Dr Jacquelyn Ford Morie
Jacki has been at the forefront of immersive-world technology since 1990, focusing her early research on affective and meaningful implementations of virtual environments. She received her PhD on this topic from SMARTLab (UEL) in 2008. She was also an early adopter of the online 3D world Second Life, and as a resident of that virtual world has been an innovative creator of content and functionality.
Jacki produced one of Second Life’s first international art showcases, ‘The New West’, in 2006. She next created the artwork ‘Remembrance and Remains in Second Life’, which features a small Iraqi village, populated by autonomous villagers, to show the more human face of that war-torn country. She is developing and adapting health applications within virtual worlds to assist with stress alleviation/innoculation.
Working with experts in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, she has adapted this proven technique for Second Life and is now holding classes ‘in-world’. She has also pioneered other techniques, such as deep breathing to control avatar jogging, and using narrative psychology to help victims of trauma ‘rewrite’ their life stories in a positive light. Jacki also works with AI experts to involve intelligent agents (as avatars) for many helpful purposes in the virtual world. This work can be seen at www.cominghomecenter.org.
As a SMARTlab researcher, she also investigates online-world topics such as space, embodiment, identity and play, writing papers and book chapters that have been accepted and delivered at conferences worldwide.
Dr Gayil Nalls
Gayil Nalls is an American interdisciplinary artist and theorist, based in New York. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of East London. She has held various research affiliations with SMARTlab and is currently an associate adjunct professor at University College of Dublin. Nalls has a special interest in the biological, psychological and cultural experiences of olfaction and is best known for her world olfactory sculpture, World Sensorium. Nalls’ artwork is represented in major museum collections and is exhibited internationally. Her investigations unite various fields and disciplines in pursuit of forming new methods of understanding, both intellectual and emotional.
Nalls writes regularly for Nautilus Magazine and Psychology Today. Recent book publications include her essays in “The Politics of Perfumed Objects” in “For the deeper meaning: Fragrance as medium in art, design and communication” (Germany, Spielbein Publishers), 2016 and “TOXIC: Coming to Our Senses” in “Paradise Paradoxe” (Zurich, Edition Patrick Frey, 2016).
Dr Daria Dorosh
Daria Dorosh, is a co-founding member of A.I.R. Gallery, integrates traditional art with new media, fashion, and technology. Her exhibitions, Plays Well with Others (2004) and The Changing Room (2007) were collaborative multimedia installations with guest participants from diverse fields.
After 36-years as a fashion design professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, NY, she became a researcher with SMARTlab, UK, and completed her PhD thesis, Patterning: the Informatics of Art and Fashion in 2007. Fashion is a rich repository of social, historic, and personal information, which she integrates into her art practice and explores through her company, Fashion Lab in Process. In 2011 she received ArtTable’s 30th Anniversary Artist Honors Award for work that goes beyond studio practice, and her 2011 interview by Paddy Johnson, Concerns from The Second Economy: Daria Dorosh on the Baby Boomer’s Relationship to Technology and Art, is posted on the Art Fag City blog.
She is active in the arts and in environmental groups in the Upper Delaware River Valley, NY, where she has her studio. Her 20th one-person exhibition, DEEP Play: imaginary realms and comfort objects for grown-ups, (October 2012) showed digital prints and portable textile sculpture for grown ups.
Prof Alonzo C. Addison
Technology Catalyst, Author, Professor, Entrepreneur. With senior leadership roles spanning the United Nations to Silicon Valley and the University of California, Lon Addison has over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, research, and management of information technology in heritage, culture & the arts, design & engineering, the environment and more. An advisor to non-profits, technology ventures, and governments, he has guided research in new media/VR as Director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Design Visualization, served as Vice President of 3D laser scanning pioneer Cyra Technologies, and reformed online knowledge and communications as Director in External Relations and Information at UNESCO. For over a decade he was Special Advisor for World Heritage at UNESCO, and has led field conservation projects at heritage sites from Angkor (Cambodia) to Bagan (Myanmar), Peru to Egypt, and Belize to Bhutan. He also serves as President of the Int’l VSMM Society, VP of the ICOMOS Int’l Scientific Committee for Interpretation & Presentation, and on the boards of multiple philanthropies and non-profits, from the Friends of Humanity to the Aga Khan/MIT/Harvard ArchNet heritage portal, and multi-million euro EU research projects to the ACM Journal of Computers in Cultural Heritage. He is the author/editor of dozens of books/papers, including “Disappearing World” (HarperCollins, 2007-09) published to acclaim in 9 languages. With degrees in engineering, architecture and computing from Princeton and the University of California at Berkeley, he has lectured at universities from Oxford to Tokyo, and Dresden to Cairo, and currently serves as Adjunct Professor in Design at OCAD University and Guest Professor in the Lemaire Centre for Conservation at KU Leuven.
