Organizing Committee Members - Graphics-Animation 2018
Graphic Design Chair
Lowa State University
Bernard J Canniffe(Biography)
Bernard J. Canniffe is Graphic Design Chair in the College of Design, at Iowa State University. He co-founded the collaborative, multidisciplinary social design studio called PIECE STUDIO in 2008 and is an advisor PROJECT M, which is an international social collaborative group collective Bernard J Canniffe is committed to using design for the common good and he has made presentations at international medical, design, and academic conferences around the world. He is the recipient of the Graphis: Inspiring Designers Award, the Baltimore Step 10 Influential Designers Award, and The Joseph Binder Award. Canniffe holds a BA Hons in graphic design from Newport College of Art & Design, University of Wales, and an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Bernard J Canniffe(Research Area)
Associate Professor with Habilitation
University of Porto
Joao Manuel R.S. Tavares(Biography)
Prof. JoÃ£o Manuel R. S. Tavares is graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Porto, Portugal (1992). He also earned his M.Sc. degree and Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Porto in 1995 and 2001, and the Habilitation in Mechanical Engineering in 2015. He is a senior researcher and project coordinator at the Instituto de CiÃªncia e InovaÃ§Ã£o em Engenharia MecÃ¢nica e Engenharia Industrial (INEGI) and an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP). Prof. JoÃ£o Tavares is co-editor of more than 40 books, co-author of more than 30 book chapters, 650 articles in international and national journals and conferences, and 3 international and 2 national patents. He has been a committee member of several international and national journals and conferences, is co-founder and co-editor of the book series â€œLecture Notes in Computational Vision and Biomechanicsâ€ published by Springer, founder and Editor-in-Chief of the journal â€œComputer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering: Imaging & Visualizationâ€ published by Taylor & Francis, and co-founder and co-chair of the international conference series: CompIMAGE, ECCOMAS VipIMAGE, ICCEBS and BioDental. Also, he has been (co-)supervisor of several MSc and PhD thesis and supervisor of several post-doc projects, and has participated in many scientific projects both as researcher and as scientific coordinator. (More information can be found at: www.fe.up.pt/~tavares)
Joao Manuel R.S. Tavares(Research Area)
His main research areas include computational vision, medical imaging, human posture and gait, computational mechanics, scientific visualization, human-computer interaction and new product development
University of Aix-Marseille
Jean Sequeira was born in Marseilles (France) in 1953. He graduated from â€œEcole Polytechniqueâ€ in 1977 and from â€œEcole Nationale SupÃ©rieure des TÃ©lÃ©communicationsâ€ in 1979. Then, he taught Computer Science in an engineering school of Ivory Coast (ENSTP, Yamoussoukro, 1979 - 1981). From 1981 to 1991, he had been developing and managing research works on 3D medical imaging at the IBM Paris Scientific Center; he also participated to the design of the IBM 5080 graphics workstation (1983 â€“ Kingston, New York State). During this period, he obtained a PhD (1982) and then his â€œHabitation to Supervise Researchâ€ (1987). Jean Sequeira has been a â€œFull Professorâ€ at the Aix-Marseilles University since 1991 (he has the status of â€œExceptional Class Professorâ€ since 2010). In 1994, he created a research group on â€œImage Analysis and Computer Graphicsâ€ and then, in 2001, he participated in the creation and the direction of the LSIS Laboratory (Systems and Information Sciences Laboratory). Since 2001, he has been developing an important international activity, especially with China where he supervises research works in the field of Remote Sensing at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He also set partnerships with Peru, Algeria, Burkina Faso and Canada. In 2006, he participated in the creation of an international organization, ISDE (International Society for Digital Earth) of which I had been an Executive Committee member for ten years; he also participated in the creation of an international journal, IJDE (International Journal of Digital Earth â€“ Taylor & Francis Edition). His research activity deals with image analysis, geometrical modeling and image synthesis. The goal of the research groups he created (LXAO and then SimGraph) was to perform data fusion from images, to extract information from these data, to integrate it into a model and to display it in a way that communicates the relevant information to a specific end user. Jean Sequeira published 135 papers, about 40 of them in Journals. He organized International Conferences, he is in the Scientific Committee of several Journals and International Conferences and he is a IEEE â€œSenior Memberâ€ (since 2009). He was the Scientific Director of 28 PhD research work.
