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Evan Grant-Creative and technologist Evan Grant is founder of collective seeper. He started the company during his first year of study at Bournemouth University and has been working for the past 14 years as a director, developer and producer with a self-applied remit for innovation led wonderment.
Exploring natural user interaction and ubiquitous computing to create multi-sensorial experiences and memories. Evan has worked with the likes of TED, Google, Nokia, V&A, Volkswagen, Glastonbury Festival, Sony, Vimeo, Oakley, Ford, Creative Review, Nike, Reebok, Science Museum, AMD, Xbox, Intel, Unilever, Aldeburgh Music and more...
Shahram Izadi-Shahram is a research scientist at Microsoft Research, UK. His research focuses on creating novel technologies that push the boundaries of how people interact with computers. In recent years his work has focused primarily on making computers more natural to use through the development of new touch-based computers and devices. Shahram’s research is very applied, meaning he likes to build and play with diverse interactive technologies, all in the name of science.
Stuart Wood-Emerging from the Royal College of Art as co-creator of ‘Pixelroller’, Stuart was named Interaction Designer of the Year by Creative Review in 2005. Wood was appointed research associate at the School of Architecture and Design, Royal College of Art and later, co-lead of Interaction Design at the Ravensbourne School of Communication. Wood directs the artistic implementation of technology into rAndom’s work.
rAndom International creates artworks and installations that explore behaviour and interaction using light and movement. Founded in 2005, the studio utilises raw fragments of artificial intelligence to encourage relationships between the converging worlds of animate and inanimate.
David Brown- It has always been Dr. Brown’s belief that important innovations should be commercialized to the benefit of society and he has avidly promoted the link between basic research and broad commercial application. He is currently the CTO, Head of Business Development at Canatu (carbon nanomaterial based films for electronics, optics and energy production and storage) and has been a Fulbright Fellow (atmospheric physics) and a co-founder and former CEO of Canatu, Teicos Pharma (formulation of pharmaceuticals for delivery to the lungs), Particle Stream Technologies Inc. (advanced pharmaceutical powders) and StreamWise and StreamWise Finland Inc. (computer simulation of gas/particle systems).
He has more than 180 scientific articles, 150 granted and pending patents and 100 invited talks on, for instance, thin film electronics, entrepreneurship, nanotechnology, carbon nanotubes and NanoBud®, synthesis and deposition of nanomaterials, drug delivery and nano-formulations, nuclear safety and modeling and algorithms for designing and characterizing materials and aerosol processes. He has also worked as an advisor and independent contractor for many important technology players including Honda, Du Pont, Daikin, Kemira, NASA, the Finnish National Research Centre and the Paul Scherrer Institute.
Craig Ciesla-Craig Ciesla is the founder and CEO of Tactus Technology. He has a degree in Applied Physics and a Ph.D. in Optoelectronics, both from Heriot-Watt University in the U.K. Following a three year Fellowship with Toshiba Research Europe, where he focused on medical applications of terahertz imaging, he moved to Intel, first as an Associate in the venture capital team then as a marketing manager. Prior to founding Tactus, Dr. Ciesla was a Director at JDSU with responsibilities including product development and product management, including managing 50 engineers in the USA and China. His previous successes include the launch of over 25 new products for fiber-optic networks; he has also filed over 45 patents and published several papers and review articles spanning many fields in optoelectronics.
Wayne Cranton-Wayne Cranton is Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Visual Technology in the College of Arts and Science, Nottingham Trent University, UK. His research is concerned with the study of thin film materials for electronic displays, sensors, and light emitting devices. This has involved a number of collaborative applied research and development programmes on the deposition and processing of phosphors, dielectrics, and metal oxide semiconductors. Recent work is concerned with localised photonic processing of transparent conducting oxides and materials for low temperature fabrication of flexible electronics and displays.
Assaf Gad-Mr. Gad has over 12 years of experience in the field of product management, marketing and user experience, with in-depth focus on consumer products.
Before joining PointGrab, Mr. Gad was leading the product management and marketing OEM departments at Powermat Technologies, a leader provider of wireless power solutions for consumer electronics products. Prior to Powermat, Mr. Gad was heading the product management at Modu Mobile. Earlier in his career, Mr. Gad served as Head of Product Management at Telmap Ltd. (acquired by Intel), a leading provider of location based services.
Mr. Gad holds BSc. in Computer Science from The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya.
Stephane Gervais-Ducouret-Stéphane Gervais-Ducouret has 19 years of experience in the semiconductor industry as global marketing, business development, project management, and product designer.
Stephan Herron-is a 13-year veteran of the touch industry, having started with Elo TouchSystems and launched the first generation of its now highly-popular "designed-for-touch" touchmonitors. As Business Development Director for next system, Stephan is very active in helping vertical market OEM customers in Europe find practical solutions to upgrade their key product lines to incorporate more natural and intuitive user interfaces based on touch, handwriting, gestures and high-quality displays.
