Faculty Highlights

Samuel Joseph, Ph.D.

Professional Experience

Hawaii Pacific University, USA
Associate Professor, Dept. Math & Computer Science    (Sep. 10 – present)
Research into online learning and Design, HCI & usability for mobile devices. Teaching Artificial Intelligence, Mobile, Internet and Game Programming.

University of Hawaii, USA
Researcher, Aquaculture Program                               (Dec. 09 – Jun. 10)
Administrator of University of Hawaii Second Life Campus, Aquaculture Island and AquacultureHub.org social networking site & mobile apps.

University of Hawaii, USA
Researcher, Educational Technology                            (Aug. 09 – Nov. 09)
Administrator of University of Hawaii Second Life Campus, co-ordinating virtual 3D environment research and teaching with six different departments.

University of Hawaii, USA
Assistant Researcher, LILT                                          (Mar. 07 – Jul. 09)
Managed research team of 12 exploring augmented reality systems, mobile computing and educational software for second language learning.

University of Hawaii, USA
Research Assistant, LILT                                              (Jan. 04 – Dec. 06)
Research into collaborative learning technology and tools for online communities.

University of Tokyo, Japan
Research Associate, Strategic Software Division           (Feb. 02 – Jan. 03)
Research into decentralized network systems, focusing on peer-to-peer, semantic routing, and distributed meta-data in multi-user systems. Supervision of graduate students.

NeuroGrid Consulting, Japan
Head of Research & Development                                (Jan. 01 – Jan. 02)
Managed small team to provide consulting services on P2P, distributed AI and Cognitive Psychology to Cerego, Neoteny and Japan Inc.

ValueCommerce, Japan
Information Management & Internet Developer           (Feb. 00 – Jan. 01)
Research into website personalization and development of a high performance, heavy load e-commerce transaction tracking system in Java.

Toshiba Research & Development Centre, Japan
Toshiba Research Fellow                                                (Feb. 98 – Feb. 00)
Managed small research team developing mobile agents with adaptive learning abilities that formed the basis for an agent-based distributed search engine.

University of Edinburgh, UK
Tutor and Demonstrator                                              (Oct. 95 – Jan. 98)
Weekly tutorials for Neural Networks and Cognitive Science for groups of 10+ graduate students. Experimental psychology and quantitative methods workshops and demonstrations for undergraduate psychology students


Java 15 years (J2SDK, J2ME, Servlets, JDBC, Tomcat, Jetty, Turbine, J2EE JBoss, Android)
C/C++/Objective C 4 years (iPhone/iPad, Neural Network Simulation Code)
PHP 3 years (Smarty, PEAR)
Ruby 3 years (Rails)
Lisp 1 year
Prolog 1 year
SQL 10 years (Oracle8, PostGreSQL, MySQL, MckoiSQL, MSSQL)
Windows 7 years (NT/2000/XP)
*nix 15 years (redhat/Solaris/Debian)
OSX 5 years


Journal Articles, Book Chapters and Edited Volumes

S.R.H. Joseph, Y-J Shiung. Effectiveness of alternatives to extensive reading for retaining English L2 vocabulary: A Research Synthesis and Meta-analysis. Forthcoming. (2013)

P. Leong, S.R.H. Joseph, R. Boulay. Applying Constant Comparative and Discourse Analyses to Virtual Worlds Research. Journal of Virtual Worlds. 3(1) 1-26. (2010)

S.R.H. Joseph, J. Yukawa, D. Suthers, V. Harada. Adapting to the Evolving Vocabularies of Learning Communities. International Journal of Knowledge and Learning. 5(2) 154-171. (2009)

S.R.H. Joseph, Y. Watanabe, Y.-J. Shiung, B. Choi, C. Robbins. Key Aspects of Computer Assisted Vocabulary Learning (CAVL): Combined Effects of Media, Sequencing and Task Type. Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning. 4(2) 1-36. (2009)

