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CEO of Smart Sparrow and Adjunct Lecturer, School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW Sydney

Dr Dror Ben-Naim, is an Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW, Professor of Practice and Co-director, Center of Education Through Exploration, Arizona State University and the founder and CEO of Smart Sparrow, an ed-tech company pioneering adaptive and personalised learning technology.

Before founding Smart Sparrow, Ben-Naim led a research group in the field of Intelligent Tutoring Systems and Educational Data Mining at UNSW. Ben-Naim developed the Adaptive eLearning Platform during his PhD research, a project that attracted significant traction and funding and successfully expanded into a multi-university project involving many top universities in Australia.

In 2011, Ben-Naim and his fellow researchers founded Smart Sparrow to take Adaptive Learning to the next level with a very ambitious mission –to empower teachers to make the world a smarter place.


  • 2011–present
    Founder, CEO, Smart Sparrow
  • 2011–present
    Adjunct Lecturer, School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW
  • 2014–present
    Professor of Practice, Arizona State University's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
  • 2015–present
    Co-director, Center for Education Through Exploration, ASU
  • 2005–2010
    Researcher, PhD Candidate, UNSW


  • 2011 
    UNSW, PhD, Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Educational Data Mining
  • 2004 
    UNSW, Bachelor of Science Physics and Computer Science

Research Areas

  • Pattern Recognition And Data Mining (080109)
  • Knowledge Representation And Machine Learning (170203)
  • Higher Education (130103)
  • Expert Systems (080105)