Stephan is a graduate of MIT in Computer Science with an MBA from IMD in Switzerland.
Doron Houminer- Doron’s passion has always been creating great products that address customer needs. At Omek he is excited to be a part of a game changing industry -- driving better experiences and interactions in our everyday life. Doron brings more than 15 years of product management experience to Omek. Prior to joining Omek, Doron served as VP Product and Customer Engagement at ClearForest (acquired by Thomson Reuters Corp) where he led the product engagement and development activities. In addition to Product Management, Doron brings broad experience and know-how in product development, pre-sales, customer and product support. Doron holds an MBA from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzelia and a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion.
Alexander Lentjes-Alexander has worked and consulted for over 12 years on international animated and live-action feature film and television productions in his capacity as an animation producer, director and stereoscopic consultant. Alexander also gives talks and workshops at international events, companies and universities on 3-D stereoscopic film-making realities and cinematographic practises.
Clients include Aardman Animations, Passion Pictures, Brown Bag Films, Rainbow CGI, Taipei University, Stockholm University and MEDIA Screen Training Ireland. Events include MIPtv, Kidscreen Summit, Siggraph, Children's Media Conference and Dimension 3 Paris.
Germán León- Germán León, Director Oblong Europe - Germán León oversees Oblong Europe and mobile development in Barcelona. With his expertise in Design Strategy, German's experience ranges from consumer product service strategy to interaction design and user experience. Previous to joining Oblong, Germán worked at Vodafone Group for 5 years, where he led and supported product design and development for a number of successful products. He holds a Master in Interaction Design from Umea University in Sweden.
Chad Lucien-is responsible for Hillcrest Labs' worldwide sales, marketing and business development activities. Since joining Hillcrest in 2004, Chad has been a member of the company's executive management team where he has held positions encompassing corporate strategy, business development, and general management of the Freespace® motion computing product line. During his tenure, he has licensed Freespace solutions to global consumer electronics companies, developed a wide variety of strategic partnerships, and led numerous product launches in the Freespace product line.
Chad has over 15 years of experience in corporate strategy, business development, venture consulting, and investment banking. Prior to Hillcrest, Chad was the Director of Strategic Development for TVGateway LLC, where he worked with the cable operators invested in TVGateway to execute a spin-off, reshape the strategy, and complete multiple financings and acquisitions. Prior positions also include Principal of Katalyst LLC, an operational consulting and venture capital firm, and Associate at Houlihan Lokey, an investment banking firm specializing in valuation and merger and acquisition transaction advisory services.
Chad earned a bachelor of science in commerce with distinction from the University of Virginia, with concentrations in finance and marketing and is a CFA charterholder.
David Lussey-After a 30 year career in the Royal Air Force David retired as a Specialist Officer and set up a civilian technical security business in 1990. It was from work in this business that the discovery of Quantum Tunnelling Composites came about, and he founded Peratech Limited in 1996 to exploit QTC™ Material. David Lussey is an executive director and CTO.
Gareth McCaughan-Gareth McCaughan spent a few years doing pure mathematics research at the University of Cambridge before moving into industry. He has worked on inductive pen sensing and capacitive touch sensing at Synaptics, and (after detours into web analytics software and diffractive video projection) is now developing optical touch systems at Light Blue Optics.
Andrew Morrison-Andrew is the Technical Director at Zytronic Displays Limited. Andrew graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK with a First Class BEng Honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and was also awarded a Ph.D. by the University for his research collaborations with American based semiconductor company Applied Materials and Siemens UK in the field of digital signal processing and adaptive antenna arrays for 3G cellular technology. Andrew initially worked in the display industry with world leader LG Phillips Displays in Europe and the UK before joining Zytronic Displays Limited in 2002. With over ten years of touchscreen development experience he leads Zytronic’s growing R&D team in which he is actively involved in all aspects of electronic controller and sensor development for their projected capacitive touchscreen technology.
Paolo Pedrazzoli-Paolo Pedrazzoli is graduated in Sociology at Italian University of Urbino and has been working since several years in 3M managing different assignments of increasing responsibilities in the Technical, Sales & Marketing areas within different Divisions. In 2009 he has been appointed to the position of Marketing Manager EMEA region for Touch Systems Division. In this role he has been providing specific focus and efforts on early development and launch of first Multi-Touch based solutions from 3M in Europe.
Aaron Quigley-Professor Aaron Quigley is the Chair of Human Computer Interaction in the School of Computer Science, University of St Andrews, Scotland. He is the general chair for the ACM Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2013 and the general chair for the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology 2013. Aaron directs the St Andrews Computer Human Interaction research group and is deputy director of SICSA, the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance. His research interests include surface and multi-display computing, human computer interaction, pervasive and ubiquitous computing and information visualisation. Aaron has published over 120 internationally peer-reviewed publications including edited volumes, journal papers, book chapters, conference and workshop papers and holds 3 patents. He has held academic and industry appointments in Australia, Japan, the USA, Germany, Ireland and the UK.