S.R.H. Joseph, M. Uther. Mobile Devices for Language Learning: Multimedia Approaches. Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning, Special Issue on Mobile and Ubiquitous Learning Environments. 4(1) 7-32. (2009)

D. Suthers, R. Vatrapu, R. Medina, S. Joseph, N. Dwyer. Beyond Threaded Discussion: Representational Guidance in Asynchronous Collaborative Learning Environments. Computers & Education. 50(4) 1103-1127 (2008)

B. Tse, P. Raman, S. Joseph. Information Flow Analysis in Autonomous Agent and Peer-to-Peer Systems for Self-Organizing Electronic Health Records, 1-26. In Agents and Peer to Peer Computing, Eds Joseph S.R.H., Despotovic Z., Moro G. & Bergamaschi S. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, Volume 4461. (2006)

S.R.H. Joseph, Z. Despotovic, G. Moro, S. Bergamaschi. Agents and Peer to Peer Computing: Edited Volume of the Fifth International Workshop. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, Volume 4461. (2006)

Z. Despotovic, S.R.H. Joseph, C. Sartori. Agents and Peer to Peer Computing: Edited Volume of the Fourth Intrnational Workshop. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, Volume 4118. (2005)

S. Joseph. An Extendible Open Source P2P Simulator. Peer-to-Peer Journal (3) 1-14. (2003b)

S. Joseph, T. Hoshiai. Decentralized Meta-Data Strategies: Effective Peer-to-Peer Search. IEICE Transactions on Communications. E86-B, 6, 1740-1753. (2003)

S. Joseph, T. Kawamura. Why Autonomy Makes the Agent. In Agent Engineering, Eds. Liu, J, Zhong, N, Tang, Y.Y. and Wang P. World, Scientific Publishing. (2001)

M.H. Joseph, S.R.H. Joseph.  The Contents of Consciousness: From C to Shining C++.  Behavioural & Brain Sciences, 24, 188-189. (2001)

S. Joseph. NeuroGrid and P2P Networks. (Japanese) Software Design, 8, 147. (2001)

S. R. H. Joseph.  Review of “Rethinking Innateness: A Connectionist Perspective on Development” Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. International Journal of Neural Systems 9(1): 248-251. (1998)

J. Hurford, S. Joseph, S. Kirby, A. Reid. Evolution might Select Constructivism. Behavioural & Brain Sciences, 20:567-568. (1997)

Conference Publications

Suthers, D. D., Chu, K.-H., & Joseph, S.R.H. (2009) Bridging Socio-Technical Capital in an Online Learning Environment. In Proceedings of the 42nd Hawai‘i International Conference on the System Sciences (HICSS-42), January 5-8, 2007, Waikoloa, Hawai‘i (CD-ROM). New Brunswick: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE).

Brewer R.S., Joseph S.R.H., Yang G., Scott N. &  Suthers D. (2008) SocialSense: A System For Social Environment Awareness. Presented at Devices that Alter Perception Workshop at the 10th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing September 21st, 2008 in Seoul, Korea.

Sherstyuk, A., Chu, K., & Joseph, S.R.H. (2008) Virtual Roommates for Ambient Telepresence Applications. 18th International Conference on Artificial Reality and Telexistence,Yokohama, Japan, pp. 234-237, December 1-3, 2008.

Sherstyuk, A., Chu, K., & Joseph, S.R.H. (2008) Virtual Mirror for Augmented Presence Applications. International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology. ACE 2008, pp. 410, Yokohama, Japan, December 3-5, 2008.

Chu, K. & Joseph S.R.H. (2008) Second Life Prototyping of Augmented Automobile Navigation Assistance. In Proceedings of the 11th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (Beijing, China, October 12-15, 2008). ITSC 2008.

Chu, K. & Joseph S.R.H. (2008) Using Second Life to demonstrate a concept automobile heads up display (A-HUD). In Proceedings of the 10th international Conference on Human Computer interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 2-5, 2008). MobileHCI '08., (pp. 497-498). ACM, New York, NY.

