In this research, our interest focuses on modelling learning process and learners acheivement via e-learning environment. I develop a new method to construct concept maps of courses materials and use those maps to guide learners. The scientific value of this work summarized in the interaction between Data Mining, Bayesian networks and Fuzzy set theory. Currently my research interests focuses in e-learning systems, but I think to be a multidisciplinary scientist adds one extra value, specially when you see yourself in this broadly scientific world and your name together with the names of other scientists.

How did you gain interest in Educational Data Mining?
Educational Data Mining is an emerging discipline, concerned with developing methods for exploring the unique types of data that come from educational settings. Due to this many Universities/Institutions attempt to enhance their learning quality and using those methods to better understand students thus this leads me to do research in the Educational Data Mining field.

What trend do you foresee in Educational Data Mining?
Educational Data Mining has been proven as a useful technology for developing useful applications and providing help/advice to both tutors to find out students who needs special attention or change learning strategies and learners to support them during their learning or maximize their performance.

What did you investigate in your last publication?
My last published paper is entitled "Providing Learning Guidance Based on Concept-Effect Model". This paper used a concept-effect model (CER) as a tool to identify the learning problem of students. It is clear that to improve the learning performance, providing intellectual suggestions to each student, particulary when there are many students in the class is difficult and time consuming for teachers. The main contribution of this paper is a novel approach to model the learning process and to guide them during their study. Moreover, an architecture of e-learning system has been proposed.

How do you approach research? How long does it take to complete a paper?
In each step of my research, I first read the relevant books and articles in that area to have a good background about a concrete problem then I try to think about solutions. If the proposed idea has not been studied before, I start working on it. To complete a paper, it depend on the type of problem and the proposed solutions.

What do you consider your most successful moment?
The most successful moment happenned when I gained the award of a best application in the field of Information science and computer engineering in 2007 from Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia.

What would be your recommendation(s) and advise to young researchers who would want to pursue research in Educational Data Mining?
Nowadays, educational data mining domain has a large attention whether by researchers or by the universities. It help students and institutions, and your research play a major role in society.

Were you inspired by a famous scientist or engineer?
There are many, but more surely by Prof. Jokava I. G. my supervisor when I was a student and my MSc supervisor Prof. Shabalina O. A. for her work in educational systems. I am also inspired by my current Ph.D supervisor Prof. Ramdani M. and Bellafakih M.

What is your feeling about open-access publication? Do you recommend it?
Open Access Publications facilitate research cycle, especially in those countries where access to papers is not available and gives authors chance to share their work in less time. I strongly recommend Open Access Publication.

Apart from research, I love reading and watching Disney movies.

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