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Keynote Speakers

 

Alex Lightman
Hiroshi Ishii
Newton Lee
Gino Yu

 

 

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Alex Lightman

Co-Founder, CEO,
President and Chairman of Charmed Technology


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Bio:

As co-founder and CEO of Charmed Technology, Alex Lightman's responsibilities include managing day-to-day operations and developing and implementing the company's overall strategy including the development of strategic partnerships and funding. He is also a producer of the company's Brave New Unwired World wireless technology fashion show taking place at Internet World trade shows across the globe.

A pioneer in Internet entertainment, Lightman has produced over 50 Internet-related projects for a variety of clients including Paramount Pictures, CNN, C/Net, CKS, Jim Henson, Sony/Columbia/TriStar, Silicon Graphics, Universal Studios and New Line Cinemas. Lightman also produced the first Internet VR (VRML/Java) hybrid for movies such as Star Trek: First Contact and television shows such as Xena: Warrior Princess.

Lightman previously was a marketing manager for Reuters and for IntelliCorp, the first public artificial intelligence software company. He also worked for Paul E. Tsongas, the Democratic Senator of Massachusetts and former presidential candidate, where he handled technology industry issues on Capitol Hill.

Lightman created an accredited high school and college in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which focused on teaching global business to students from 15 countries and involved three months of study travel to different countries.

In addition to overseeing operations at Charmed Technology, Lightman is or has been contributing editor to Red Herring magazine, Internet World and IntellectualCapital.com. Lightman was a keynote speaker at Internet World 2000 shows in Singapore, Sydney and New Dehli. Lightman is currently writing Brave New Unwired World a book about wireless broadband for John Wiley to be published in 2001. He is a Senior Associate of the Foresight Institute and sits on the boards of three non-profit space-related organizations.

In it's 20th anniversary issue Chief Executive magazine recognized Lightman as one of ten "CEO's of the Future." In addition, Animation magazine has crowned him a "cyberguru."

Lightman is 1983 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and attended graduate school at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

 

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Hiroshi Ishii

Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences
Co-director, Things That Think Head, Tangible Media Group
MIT Media Laboratory

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Bio:

Hiroshi Ishii's research focuses upon the design of seamless interfaces between humans, digital information, and the physical environment. Hiroshi Ishii is a tenured Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, at the MIT Media Lab. He joined the MIT Media Laboratory in October 1995, and founded the Tangible Media Group to pursue a new vision of Human Computer Interaction (HCI): "Tangible Bits." His team seeks to change the "painted bits" of GUIs to "tangible bits" by giving physical form to digital information and computation.

Ishii and his students have presented their vision of "Tangible Bits" at a variety of academic, industrial design, and media art venues including ACM SIGCHI, ACM SIGGRAPH, Industrial Design Society of America, and Ars Electronica, emphasizing that the development of tangible interfaces requires the rigor of both scientific and artistic review. A display of many of the group's projects took place in "Tangible Bits" exhibition at the NTT InterCommunication Center (ICC) in Tokyo in summer 2000. A new, two-year-long exhibition "Get in Touch" that features the Tangible Media group's work opened at Ars Electronica Center (Linz, Austria) in September 2001.

Since July 2002, he has co-directed the Thing That Think Consortium at the MIT Media Lab.

Prior to MIT, from 1988-1994, he led a CSCW research group at the NTT Human Interface Laboratories, where his team invented TeamWorkStation and ClearBoard. In 1986 and 1987, he was a visiting research associate at GMD (The German National Research Centre for Computer Science) in Bonn, Germany. In 1993 and 1994, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Computer Systems Research Institute of the University of Toronto, Canada.

He served as an Associate Editor of ACM TOCHI (Transactions on Computer Human Interactions) and ACM TOIS (Transactions on Office Information Systems). He also serves as a program committee member of many international conferences including ACM CHI, CSCW, UIST, SIGGRAPH, Multimedia, Interact, ISMAR, and ECSCW. He received B. E. degree in electronic engineering, M. E. and Ph. D. degrees in computer engineering from Hokkaido University, Japan, in 1978, 1980 and 1992, respectively. He was born in Tokyo in 1956, and started to play with PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) in 1958.

 

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Newton Lee

Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of
the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Senior Staff Engineer at Disney Online
Adjunct Faculty Member at Woodbury University
Former Bell Labs Researcher

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Bio:

Newton Lee is the founding editor and editor-in-chief of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Computers in Entertainment magazine, a senior staff engineer at Disney Online, an adjunct faculty member at Woodbury University, and a former Bell Labs researcher. Lee founded the Disney Online Technology Forums and has developed over 100 games and activities since 1996 on award-winning web sites Disney.com and Disney's Blast, as well as enhanced-TV programs for ABC's "Summer Jam Concert" and Disney Channel's "In Concert."

In 1993, Lee developed an object-oriented scripting language and cross-platform compiler for interactive CD-ROMs including the beloved titles "The Lion King Animated Storybook," "Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree," "101 Dalmatians," "Lamp Chop Loves Music," "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," "Haunted House," "George Shrinks," and "Barbie as Rapunzel." He and his colleagues received the Michigan's Leading Edge Technologies Award for their invention.

Lee has served as a juror for the 2003 Emmy Awards for Advanced Media Technology. He has won two community development awards from the California Junior Chamber of Commerce, and four Disney VoluntEARS project leader awards. He has published two novels, a book chapter in "Machine Learning and Uncertain Reasoning" (Academic Press 1990), and dozens of research papers on software applications in medical science, national security, quality control, telecommunication, library science, and new media. He has refereed for the International Journal of Man-Machine Studies, IEEE Expert, and IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. He has given invited talks at M.I.T., AT&T, the MITRE Corp., and international conferences.

Lee holds a B.S. and M.S. in computer science from Virginia Tech, an electrical engineering degree and honorary doctorate from Vincennes University. He currently serves on the Strategic Advisory Council at the Virginia Tech Computer Science Department, the technology committee of the Boys and Girls Club of Burbank, the Multimedia/Web Design Advisory Board of the Art Institute of California, the IMSC Board of Councilors at the University of Southern California, and the WINMEC Media, Entertainment, Sport, and Games Advisory Board at UCLA.

 

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Gino Yu

Director of Digital Entertainment and Game Development
Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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Bio:

Dr. Gino Yu received his BS and PhD at the University of California at Berkeley in 1987 and 1993 respectively. After receiving his PhD, he taught at the University of Southern California and established the Multimedia Research Laboratory. He taught at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he helped to establish the Center for Enhanced Learning Technologies. He is currently Director of Digital Entertainment and Game Development at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University where he founded the Multimedia Innovation Centre (http://mic.polyu.edu.hk).

 

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