Raymund Sison is Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Full Professor
at De La Salle University (DLSU),
a knowledge center of the Brothers of the
Christian Schools. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Tokyo Institute of Technology,
with Professors Masamichi Shimura
and Masayuki Numao as supervisors, and his M.S. and B.S. degrees in Computer
Science from DLSU. He is currently working toward his
Ph.D. in Education major in Educational Leadership and Management at DLSU.
He also underwent postgraduate
training at the German Research Institute for
Artificial Intelligence in Saarbruecken, Germany, and the United Nations University International Institute
for Software Technology in Macau, China.
He is founding president of the Computing
Society of the Philippines (CSP), which organizes the annual Philippine
Computing Science Congress.
Professor Sison's academic interests are in the areas of software engineering, artificial intelligence, technology-enhanced education, and educational leadership. By God's grace, he has received two national awards: Outstanding Teacher (2010), awarded by the Metrobank Foundation, and Outstanding Young Scientist (2002), awarded by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). He was elected to the DLSU Society of Fellows in 2010.
Dr. Sison also leads FORMDEV, a community of volunteer faculty, staff, alumni, and student "facis" and "auxis" who introduce to freshmen of the College of Computer Studies the Lasallian and Gospel values of faith, zeal, and love, especially for one's faith community and for the poor. The members of the FORMDEV community undergo continuous formation, primarily through weekly inductive Bible study, and regularly engage in outreach activities, including teaching C programming to high school students and building houses for Gawad Kalinga or Habitat for Humanity.
Raymund loves to travel, in fantasy worlds especially (e.g., Narnia, Middle Earth), but also in the "real" world, where he has been to over 30 countries and lived in 4 (Japan, Germany, the U.S., and the Philippines). He especially loves Gothic cathedrals, the Louvre, the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, and the fantastic view of the Manila bay and the sky above it from his balcony on the 37th floor. A fan of C. S. Lewis (Mere Christianity, The Narnia Chronicles), Dallas Willard (The Divine Conspiracy), Timothy Keller (The Reason for God, Jesus the King), Joseph Girzone (The Joshua series), and David Farland (The Runelords series), he hopes to write a Christian fantasy novel someday. He also hopes to one day establish a school and design for it a curriculum that is both faith- and science-based, and train for it teachers who have a scientific mindset, but who love God and people.
Prior to assuming associate vice-chancellorship, I used to regularly teach three quite disparate courses:
Trimester 1: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (INTROAI/INTESYS).
I love teaching this course because AI is so vast and multidisciplinary, and it is such a challenge to simplify
it so that students will understand and appreciate its essence.
Trimester 2: Introduction to Computer Programming (COMPRO1).
I enjoy teaching introductory programming to those taking it for the second time
because of the need to present it differently and in such a manner that students will value the course as well as themselves.
Trimester 3: Advanced Software Engineering (ADVANSE).
This course is taken by graduating students, and I always look forward to teaching it because it broadens their perspective as well as mine,
and gives me a special opportunity to help prepare them for the life ahead.
I conduct research in four quite disparate areas, which I list below with a few sample publications.
Software Processes and Practices.
I shifted to this area from AI a few years after I returned to the Philippines. My PhD (Computer Science) dissertation was in AI,
but I realized that the country was (and still is) not ready for AI, in education particularly.
Sison, R. 2009. Investigating the Effect of Pair Programming and Software Size on Software Quality and Programmer Productivity. In Proceedings of the Sixteenth Asia Pacific Conference on Software Engineering (APSEC 2009), Penang, Malaysia, 1-3 December 2009. Published by IEEE CS Press.
Sison, R., Yang, T. 2007. Use of Agile Methods and Practices in the Philippines. In Proceedings of the Fourteenth Asia Pacific Conference on Software Engineering (APSEC 2007) (ISSN 1530-1362, ISBN 0-7695-3057-5), Nagoya, Japan, 5-7 December 2007. Published by IEEE CS Press, pp. 462-469.
Sison, R., Jarzabek, S., Ow, S.H., Rivepiboon, W. & Nguyen, N.H. 2006. Software Practices in Five ASEAN Countries: An Exploratory Study. In Proceedings of the Twenty-Eighth International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2006), Shanghai, China, 20-28 May 2006. Published by ACM Press. pp. 628-631.
Artificial Intelligence in Education.
My PhD (Computer Science) dissertation was in this area. I love the interdisciplinary nature of AI.
Sison, R., Numao, M., & Shimura, M. 2000. Multistrategy Discovery and Detection of Novice Programmer Errors. Machine Learning. Vol. 38, Nos. 1-2, pp. 157-180. An earlier version of this paper is cited in Beverly Woolf's 2009 book, Building Intelligent Tutoring Systems.
Sison, R. & Shimura, M. 1998. Student Modeling and Machine Learning. International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education. 9(1-2):128-158.
Sison, R., Numao, M. & Shimura, M. 1997. Using Data and Theory in in Multistrategy Misconception Discovery. In Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 1997). Nagoya, Japan, 23-29 August 1997, pp. 274-279.
Game Design for the Visually Impaired. When I agreed to head the Game Lab, albeit temporarily, in 2010, the design
of audio exergames was one of the areas that caught my attention. I hope to publish a couple of papers on this within the school year.
Presidential Leadership of Higher Education Insitutions.
My PhD (Education) dissertation is in this area. Specifically, I am developing a grounded theory of the psychosocial process that
presidents of highly effective universities go through.
As mentioned above, FORMDEV has regular outreach programs.
This academic year (AY1314T1), the FORMDEV facis are engaged in providing C programming training as well
an introduction to the Lasallian spirituality to teachers and third-year students of Manila Science High School.
2. The C Language
3. Basic Programming Steps
4. Basic Conditional Statements
5. Cascading and Nested Conditional Statements
6. Event-Controlled Iterative Statements
7. Count-Controlled Iterative Statements
8. Nested Loops