Social Activities

We have assembled a small social programme to accompany IE'14 which revolves mostly around a gala dinner featuring traditional Chinese musicians. We are still finalising these activities but the main activities are listed below. If you have any suggestions please send them to us at

Marking the 10th Anniversary of IE Conferences

This is the 10th edition of the Intelligent Environments conference series, We are very interested in keeping in contact with all our old friends who have attended previous Intelligent Environments (IE) conferences (or new friends who will come to this year's conference!). During the last ten years IE has travelled more than 86,000 km (equivalent to traveling around the world 2 times) moving between cities in Europe (Colchester, Athens, Ulm, Barcelona, Nottingham), America (Seattle, Guanajuato) and Asia (Kuala Lumpur, and Shanghai). We hope you will be able to continue that journey with us to Shanghai (China). To mark the 10th Anniverary of IE conferences, we have invited Gordon Hunter (the only IE attendee to have submitted a paper to every IE conference!)  to give a  talk refelcting on how the IE conferences and technologies have changed since the conference was born in 2005 (see following invited talk by Gordon Hunter).   To help Gordon, if you have any photos, video or memories of past IE conferences please email him <G.Hunter [-at-]>. Click here to see photographs of IE'14.

Gala Dinner

The Gala dinner will be held on the the evening of Thursday the 3rd July 2014, in the Xiao Nan Guo (Shanghai Min) restaurant (see review). The address is 565 Zhongshan East 2nd Road, Shanghai. Details of the evening are still being finalised but will include music by the Shanghai Jiao Tong Student Chinese Orchestra who will play a selectiopn of traditional Chinese music pieces. We will also play a piece of music, specially commissioned to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the conference, 'The Intelligent Environments overture', which was composed by Juan-Carlos Zamudio (a violinist, conductor and composer) that we hope will refelect the spirit of IE. In addition, awards for papers and other prizes will be presented.

Shanghai Jiaotong Student Chinese Orchestra

Shanghai Traditional Chinese Music Orchestra

The Shanghai Jiaotong University Student Orchestra has a long and proud tradition with roots that stretch back to its formation in 1920. Over the years it has grown and diversified now consisting of three sections, a Student Orchestra with some 80 students, a Student Symphony Orchestra with some 108 students, and Student Chinese Orchestra with 12 students. The Student Chinese Orchestra will be playing at the IE'14 gala dinner, performing music using traditional instruments to express the diverse culture and scenery in different part of china, such as beautiful hills, streams, high mountains and deserts. The Student Chinese Orchestra generally play a modernized form of traditional music called Guoyue, using Chinese instruments such as Guzheng, Yangqin, Liuqin, Erhu and Zhongruan. In recent years the Shanghai Student Chinese Orchestra have traveled to many countries and universities, performing and teaching local musicians about traditional Chinese music.Shanghai Student Chinese Orchestra in Europe. You can see the orchestra performing as part of the IE'14 video.

Shanghai Student Chinese Orchestra in Europe


Juan-Carlos Zamudio

Juan-Carlos Zamudio image

Juan Carlos Zamudio, is composing a special Overture (International Environments Overture) for the Intelligent Environments series of conferences based on inspirations from aspects of the cultures the conference has visited; UK, Greece, Germany, USA, Spain, Malaysia, Mexico and China and the Czech Republic, where it is heading next year. Victor, a talented violinist and conductor, is a native of Durango, México. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, where he is also an Associate Instructor for the Choral Department as well as the Associate Conductor for the Pro Arte Singers. He received his double major Master in Music degree in Choral Conducting and Baroque Violin from Indiana University, and his Bachelor of Arts Magna Cum Laude from the Universidad de las Americas Puebla (UDLAP), in Mexico. In 2005 he joined the Tibor Varga Conservatory in Sion, Switzerland where he studied with the renowned violinist Francesco De Angelis. He was later awarded a Fulbright Scholarship as well as the "Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA)" scholarship from the Mexican government to continue his musical education in the U.S. He has studied violin with Manfredo Kraemer, Stanley Ritchie, Federico Agostini, and conducting with Robert Porco, William Jon Grey and Richard Tang Yuk. Mr. Zamudio has sung and palyed in ensembles in Mexico, Switzerland and the USA, such as the UDLAP's chamber choir, the UDLAP's Chamber Orchestra, Tibor Varga Orchestra, Choir Novantiqua of Sion, Tango Sensations, Instrumenta Baroque Orchestra, Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, IUB's Baroque Orchestra and the Pro Arte Singers.


