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Prof. Matthew Montebello
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Prof. Matthew Montebello

Prof. Matthew Montebello


Associate Professor
Artificial Intelligence
Faculty of Information & Communication Technology
Block A, Level 1
Room 3
ICT Building
University of Malta
contact+356 2340 2132

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Prof Matthew Montebello is an associate professor at the Department of Intelligent Computer Systems at the Faculty of ICT, University of Malta. He heads the Agent Technology Research Group at departmental level, as well as coordinates a number of Interest Groups within the same faculty.

Before joining the University in 1999 with a PhD in Computer Science he was already heavily involved in Education in secondary schools after graduating in 1990 at the University of Malta B.Ed.(Hons) degree. Having obtained an extensive teaching experience and having been involved with the introduction of computer labs through the Ministry of Education, he proceeded to follow the Computer Science domain when he pursued his post-graduate studies obtaining a Masters and a Doctorate at the Cardiff University in Wales in 1996 and 1998 respectively. Furthermore in 2009 and 2016 he also completed an M.A. and an Ed.D. (Higher Education) specialising in the application of artificial intelligence to e-learning.

Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests

  • Agent technology
  • Web Science
  • Mobile Technologies
  • Technology enhanced education

Selected Publications

Camilleri, M. & Montebello, M. 2017, "Optimising the Meta-Optimiser in Machine Learning Problems", 9th International Conference on Machine Learning and Computing (ICMLC 2017).

Camilleri, V., Briffa, V., Dingli, A. & Montebello, M. 2017, "Emotional intelligence in VR - fostering empathy in teaching", 8th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics.

Camilleri, V., de Freitas, S., Dunwell, I. & Montebello, M. 2017, "Classroom Technology Acceptance for Teachers in 3D: A case study in PreVieW" in Handbook of Research on Collaborative Teaching Practice in Virtual Learning Environments IGI Global, , pp. 221-240.

Mallia Milanes, M. & Montebello, M. 2017, "Agent-Assisted Collaborative Learning", International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence (ICAART2017).

Montebello, M. 2017, "e-Learning Paradigms - A model to address known issues", IEEE Computing Conference - Science and Information Conference, (SAI).

Montebello, M. 2017, "Measuring E-Learning Effectiveness Using a Three-Way Comparison", International Journal of Social, Behavioral, Educational, Economic, Business and Industrial Engineering, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 855-860.

Montebello, M. 2017, "Next Generation e-Learning", 5th International Conference on Information and Education Technology (ICIET 2017).

Montebello, M. & Camilleri, V. 2017, "Personalised Language Education", International Journal of Learning and Teaching (IJLT), vol. 3, no. 1.

Montebello, M. & Camilleri, V. 2017, "Social Media in Higher Education", International Journal of Learning and Teaching (IJLT), vol. 3, no. 1.

Vassallo, K., Camilleri, V., Layfield, C. & Montebello, M. 2017, "A Framework for Measuring VR-Based Instruction Effectiveness", 11th annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED 2017).


University of Malta based research groups:
- GameD: Games in Education;
- Web Science Research group;
- Mobile technologies working group.


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