Lisa Shay


Colonel Lisa A. Shay, Ph.D., PE

Electrical Engineering Program Director
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
US Military Academy

Lisa A. Shay is the Electrical Engineering Program Director in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the US Military Academy at West Point.  She holds a B.Sc. from the US Military Academy, an M.Sc. from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, all in Electrical Engineering.  She is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, a member of the American Radio Relay League, and a licensed professional engineer.

Her academic interests include neural networks and wireless data communications systems, and power systems. Her research interests range from privacy and security issues related to ubiquitous sensors, to wireless network design, to engineering pedagogy.  She was featured in an IEEE Spectrum’s Techwise Conversations with Steven Cherry, “License Plates, Cameras, and Our Vanishing Privacy.

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Jeremy Pitt


Jeremy Pitt

Imperial College, London UK
Deputy Head of the Intelligent Systems and Networks Group.

The research programme focuses on a broad range of interests in Intelligent Systems, spanning human-network interaction (in particular the use of Affective Computing in this context), multi-agent systems (specifically norm-governed and socio-cognitive agent societies), and ad hoc networks (including self-organisation and Quality-of-Service (QoS) provisioning).

Involved in many European projects developing intelligent agent and multi-agent systems, and in particular was Project Manager of the IST project ALFEBIITE (IST-1999-10298) from 2000-2004. From 1998-2002  was involved in the FIPA agent standardisation initiative. Currently involved in research collaborations with partners in Japan and India.

Teaching includes a first year course on Scientific Computing, third year courses on Artificial Intelligence and Human-Computer Interaction, and the Summer Group Projects for the Information System Engineering (ISE) stream, where students develop a multi-agent e-commerce system.

Clint Zeagler


Clint Zeagler

Research Scientist
GVU, School of Industrial Design
Georgia Tech

A diverse background in fashion, industrial design and textiles drives his research on electronic textiles and on-body interfaces with the Contextual Computing Group of the GVU center of Georgia Tech. As a Research Scientist I for the Georgia Tech School of Industrial Design he teaches courses on Wearable Product Design and an ID section of Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing (MUC). Zeagler enjoys working with corporations such as HP/Palm and Google to bring real world experience into the classroom. He recently acquired a Georgia Space Consortium grant to fund MUC student projects on wearable computing for space—a wonderful opportunity for undergraduate students.

He is also a member of the NASA Wearable Technology Cluster a group of scientists and academics working together to give advice to those in NASA working on wearable computing or electronic textile projects. A deep understanding of the garment production process fosters innovation in his research. Zeagler’s company Pecan Pie Couture hand dyes, embroiders, and screen-prints textiles and garments. Building upon that skillset, his recent research led to the creation of the proprietary Electronic Textile Interface Swatch Book ESwatchBook in collaboration with Thad Starner.

This innovative tool was made possible by an internal Georgia Tech grant that he co-authored with Thad Starner and Craig Forrest, which allowed GA Tech to purchase sewing and embroidery equipment for the GVU Prototyping Lab. The ESwatchBook is designed to help facilitate discussions between the skill and craft-based design disciplines (.i.e. fashion) and more technical disciplines (.i.e. computer science). To put the ESwatchBook’s capabilities to the test, he developed a series of workshops at multiple colleges with the purpose of bringing together designers with engineers / technology specialists.

The workshops were funded by a National Endowment for the Arts grant, which he co-authored.

Rob Manson


Rob Manson

Managing Director, MOBLabs
CEO & co-founder of

Rob Manson is CEO & co-founder of, the world’s leading Augmented Reality Content Management System.

Rob is an Invited Expert with the W3C and Chair of their Augmented Web Community Group.  He is also one of the co-founders of and an active evangelist within the global AR & standards communities.

Rob is regularly invited to speak on the topics of AR, continuous & blended user experiences, multi-device & mobile platforms and the future of the web.


Helen Papagiannis



Helen Papagiannis

Chief Innovation Officer (CIO)
Infinity Augmented Reality Inc.
New York City, USA

Nearing completion of her doctoral degree, Helen has been working with Augmented Reality (AR) for nearly a decade with a focus on storytelling and creating compelling experiences in AR. Helen was named among the NEXT 100 Top Influencers of the Digital Media Industry in 2013, and was featured as an innovator in the book, “Augmented Reality: An Emerging Technologies Guide to AR”, published in 2013.

Prior to joining Infinity AR, she was a Senior Research Associate at York University’s Augmented Reality Lab in the Department of Film, Faculty of Fine Art. Helen has presented her interactive work and PhD research at global conferences and invited events including TEDx (Technology, Entertainment, Design), ISMAR (International Society for Mixed and Augmented Reality) and ISEA (International Symposium for Electronic Art).

Helen’s TEDx 2011 talk was featured among the Top 10 Talks on Augmented Reality and Gamified Life. Prior to her augmented life, Helen was a member of the internationally renowned Bruce Mau Design studio where she was project lead on “Massive Change: The Future of Global Design”, an internationally touring exhibition and best-selling book examining the new inventions, technologies, and events changing the world.