Jean Sequeira(Research Area)
Computer Graphics,Image analysis, geometrical modeling and image synthesis
Dr. Ching Y. Suen(Biography)
Dr. Ching Y. Suen is the Director of CENPARMI and the Concordia Honorary Chair on AI & Pattern Recognition. He received his Ph.D. degree from UBC (Vancouver) and his Master's degree from the University of Hong Kong. He has served as the Chairman of the Department of Computer Science and as the Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science of Concordia University. Prof. Suen has served at numerous national and international professional societies as President, Vice-President, Governor, and Director. He has given 45 invited/keynote and 260 regular papers at conferences and 200 invited talks at various industries and academic institutions around the world. Dr. Suen has published 5 conference proceedings, 14 books and more than 500 papers, and many of them have been widely cited while the ideas in others have been applied in practical environments involving handwriting recognition, thinning methodologies, font analysis and multiple classifiers. Dr. Suen is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Gold Medal from the University of Bari (Italy 2012), the IAPR ICDAR Award (2005), the ITAC/NSERC national award (1993), and the "Concordia Lifetime Research Achievement" and "Concordia Fellow" awards (2008 and 1998 respectively), and the "Teaching Excellence Award" given by the Concordia Council of Student Life in 1995.
Dr. Ching Y. Suen(Research Area)
Artificial Inteliigence & Pattern Recognition
St Marys University
Carol Luckhardt Redfield(Biography)
Carol Luckhardt Redfield PhD joined St Marys in 1998 after having been in her industry for more than a dozen years. Including summer jobs at Bell Labs, LLNL and IBM, she worked in artificial intelligence as a Senior Research Engineer at Southwest Research Institute and as a Senior Scientist at Mei Technology Corporation. She has taught mathematics and computer science since 1980 at various universities, including the University of Michigan, University of Texas at San Antonio and St Philips College.
Carol Luckhardt Redfield(Research Area)
Educational computer gaming
Monroe County Community College
Bradley V. Hesser(Biography)
Bradley V. Hesser earned his MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He is currently the Program Coordinator of Graphic Design/Digital Media at Monroe County Community College in Monroe, Michigan, USA. He has presented at various state, regional and national conferences in the United States and Canada on the emergence and convergence of graphic design and digital technologies.
Bradley V. Hesser(Research Area)
Integration of digital media and adaptability of digital tools for use in educational environments.
University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus
Dr. Chen ZhiYuan currently is an Assistant Professor with the University of Nottingham, School of Computer Science in Malaysia. She also works as a Principal Consultant with Government Agencies and Industries, such as MIMOS at the Accelerative Technology Lab, TM R&D, Tentacle Technologies, Blue Snow Energy and Keensbridge. She received the MPhil and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Nottingham in 2007 and 2011 respectively. Before joining UNMC, she has been a research associate in the UK Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute. Her research interests are inarea of computer science, machine learning, data mining, user modelling and artificial intelligence. She has published many research papers in the above research area and served as session chair for many international conferences in computer science and engineering.
CHEN ZHIYUAN(Research Area)
Modeling, Simulation, Image and image processing, Human Computer Interaction
University of North Dakota
Wen-Chen Hu received a BE, an ME, an MS, and a PhD, all in Computer Science, from Tamkang University, Taiwan, the National Central University, Taiwan, the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and the University of Florida, Gainesville, in 1984, 1986, 1993, and 1998, respectively. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science of the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. He was an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the Auburn University, Alabama, for years. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Handheld Computing Research (IJHCR), the general chairs of a number of international conferences such as the 2016 International Conference on Big Data, IoT, and Cloud Computing (BIC 2016), and associate editors of several journals like Journal of Information Technology Research (JITR). In addition, he has acted more than 100 positions as editors and editorial advisory/review board members of international journals/books, and track/session chairs and program committee members of international conferences. He has also won a couple of awards of best papers, best reviewers, and community services. Dr. Hu has been teaching for about 20 years at the US universities and over 10 different computer/IT-related courses, and advising/consulting more than 100 graduate students. He has published over 100 articles in refereed journals, conference proceedings, books, and encyclopedias, edited more than 10 books and conference proceedings, and solely authored a book entitled â€œInternet-enabled handheld devices, computing, and programming: mobile commerce and personal data applications.â€
Wen-Chen Hu(Research Area)
His current research interests include image databases and processing, handheld/mobile/smartphone/spatial/tablet computing, location-based services, web-enabled information system such as search engines and web mining, electronic and mobile commerce systems, and web technologies.
Institute for Education, Research, and Scholarships
Newton Lee is an author, educator, and futurist. He is president of 501(c)(3) nonprofit Institute for Education, Research, and Scholarships (IFERS), adjunct professor of Applied Computer Science at Woodbury University, and editor-in-chief of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Computers in Entertainment magazine, Springerâ€™s International Series on Computer Entertainment and Media Technology, and Springerâ€™s Encyclopedia of Computer Graphics and Games. Previously, Lee was a computer scientist at AT&T Bell Laboratories, senior producer and engineer at The Walt Disney Company, and research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses. He was the founder of Disney Online Technology Forum, creator of Bell Labsâ€™ first-ever commercial AI tool, and inventor of the worldâ€™s first annotated multimedia OPAC for the U.S. National Agricultural Library. Lee graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech with a B.S. and M.S. degree in Computer Science (specializing in Artificial Intelligence), and he earned a perfect GPA from Vincennes University with an A.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and an honorary doctorate in Computer Science. His Total Information Awareness trilogy books (Facebook Nation, Counterterrorism and Cybersecurity, and Google It) has garnered rave reviews from Eleanor Clift of Newsweek and The Daily Beast, ACM Computing Reviews, AdWeek SocialTimes, and Choice Magazine, among others. Lee has been honored with a Michigan Leading Edge Technologies Award, two community development awards from the California Junior Chamber of Commerce, and four volunteer project leadership awards from The Walt Disney Company.
