ABOUT RAYMUND C. SISON

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.


TEACHING

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.


RESEARCH

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.

Artificial Intelligence in Education. My PhD (Computer Science) dissertation was in this area. I love the interdisciplinary nature of AI.

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.


FORMDEV

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.

        Slides
            1. Orientation
            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
            9. Functions
            10. Arrays
            11. Strings