Marek Hatala



  • MSc, Computer Science, Technical University in Kosice (Slovakia)
  • PhD, Artificial Intelligcence, Technical University in Kosice (Slovakia)


Dr. Marek Hatala is a Professor at the School Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University and a Director of the Laboratory for Ontological Research. He received his PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the Technical University in Kosice (Slovakia). His research is driven by the problems arising between the computing systems and their users. The areas of his prior interests include configuration engineering design, organizational learning, semantic interoperability, ontologies and semantic web, user modeling in ubiquitous and ambient intelligence environments, and software engineering and service oriented architectures. Dr. Hatala’s current research is framed within the area of Learning Analytics. Specifically, he builds on the learning sciences to establishing the theories of effects of open learner models on learner’s motivation with the goal to improve their learning outcomes in the online learning environments.

Research Interests

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • User and Learner Modeling
  • Learning Analytics
  • Technology-enhanced Learning
  • Ubiquitous Computing