Neil Roodyn

Neil Roodyn

Neil’s passion for software started in the 1970’s when he taught himself BASIC and 6502 Assembler. During the 1980’s Neil was involved in various software projects on a variety of platforms including IBM 390, Commodore PET, Apple MAC, IBM PC (DOS) and AS400. The 1990’s brought some big changes to Neil’s career; Neil received a first class honours degree in Computer Science, started the first (of many) software companies and began teaching software development, initially in academia and then commercially. During the early 1990’s Neil worked on a number of different real-time software systems. The work he did on these systems, combined with other research into real-time systems led to a thesis entitled “Software Architectures for Distributed Real-Time Systems”. Neil was awarded a PhD for this thesis from University College London and the brand of Dr. Neil was born.

Since 1995 Dr. Neil has been involved in the formation of many software companies, his roles varying from mentoring through to directorship. Dr. Neil keeps a very active involvement in the software being produced and delivered today, and provides feedback to both large and small companies on how to increase the value of their software business. Dr. Neil is currently awarded as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional and Regional Director for Microsoft Australia.

Dr. Neil’s latest enterprise is a global software business called nsquared, which creates software experiences for digital tables. The nsquared mission is to put digital tables everywhere. The software built by nsquared improves face-to-face meetings by providing opportunities for better connections between people and digital content on the table.

When Dr. Neil is not working on software he likes to get out in the great outdoors and go hiking and climbing in the mountains or swimming and surfing at the beach.

Christopher Erdmann

Christopher Erdmann is the Head Librarian of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) John G. Wolbach Library. His current projects include theastrodata.org, Harvard Library UX and collaborative work with the NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS). Previously, he worked as a librarian for the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Garching near Munich where he specialized in bibliometrics, developing text mining and bibliographic software that is now used by astronomy libraries worldwide. He holds an MLIS degree from the University of Washington iSchool. More…

Josh Wall

Josh Wall

Josh Wall, Director of the InfoStrat Advanced Technology Group, leads a team of creative thinking UX developers from his bucolic Charlottesville, Virginia office.  Josh dislikes obvious uses of technology which has led him to come up with crazy ideas like using a real stick to make a virtual fire on a computer screen or shining a flashlight on a multitouch table to make bioluminescent sea creatures glow.  Josh’s team has created custom natural user interface experiences for the Smithsonian Institution, the EPA, Stanford University, and Kaplan Early Learning.   One of Josh’s key interests is developing educational software that allows students to interact with software using physical objects.

Andries van Dam

Andries van Dam

Andries van Dam, is the Thomas J. Watson, Jr. University Professor of Technology and Education and Professor of Computer Science at Brown University.  He has been a member of Brown’s faculty since 1965, was a co-founder of Brown’s Computer Science Department and its first Chairman from 1979 to 1985, and was also Brown’s first Vice President for Research from 2002 – 2006.  His research includes work on computer graphics, hypermedia systems, post-WIMP user interfaces,  including immersive virtual reality and pen- and touch-computing, and educational software. He has been working for over four decades on systems for creating and reading electronic books with interactive illustrations for use in teaching and research.

 

In 1967 he co-founded ACM SICGRAPH (the precursor of SIGGRAPH) and from 1985 through 1987 was Chairman of the Computing Research Association.  He is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, and AAAS, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and holds four honorary doctorates.  He has authored or co-authored  over 100 papers and nine books, including “Fundamentals of Interactive Computer Graphics and three editions of “Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice”, the most recent, completely new, edition to appear in 2013.More…

Alyssa Goodman

Alyssa Goodman is Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University, and a Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution.  Goodman’s research and teaching interests span astronomy, data visualization, and online systems for research and education. She has organized a diverse group of researchers, librarians, and software developers into an ongoing effort known as Seamless Astronomy,” aimed directly at developing, refining, and sharing tools that accelerate the pace of scientific research, especially in astronomy.  Current Seamless projects include Glue, Authorea, the ADS All Sky Survey, the Astronomy Dataverse, and the WorldWide Telescope Ambassadors Program. More…

Alice Thudt

Alice Thudt

Alice Thudt has graduated in Mediainformatics at the University of Munich (LMU), Germany. Her main areas of study are Information Visualization, Human Computer Interaction and Computer Graphics. More…