Minjuan Wang

Minjuan Wang (Flamenco Dancer)

Minjuan Wang is is a Professor of Learning Design and Technology (formerly Educational Technology) at San Diego State University (SDSU). She is also a professor at the Shanghai International Studies University where she is the holder of a prestigious and much sought-after ‘Oriental Scholar' award from the Shanghai government. In her 14 years at SDSU, she has taught Methods of Inquiry, Designing and Developing for the Global Audience, Mobile learning design, Technologies for Course Delivery, and Technologies for Teaching. Her research specialties focus on the sociocultural aspects of online learning, mobile learning, Cloud Learning (Moocs), and intelligent classrooms. She is a chief editor for one computer science journal, and also serves on editorial boards for four other education technology journals. As a winner of several research awards, Minjuan is recognized as one of the high impact authors in blended and mobile learning. Minjian is a creative writer and also a talented dancer having performed for numerous audiences including a most memorable appearance during IE'12 at the Hotel Mision Boutique Casa Colorada, Guanajuato, Mexico where she gave an exhilarating rendition of Sevillanas (a type of folk dance from the Seville region in Spain), all in addition to an electrifying keynote talk on "Intelligent Cloud-based Learning Environments"; if you missed IE'12 in Mexico, then make sure you come to Shanghai for IE14, and see Minjuan's spectacular dancing. In addition you will be able to catch Minjuan at the IE'14 Educational Forum, which she is organising; an amazing multi-talented woman!


Lorah W. Bodie

Lorah Bodie

Lorah Bodie is the Associate Director for Regulatory Science Programs at San Diego State University. She has over twenty years of leadership experience in strategic planning, organizational development, partnership development, and program management, complemented by a varied background and training in change management, and continuous quality improvement. Prior to working at SDSU, Lorah was the Manager of Research and Development at the San Diego Workforce Partnership, and a Research Analyst in the Strategic Development Department at Scripps Institutions of Medicine and Science. Lorah‘s research centers around the presence and social presence constructs, more specifically instructor immediacy behaviors as they relate to learning outcomes in mediated settings. She will be presenting her research findings at the IE'14 Educational Forum. In addition to the day gigs mentioned previously, Lorah is a professional singer, songwriter, and lyricist. Lorah will be singing one of her newly recorded songs about the ultimate intelligent environment, entitled ."10,001" (click to listen) or use this link to see Lorah performing at IE14 - © 2014 Lorah Bodie and Tristan des Prés. All Rights Reserved.

Michael Gardner

Michael Gardnet - Rock God

Michael Gardner is director of the Digital Lifestyle Centre and The Immersive Education Lab (iEL) at the University of Essex. This Digital Lifestyle Centre explores future lifestyles based around the technical vision of ambient and pervasive computing. The Immersive Education Lab (iEL) is investiugating the postential for mixed reality technologies to transform the current educational experience. He has over 25 years experience in knowledge media both within the industrial research environment and academia. During that time he has worked extensively in the areas of virtual reality, e-learning, collaborative working, social software and the semantic web. He has worked closely with many industrial partners on innovative research projects, such as BT, Sun Microsystems, and Apple Computer. Michael has pioneered the use of virtual and mixed-reality systems for teaching and learning, having been the principal investigator on the MiRTLE project and the follow-on SIMiLLE project, both of which were based on the Open Wonderland platform. He is now involved in developing virtual reality systems to support government policy making in the EU Framework 7 +Spaces project. In his leasure time Michael plays lead guitarist in one of the most popular soft-rock bands in East Anglia, The Alibi Club, a 4 piece, female fronted, band with a unique "retro-modern 50's pin up" style and image. Michael is a talented guitarist and will be teaming up with Lorah Brodie (see above) to add to the entertainment and confirm Brian Johnson's (Intel) finding that  Intelligent Envoronments conferences "don't suck"! Use this link to see  Michael and Lorah performing at IE14.