Newton Lee(Research Area)
Artificial Intelligence, Information Science
Queensland University of Technology
Charles [Stache] daCosta(Biography)
Dr. Charles daCosta holds a PhD in Animation from the University of Brighton, UK. He is currently based Brisbane, Australia where he teaches Animation at the Queensland University of Technology. An eclectic animator, artist and academic, his scholarly work focuses on scrutiny of the nexus between theory and practice in animation. Charles's practice navigates the intersections of animation and documentary film production. Prior to Australia he was a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, USA, and a board member of the Animation Hall of Fame. Several of his former students and protegÃ©s feature in the credits of award-winning Hollywood productions such as Madagascar3,Life of Pi,Frozen, Big Hero Six and Jungle Book among a plethora of creative output. He is the author of Framing Invisibility: Racial Stereotyping and Selective Positioning in Contemporary British Animation. daCosta has taught at the universities of Westminster, Kingston and the Creative Arts in the UK, been a guest professor of Cultural Studies at the Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. Charles has contributed to, and led numerous educational animation projects in Europe and Africa.Once upon a time he was a cinematographer on a UNESCO Antarctic expedition.
Charles [Stache] daCosta(Research Area)
Dr. Charles daCosta holds a PhD in Animation from the University of Brighton, UK. He is currently based Brisbane, Australia where he teaches Animation at the Queensland University of Technology. An eclectic animator, artist and academic, his scholarly work focuses on scrutiny of the nexus between theory and practice in animation. Charles's practice navigates the intersections of animation and documentary film production. Prior to Australia he was a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, USA, and a board member of the Animation Hall of Fame. Several of his former students and protegÃ©s feature in the credits of award-winning Hollywood productions such as Madagascar3,Life of Pi,Frozen, Big Hero Six and Jungle Book among a plethora of creative output. He is the author of Framing Invisibility: Racial Stereotyping and Selective Positioning in Contemporary British Animation. daCosta has taught at the universities of Westminster, Kingston and the Creative Arts in the UK, been a guest professor of Cultural Studies at the Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. Charles has contributed to, and led numerous educational animation projects in Europe and Africa.Once upon a time he was a cinematographer on a UNESCO Antarctic expedition. He relaxes by playing the bass, rhythm guitar and drums Pedagogy of Animation, Semiotics and Stereotypes
Albertina Academy of Fine Arts
Researcher, professor, designer, project manager and new media artist, Franz Fischnaller is recognized for his trans- disciplinary research and work accomplished across the fields of Art, design, science, technology, humanities, social science and digital heritage. He has over 20 years of experience across the areas +field of Visual Art, Design,virtual reality, advanced visualization, interactive system, 3D stereoscopic, immersive techology, computer graphics, computer animation, mixed augmented reality. His work includes digital media productions, immersive virtual narrative, interactive storytelling, simulations, virtual reality, 3D stereoscopic content, creative interfaces and multilevel interactive installations. Several of his works are based in Italian Renaissance Art, architecture, history and literature. Current research & project: SOE | The Space on Earth Project (Bringing Space to Earth), an interdisciplinary project that intersect design, architecture, technology, advance visualization, immersive technology and SPACE Science, based on the vision to, bring humans the sense of living in Outer SPACE while living on Earth.
Franz Fischnaller(Research Area)
Visual Art, Design,virtual reality, advanced visualization, interactive system, 3D stereoscopic, immersive technology, computer graphics, computer animation, mixed augmented reality.
Chair of the Design Department
Rafik Hariri University
Serene Srouji, Chair of the Design Department in the College of Sciences and Information Systems at Rafik Hariri University, Beirut â€“ Lebanon. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin (UT) where she completed her MFA in Design (Terminal Degree) with high recognition from Whoâ€™s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. She received her BS in Graphic Design from the Lebanese American University (LAU) where she had extensive international exposure from workshops to seminars spanning the globe. Serene has also gained experience in the industry as an Art Director at various firms such as Blink, Dimpill and Colorcode and is still a freelancer continuously engaging in projects that fall within the advancement of the communication world through visuals and computer-aided designs. Serene Srouji has been teaching courses in Graphic Design (advertising, design, design thinking, typography, computer graphics, digital mediaâ€¦) for the past 10 years. Her current interest lies in design education environments that transcend traditional teaching techniques and grant insight into required skills indispensable for the influential workforce.