Peter Der Manuelian

Peter Der Manuelian

Peter Der Manuelian received his Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago in 1990. In 2009, he was appointed the “Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology” at Harvard University. This is the first senior, tenured Egyptology chair at Harvard since the time of George Reisner, about 70 years ago. He joined the curatorial staff at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 1987, where he was Giza Archives Project Director from 2000–2011. In addition to his teaching duties, he directs the Giza Project at Harvard, and he is also director of the MA Program in Museum Studies at the Harvard Extension School. Among his scholarly publications are Mastabas of Nucleus Cemetery G 2100 (volume 8 in the Giza Mastabas Series), Slab Stelae of the Giza Necropolis, Living in the Past: Studies in Archaism of the Egyptian Twenty-sixth Dynasty, and Studies in the Reign of Amenophis II. He has also written a number of childrens’ books. More…

 

Matt Hickey

Matt Hickey

Matt Hickey is a Principal Account Technology Specialist (SE) responsible for technical presales in New England for K-20.  For the past seven years Matt has evangelized and helped schools and universities adopt Microsoft solutions.  Matt is a Microsoft veteran of over fifteen years.  Prior to his current role, Matt spent many years in field consulting services helping customers implement Microsoft technology.  Notable projects include NYC DoE AD design, EMC Exchange design and Sikorsy Helicopter Exchange architecture. More…

Dave Brown

Dave Brown

Dr. Dave Brown is a Technology Evangelist working for the Microsoft Technology Centre in the UK. His role involves designing and building software architectures for customers utilizing Microsoft’s latest tools and technologies. When not talking about operating systems, phone platforms, and cloud infrastructures, his research interests revolve around Natural User Interfaces (NUI), recently with an emphasis on table-top computing form-factors. His latest spare-time project, “NUIverse” had a keynote demonstration at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference to a live audience of 16,000. More information can be found on his blog at http://drdave.co.uk.

Paul Worster

Paul Worster

Paul Worster is the Multimedia Librarian of Harvard University’s undergraduate Lamont Library. Some of his projects include instructional technology, creating web-hosted screencast tutorials for Harvard’s libraries, caring for a multimedia collection and computer lab, as well as designing and teaching multimedia authoring software workshops for students and staff. As an IT-Liaison to the library, he also works as front-line technology support. Professional interests include instructional workshop design, work flow efficiencies, media software, mobile device applications, and cross-platform support.

Geoffrey Bessin

Geoffrey Bessin

Geoffrey Bessin is the Chief Marketing Officer of IntuiLab, a company dedicated to enabling organizations to create innovative, memorable and highly effective interactive experiences without writing a single line of code. Before IntuiLab, Geoff spent 13 years with Rational Software and then with IBM in software product marketing, management, M&A enablement and strategy.

Orit Shaer

Orit Shaer

Orit Shaer is the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Media Arts and Sciences at Wellesley College. She directs the Wellesley College HCI Lab. This academic year, Dr Shaer is a Visiting Professor at Olin College of Engineering.  Her research in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) focuses on tangible, tabletop, and mobile interaction as well as on computer-supported collaborative learning. Her current projects include the design and evaluation of a tabletop user interface for genomic research , and the development of computational tools for enhancing innovation in bio-design. Dr Shaer is a recipient of several National Science Foundation and industry research awards including the prestigious NSF CAREER Award. She received her PhD and MSc in Computer Science from Tufts University. She has been a research fellow in the Design Machine Group at the University of Washington and in the University College London Interaction Center.

 

Dr Shaer served as a co-Chair of the ACM Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2012 conference and of the TEI 2012 Graduate Students Consortium. She has served as a program co-chair of TEI 2010 and has also been a program committee member for several other top HCI conferences.

Rong Tang

Rong Tang

Professor Tang received her Ph.D. from the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has taught evaluation of information services, technology for information professionals, library automation systems, digital information services and providers, research methods and design, and usability and user experience research. One of her papers has won the 2008 Wynar/ALISE research paper competition. She is a recipient of 2007 APA PsycINFO Needs Assessment Contract Award, 2007 Simmons College President’s Fund for Faculty Excellence, 2008 OCLC/ALISE Research Grant Award, and a 2010 contractual award from Harvard University Center for Biomedical Informatics. More…