Dr Akhtar Badshah
Akhtar Badshah is an expert on social impact, philanthropy, CSR and international development, an author and artist. He is the founder and Chief Catalyst of Catalytic Innovators Group a new consulting practice focused on accelerating social impact through catalytic innovation. He teaches at the University of Washington, School of Business (Bothell Campus) and Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.
CIG offers consulting services around social impact and has launched Accelerating Social Transformation a professional development course for those working in the social impact space.
Formerly, he was the Senior Director of Microsoft Citizenship and Public Affairs, where he administered the company’s global community investment and employee programs. Through monetary grants, software and curriculum donations, technology solutions, and employee giving, Microsoft supports programs and organizations that address the needs of communities worldwide. Since 1983, Microsoft and its employees have provided around $5 billion in cash, services and software to nonprofits around the world through localized, company-sponsored giving and volunteer campaigns. Among his responsibilities, Badshah managed the philanthropic elements of Microsoft’s YouthSpark, a global initiative that is designed to help youth into opportunities through training, employment and help starting their own ventures.
He is the co-author of the book “Technology at the Margins – How IT Meets the Needs of the Emerging Markets”, published by Wiley and Sons and the author of “Our Urban Future”, published by Zed Books.
Badshah also serves on the Board of several organizations including, President, Global Washington, Incoming Chair, Bellevue Life Spring, Microsoft Alumni Network, and US Chamber’s Corporate Citizenship Center.
Dr Sara Diamond
Sara Diamond is the President of OCAD University, Canada’s “university of the imagination”. She holds a PhD in Computing, Information Technology and Engineering from SMARTlab London, a Masters in Digital Media and Honours Bachelors of Arts in History and Communications.
Diamond is an internationally celebrated data visualization, wearable technology, mobile media researcher, media artist, designer and historian. She is an appointee of the Order of Ontario and the Royal Canadian Academy of Artists and a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada. She is the winner of the 2013 GRAND NCE Digital Media Pioneer Award. Diamond served on the 2011-2012 Council of the Canadian Academies’ expert panel on the State of Science & Technology in Canada.
She founded the Mobile Experience Innovation Centre; was co-principal investigator of the Centre for Information Visualization/Data Driven Design; theme leader for Data Visualization for iCity which focused on Big Data and transportation, is a member of the BRAIN Alliance, in visual analytics. She has held funding from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Canada Foundation for Innovation, MITACS, the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Ontario Centres for Excellence and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Since her appointment in 2005 she has led OCAD University’s evolution to a full university, helping to build its transdisciplinary and research-creation research capacity and infrastructure, integrate STEM subjects, create its Digital Futures Initiative, launch the Indigenous Visual Culture Program, strengthen its approach to inclusion, and grow its undergraduate and graduate programs. Before her tenure at OCAD University she was Artistic Director and Executive Producer of Media and Visual Art, Executive Director of Research at The Banff Centre (1992 – 2005), founder of the Banff International Curatorial Institute and founded and led the Banff New Media Institute, a digital media research centre, incubator and think tank.
Dr Martha Ladly
Martha Ladly is a Professor of Design and Graduate Studies at OCAD University. She specializes in experience design, and interactive media, art and technology research; she is a founding researcher with the Mobile Experience Lab and was a principal network investigator with the GRAND Canadian National Centre of Excellence. She is currently undertaking research in the Centre for Innovation in Data Visualization and Data-Driven Design (CIV-DDD) with Dr. Gerald Penn, investigating gesture and keyword driven browsing, search and display, within a large 24-year CBC news data corpus. Martha is the author of numerous articles on digital technology and entertainment and has shown her work internationally, most recently at ISEA 2014 in Dubai, UAE. In the 1990s Martha was the Head of Design with Peter Gabriel’s Real World Group in the U.K. She had a prominent international career as a performer, writer, and recording artist in the 1980s. Martha completed her PhD on Eros, Women, and Technology in 2013, in the Communication and Culture Program at York University, and continued her research as a Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, in 2014.