Serene Srouji(Research Area)
Graphic Design Education, Digital Media Literacy and its rapid effect on our society, Arabic Typography Innovation, Integration of New technologies to advance the Field of Graphic Design & Communication.
Rev. Dr. Samuel T. Whatley(Biography)
Rev. Dr Samuel Whatley, has an honorary doctorate from Faith Bible College, Masters of Science from Capella University, certifications in Geographical Information Systems and Object-Oriented Software Dev. from Hong Kong University, Associate in Graphic Design and Movie Production from Trident Technical College. Consultant for Guidepoint LLC, an advance global subject-matterexpert advisor corporation, Chair of Faithbase Games for IEEE at City University Hong Kong. Adjunct Professor at DeVry University, Strayer University, American Sentinel University and Agrosy University, Westwood College and FayTech College. He has taught thousands of students, guiding them in various global careers and directions. Former Information Technology Director and owner of PC Doctor Worldwide in Hong Kong, Tokyo and USA. Honored animations at Vermont International Film Festival and Hiroshima Film Festival. Has advised, consultated and scholarly assisted South Carolina House of Representatives and Senators on a number of Bills made into Law. Former Art Director and Producer for the Digital Broadcasting Network Systems for the New Hong Kong Airport. He developed the first global student-professional-interaction online-conference-workshop for online courses at DeVry University. He has been a major beta developer and researcher, during the 1980s-90s, for Adobe, ULead, Linkedin, Intel, Microsoft, Asus, Acer and other technical giants known today. He has assisted the development and marketing-guidance of international special-interest game-houses for faith-based gaming systems. His creative nature and global management talent, has assisted a number of corporations, governments and organizations for successful outcomes. He has been a major developer and researcher for the American Military, designing wireless communications, virtual-reality and computer-based-training. He is a life member as an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of Amemerica and a Senor Member with the Civil Air Patrol. He enjoys surfing, sailing, family adventures and historical Biblical research. Memberships in the Society of Industry Leaders Member (SIL), International Game Developers Association Member (IGDA), American Mathematical Society Member (AMS), American Association Advancement Science Member (AAAS), National Honor Society of Computer Sciences Member (Honors) Epsilon Delta Pi (Alpha Tau Chapter), Association for Computer Machinery Member (ACM), IEEE Computer Society Member (IEEE), Mathematical Association of America Member (MAA), Kaplan University President's List (Honors), Committee on National Security Systems (NSA 4011), & Sons of American Revolution Member (SAR).
Rev. Dr. Samuel T. Whatley(Research Area)
Computer aided systems for improved childrenâ€™s education, Online video game security, DNA processors, AI virtual reality assisting the disabled, IT global cultures for senior management, Improved network security and privacy protection for children, Using technology to stop children human-trafficing, Technology systems for mobile applications to scan and identify GMO non-organic foods while shopping.
Professor and Chair
Nanyang Technological University
Vibeke Sorensen is a professor and artist working in digital multimedia, computer animation, interactive architectural installation, and networked visual-music. Her artwork spans four decades and has been published and exhibited worldwide. From 1984 â€“ 1994, she was faculty and Founding Director of the Computer Animation Laboratory at the California Institute of the Arts, and from 1994 â€“ 2004 Professor and Founding Chair of the Division of Animation and Digital Arts at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. She has a long history of collaboration with scientists and engineers in developing new technologies, including at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, the California Institute of Technology, the University of Southern California, and Princeton University. She is a 2001 Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in Film/Video/Multimedia, and has been a consultant for Disney and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA. Her research has been supported by the US National Science Foundation, the USC Annenberg Center for Communication and Zumberge Fund for Innovation in Research, and Intel Corporation. She has been Professor and Chair of the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University Singapore since 2009 and since 2016 she has also been Adjunct Professor of Design, Games and Interaction in the School of Media and Communication at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, RMIT University, in Melbourne, Australia.
Vibeke SORENSEN(Research Area)
Computer animation, visual music, physical computing, big data, data visualization, multimodal multimedia, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, wearable technologies/wearable computing, digital art, installation and performance, experience design, cultural heritage and digital media systems, net art and networked systems, bio-art/design, art and science
Professor of Geoinformatics and Computer Graphics
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
Martin Christen is a professor of Geoinformatics and Computer Graphics at the Institute of Geomatics Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. Currently, his research focuses on geospatial large-scale visualizations and augmented reality. Prior to his academic career, he worked in the geoinformation industry where he developed virtual globes and in the game industry where he programmed various computer games.
Martin Christen(Research Area)
Physically based modelling, Geospatial Virtual- and Augmented Reality, 3D geoinformation, and interactive 3D Maps, Machine Learning, Big Data Visualization