Nikola Serbedzija

Nikola Serbedzija

Nikola Serbedzija
Fraunhofer FIRST, Berlin
Reflect Project

Nikola works at Fraunhofer FOKUS where he is responsible for new research activities and innovative technology. He was a visiting professor at University of Technology Sydney (1999-2000) and at University of Arts, Berlin (2000 – 2008).

His major research areas are: Adaptive Control, Pervasive Adaptation, Ubiquitous Computing, Middleware Architectures, and Internet Programming, mostly applied within embedded and real-time systems, ambient assistance and empathic systems.

As a principle designer he led the developments of a number of practical systems in vehicular, in- and out-door infrastructures and e-commerce domains. He is currently involved in a large EU project dealing with autonomous control [ASCENS project:].

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Emil M. Petriu

Emil M. Petriu

Emil M. Petriu

Professor and University Research Chair
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  

Petriu is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (FIEEE), Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE) and Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC).

Under a series of research grants and contracts from Canadian and Ontario funding agencies, the Canadian Space Agency, and industry, he developed bio-inspired random-pulse neural network hardware architectures, new tactile sensors and haptic human-computer interfaces, computer vision and multi-sensor fusion techniques for healthcare, security, industrial and space robotics applications. His current research interests include fuzzy systems, neural networks, biology inspired robotics, and symbiotic human-computer interaction.

He received the 2003 IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society Technical Award “for contributions to imaging processing systems, robotics, virtual reality and applications of artificial intelligence, fuzzy logic and neural networks” He was a co-recipient of the 2003 IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award, the unique paper award presented by IEEE in that year. He was an Honorary Keynote Speaker at the 2009 IEEE Int. Conf. on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, San Antonio, TX, USA.

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Ann Cavoukian

Ann Kavoukian

Dr. Ann Cavoukian PhD
Information and Privacy Commissioner
Ontario, Canada

In November 2011, Dr. Cavoukian was ranked by Women of Influence Inc. as one of the top 25 Women of Influence recognizing her contribution to the Canadian and global economy.

Dr. Cavoukian was honoured with the prestigious Kristian Beckman Award in 2011 for her pioneering work on Privacy by Design and privacy protection in modern international environments.

In the same year, Dr. Cavoukian was also named by Intelligent Utility Magazine as one of the Top 11 Movers and Shakers for the Global Smart Grid industry, received the SC Canada Privacy Professional of the Year Award and was honoured by the University of Alberta Information Access and Protection of Privacy Program for her positive contribution to the field of privacy.

Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the leading privacy experts in the world. Her concept of Privacy by Design seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technology and accountable business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible.

In October 2010, regulators at the annual International Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Jerusalem, Israel unanimously passed a landmark Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an essential component of fundamental privacy protection.

This was followed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s inclusion of Privacy by Design as one of its three recommended practices for protecting online privacy – a major validation of its significance. In November 2011, Dr. Cavoukian was ranked by Women of Influence Inc. as one of the top 25 Women of Influence recognizing her contribution to the Canadian and global economy.

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Thad Starner

Thad Starner


Thad Starner
Georgia Institute of Technology
Director of the Contextual Computing Group

Thad Starner is a wearable computing pioneer and a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He is also a Technical Lead on Google’s Glass, a self-contained wearable computer.

Thad received a PhD from the MIT Media Laboratory, where he founded the MIT Wearable Computing Project.  Starner was perhaps the first to integrate a wearable computer into his everyday life as a personal assistant, and he coined the term “augmented reality” in 1990 to describe the types of interfaces he envisioned at the time.  His groups’ prototypes on mobile context-based search, gesture-based interfaces, mobile MP3 players, and mobile instant messaging foreshadowed now commonplace devices and services.

Thad has authored over 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications with over 100 co-authors on mobile Human Computer Interaction (HCI), machine learning, energy harvesting for mobile devices, and gesture recognition.  He is listed as an inventor on over 80 United States patents awarded or in process.  Thad is a founder of the annual ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers, and his work has been discussed in many forums including CNN, NPR, the BBC, CBS’s 60 Minutes, ABC’s 48 Hours, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

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Jean Gabriel Ganascia


Jean-Gabriel Ganascia
Professor University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France LIP6 Laboratory, ACASA Group Leader Member of the COMETS (Ethical Committee of the CNRS)

Initially focused on Knowledge Acquisition and Machine Learning, his scientific interests have evolved to encompass Cognitive Modeling, Digital Humanities and the design of Intelligent Agents. More recently, he has worked on electronic memory extensions and on the improvements of electronic reading facilities. This has led to researches on literary analysis (genetic criticism, stylistic analysis, study of intertextuality), Scientific Discovery (modeling theories in physical sciences and medicine), musicology and music (detection of recurrent patterns, simulation of improvisations), multi-media, intelligent TV, recommender systems and privacy protection in social networks. For the last few years, he has also worked on the ethics and political philosophy of the information society.  In particular, he has explored the ethical and political structure of our contemporary society by extending the Bentham’s Panopticon, which has been designed for surveillance, to virtual architectures that facilitate “sousveillance” where everybody can watch everybody. Read more