Joseph S.R.H., Lid V., & Suthers D. D. (2007) Transcendent Communities In Proceedings of the Seventh International Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Conference (CSCL 2007). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Joseph S.R.H. & Uther M. (2006) Mobile Language Learning with Multimedia and Multi-modal Interfaces. In WMUTE 2006: Third International IEEE Workshop on Wireless, Mobile and Ubiquitous Technologies in Education: 16th -17th November: Athens, Greece

Suthers D., Vatrapu R., Joseph S., Dwyer N. & Medina, R. (2006) Representational Effects in Asynchronous Collaboration: A Research Paradigm and Initial Analysis. In HICSS 39: Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences: 4th -7th Jan: Kauai, USA

Joseph S.R.H., Yukawa J., Suthers D. & Harada V. (2006) Searching Emergent Vocabularies: Exploring Methods to Reduce Cognitive Load during Web Navigation and Resource Contribution. In HICSS 39: Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences: 4th -7th Jan: Kauai, USA. Nominated for Best Paper Award.

Joseph S.R.H., Binsted K. & Suthers D. (2005) PhotoStudy: Vocabulary Learning and Collaboration on Fixed & Mobile Devices. In WMTE 2005: Third International IEEE Workshop on Wireless and Mobile Technologies in Education: 28th -30th November: Tokushima, Japan.

Joseph S.R.H., Joseph S.H. & Joseph M.H. (2005) Sequencing Vocabulary Instruction: Artificial vs. Real Users. In Student Modelling for Language Tutors Workshop at AIED 2005: 12th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education: 18-22 July: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Joseph S., Smith Lewis A. & Joseph M.H. (2004) Adaptive Vocabulary Instruction. IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, 141-145.

Joseph S. (2003a) P2P MetaData Search Layers. Second International Workshop on Agents and Peer-to-Peer Computing, Melbourne, Australia.

Joseph S. (2002) NeuroGrid: Semantically Routing Queries in Peer-to-Peer Networks. In Proceedings of the International Workshop on Peer-to-Peer Computing (co-located with Networking 2002), Pisa, Italy, May 2002

Joseph S (2001) Adaptive Routing in Distributed Decentralized Systems: NeuroGrid, Gnutella & Freenet. Autonomous Agents 2001, Infrastructure and Scalability Workshop.

Kawamura T., Joseph S., Ohsuga A. & Honiden S. (2000) Evaluating the Fundamental Agent Paradigms. Joint Symposium on Agent Systems and Applications / Mobile Agents (ASA/MA), LNCS No. 1882, pp. 192-205.

Joseph S., Hattori M. & Kase N. (1999a) Learning Improves Mobile Agent Efficiency. 1st Asia-Pacific Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT’99), World Scientific, 416-425.

Joseph S., Hattori M. & Kase N. (1999b) A Learning Architecture for Mobile Agents. 2nd Pacific Rim International Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems (PRIMA ’99), 137-148.

Joseph S. R. H., Steuber V. & Willshaw D. J. (1997) The Dual Role of Calcium in Synaptic Plasticity of the Motor Endplate. Computational Neuroscience: Trends in Research, 5:7-12.

Joseph S. R. H. & Willshaw D. J. (1996) The Role of Activity in Synaptic Competition at the Neuromuscular Junction.  Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 8: 96-102.


S. Joseph, "System for Tracking Activity of User in Electronic Commerce System." Japanese Patent JP2002157494 (2000)

S. Joseph, "Information Processing Methods and Associated Storage Mechanisms for Agent Systems." Japanese Patent JP2000112904. (1998)

Grants, Awards, & Fellowships

HiMax Industrial Partnership Grant (2007) $1,334,927
Cerego Japan Industrial Partnership Grant (2006) $150,560
Sprint Hawaii Industrial Partnership Grant (2005) $3,000
Toshiba Research Fellowship (1998)
Medical Research Council (MRC) Studentship (1994)
Engineering, Physics & Science Research Council (EPSRC) Studentship (1993)
Raymond-Hide Prize for Astrophysics (1992)