Johann Ari Larusson is a Senior Research Scientist in the Center for Digital Data, Analytics and Adaptive Learning at Pearson. He first joined Pearson as a Senior Recommendation Engineer where he led research and development of recommendation engine technologies and adaptivity and analytics for the Alleyoop product. His research and applied work are primarily in the fields of educational technology, learning analytics, computer-mediated collaborative learning (CSCL) and software engineering. Prior to Pearson, he held various R&D positions in the technology industry, academia and banking. Even prior to educational technology, his work centered around transmission, manipulation and analysis of large volumes of (unstructured) data. Johann has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed and award-winning publications, was a founding member and chair of the First North East Regional Learning Analytics Symposium, and has served as a reviewer for a number of journals and conferences. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brandeis University.