Bob Senior-An international business development expert, Bob has more than two decades of operational experience in the sphere of advanced man machine interfaces. He has served in executive management positions in public and private touch-screen companies world-wide, some of which he co-founded, and has an outstanding track record in initiating, developing, and closing B2B business in the global technology sphere.
An experienced board director, Bob has served on the board of several successful international companies including FlatFrog Laboratories, digitalvision Ltd (acquired by Getty Images) and Trunk Archive. Bob was Executive Vice President, Noise Limit Inc, CEO at Taktio A/S (now FlatFrog), Co-founder and Managing Director of Touch International, Vice President world-wide Sales MicroTouch Inc, Managing Director and Vice-President (EMEA), MicroTouch Systems Ltd (acquired by 3M touch systems). Bob has also worked in senior positions at Apple, NCR and Poqet Computer. He holds a B.Ed/Physics degree.
Gideon Shmuel-Gideon has been involved in growing technology organizations and running and establishing the business activities and operations of several companies across international markets. He joined eyesight with 20 Years of experience in the Telecoms and Enterprise Software markets. Before that Gideon performed the role of VP Sales at cVidya Networks and held a number of executive roles in a number of countries in Olista, Top Image Systems, LCR Telecom and Esprit Telecom.
Kate Stone-is Founder of Novalia which creates Interactive Printed Media (IPM).
Novalia puts interactivity into print. Touch sensitive input and light/sound output is coupled with transistor based intelligence. They offer design, product development/creation services, and work with their partners to coordinate manufacture. There is an opportunity for their customers to add significant value to their products in the form of creative new product concepts manufactured with existing and proven production capability.
Kate earned her first degree in Electronics from Salford University and her Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Cambridge in 2000.
Chris Travis-As CTO at HiWave Technologies, Chris has a mission to help bring high-quality tactile feedback and integrated audio to a touch interface near you! He leads HiWave's burgeoning R&D team in Cambridge, UK. Previous stints include time at the BBC, Meridian Audio, TC Group, Wolfson Microelectronics and Audium Semiconductor. Chris holds an MA in engineering and economics from Cambridge University.
Michael Tusch-Michael Tusch is founder and CEO of Apical Limited, a UK-based technology company specializing in image and video processing technology. He started his career as a researcher in semiconductor quantum theory at Oxford University before moving to industry, first with the Boston Consulting Group and later holding several technology management positions before founding Apical in 2001.
Steve Wakeham-Steve Wakeham is a senior development engineer working for Plasma Quest Limited. He has been with the company for 5 years and has spent much of this time developing a wide range of TCO and dielectric materials for the display and plastic electronics industry. Prior to Plasma Quest Limited he worked as a post doctoral research fellow within the Infrared Multilayer Laboratory at the University of Reading, where he also obtained his PhD in Physics.
Olga Wasswik-Co-founder and CTO - Ola Wassvik has specialized for a decade in developing optics-based input systems for volume applications. Ola is responsible for the overall development of FlatFrog's proprietary technologies, and is one of the principal figures behind the company's key patents. He currently holds more than 15 patent families. Prior to co-founding FlatFrog, Ola served as Senior Optical Engineer in positions in Denmark and Sweden. While he served at publicly listed Anoto AB, Ola developed the company's proprietary optical solutions from inception, and was responsible for setting up volume production lines that to date have produced millions of units. He holds a Master of Science degree in in Engineering Physics from Lund University, Sweden.
Bob Whyte-Bob Whyte is the director of Product and Strategic Marketing at Movea http://www.movea.com, a supplier of Motion Processing IP with it’s head office in Grenoble France and business centre in Pleasanton, California. Bob has been with Movea since Jan 2012 and comes from an international career in the Semiconductor test industry holding senior roles in Engineering, Marketing and Sales management.
Jasmin Worle-Jasmin is a Group Leader at PolyIC GmbH & Co. KG. Jasmin graduated from the Technical University in Freiberg with a degree in Chemistry and furthermore was awarded a Ph.D. by the University for her research activities in the field of organic synthesis of materials for Organic Light Emitting Diodes in collaboration with Siemens. Jasmin joint PolyIC in 2005 as a research scientist for printed electronic materials and took over the position as Group Leader for material and devices in 2007. After her Master in Business Administration (MBA) she additionally took over responsibility for PolyIC´s business development evaluation and competitor analysis.
Duke Yi-Duke Yi is a Sr. Manager Analyst of Components/ Materials Research Team at Displaybank, IHS, and has been performing research on display industry Components/materials for 10 years. His team researches display parts, chemical materials, LED and touch panel industry, and has been publishing more than 20 reports. Duke is responsible for touch industry, BLU, LGP industry research, has participated in the many conferences as a speaker and also conducted various projects with display leading companies and Korea government agencies.