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Roy Ascott is the Founding Director of CAiiA-STAR, established in 1994 as a platform for advanced research in the interactive arts and the development of post-biological culture, based jointly in the University of Wales, Newport (UWCN), and the University of Plymouth, UK. CAiiA-STAR is a research community of leading figures in the transdisciplinary field which includes mixed reality, architecture, performance, immersive VR, music, transgenics, alife, technoetics, telematics, telerobotics, and other emergent artforms, behaviors and genres. Since 1997, he has convened "Consciousness Reframed", the international forum for discussions of art, technology and consciousness. Ascott is Professor of Interactive Art at UWCN, Professor of Technoetic Art at University of Plymouth, and a senior Adjunct Professor in Design|Media Arts at the University of California Los Angeles. A pioneer of cybernetics and telematics in art, Roy Ascott has shown at the Venice Biennale, Electra Paris, Ars Electronica Linz, V2 Holland, Milan Triennale, Biennale do Mercosul, Brazil, European Media Festival, and gr2000az at Graz, Austria. He has been Dean of San Francisco Art Institute, California, Professor for Communications Theory in the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, and Principal of Ontario College of Art, Toronto. He is on the editorial boards of Leonardo, Convergence, and the Chinese language online arts journal Tom.Com. He advises new media centers and juries in America, Europe, Japan, Korea, and in Brazil (where much of his current research is based).

Olivier Avaro was born in Provence, France on July 27, 1968. He received his Dipl. Ing. degree in telecommunication engineering in 1992 from the ENST Bretagne. He joined France Telecom-CNET department on image communication in Paris in 1992. He worked on image representation techniques and analysis. His research areas cover video compression algorithms, error resiliency of video compression algorithms, invariant representation of images and shapes and model based representation for interpersonal communications. He has been early involved in the ISO/MPEG-4 project, in particular through the European platform MAVT and its successor MoMuSys. He later managed the France Telecom CNET project Oxygen on MPEG-4 multimedia teleconferencing systems. In 1998, he joined Deutsche Telekom-Berkom department on Multimedia Communication in Darmstadt within the context of joint Deutsche Telekom-France Telecom projects. He initiated there several international projects. Joining back France Telecom R&D in 2001, he is currently chairman of the MPEG Systems sub-group and project leader of the European IST Project SoNG.

Thea Brejzek is a stage director based in Berlin. She conceptualizes and directs opera / new media productions internationally in close collaboration with media artists and composers. At present, Thea is completing her PhD thesis (Univ. of Vienna) on notions of "Physicality and Virtuality : Time, Space and Memory in Mediated Theatre Spaces" (DVD format) in relationship to her productions. Recent stage productions include: * ARIADNE AUF NAXOS (R. Strauss) Opera Australia, Sydney Opera House, Sydney * MEMORIA FUTURA BACON (P. Ferreira Lopes) World Premiere, Schauspielhaus Vienna * AS I CROSSED A BRIDGE OF DREAMS (P.Eoetvoes) World Premiere, Donaueschinger Musiktage / Cite de la Musique Paris, and * IOSIS (Gesualdo et al) World Premiere, Eclat Festival for New Music, Stuttgart.

Bill Buxton is a designer and a researcher concerned with human aspects of technology. His work reflects a particular interest in the use of technology to support creative activities such as design, film making and music. Buxton's research specialties include technologies, techniques and theories of input to computers, technology mediated human-human collaboration, and ubiquitous computing. He is Chief Scientist of Alias Wavefront Inc., and its parent company SGI Inc., as well as an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. While "full-time" at Alias Wavefront, Buxton continues to supervise graduate students at the university. Buxton began his career in music, having done a Bachelor of Music degree at Queen's University. He then studied and taught at the Institute of Sonology, Utrecht, Holland, for two years. After completing an M.Sc. in Computer Science on Computer Music at the University of Toronto, he joined the faculty as a lecturer. Designing and using computer-based tools for music composition and performance is what led him into the area of human-computer interaction .

Manfred Faßler studied in Bonn in Berlin, and, after graduating in sociology, did a PhD in political sciences in 1979. Between 1979 and 1987 he was a researcher and lecturer at the FU Berlin. In 1987 he worked as a project manager at the Studienwerk Villigst, whose director he became in 1992. In 1995 he became director of the board of management of the department of communication theory at the Hochschule fuer angewandte Kunst in Vienna, whose faculty he joined as a lecturer. In 2000 Manfred Faßler got a call to the institut of Europäische Ethnologie und Kulturanthropologie at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt, specialising in media cultures.

Monika Fleischmann is a research artist and the head of MARS - Media Art Research Studies at the Fraunhofer Institute for Media Communication in Sankt Augustin, Germany (formerly GMD). In 1988 she was co-founder of Art + Com, Berlin, a research institute for computer-assisted media research. Her multidisciplinary background - fashion design, art and drama, computergraphics - made her an expert in the world of art, computer science and media technology. Her body of work includes "Home of the Brain" (Golden Nica of Ars Electronica, 1992); "Liquid Views"; "Rigid Waves"; "Murmuring Fields"; and others. Fleischmann«s work togehter with her partner Wolfgang Strauss has been exhibited widely throughout the world. Their work has been included in exhibitions or awarded at Ars Electronica - Linz, ZKM - Karlsruhe, Nagoya Science Museum, at SigGRAPH or presented at ICC - Tokyo, Imagina - Monte Carlo or ISEA. Her artistic work deals with visualising the change of identity and perception in a digital media culture. Her research projects are based on interface design and new forms of communication. The design of interfaces as a tool, as space and as a situation is the basis of communicative action and motivation for their scientific exploration of mixed realities. Her interest is to bring poetry and an aesthetic of interactivity into media art. In opposition to the theory of the disappearing body, she uses digital interfaces as a playful interaction of bodies, art and technology. In this process, the new cross-cultural dynamic which interactive media brings can be examined.

Prof. Hans Rainer Friedrich is Director-General for "Higher Education" at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). He also holds a position as Honorarprofessor (associate lecturer) for "Education and Employment on a Comparative International Basis" at the University for Applied Science at Bremen. Mr Friedrich serves as Federal Government representative on the Central Committee of the German Research Association (DFG). From January 1995 to January 1998 he was also Chairman of the Committee for Research Promotion of the Bund-Länder Commission for Educational Planning and Research Promotion (BLK). Mr Friedrich was born in 1944 and studied economics at the universities of Bonn and Mainz.

Lydia Hartl, born in 1955, is responsible for the cultural department of the city of Munich. She made her theses in human medicine and psychology and then worked as a doctor and researcher in neurosciences, i.e. for the Max-Planck-Institute in Munich. Since 1994 she has been professor for psychology and theory of media at the Hochschule für Gestaltung (Karlsruhe / Germany), and since 1999 also for culture and media at the uni-versity of Orléans (Orléans / France). Since July 2001 she is the director of the Munich cultural department with about 1500 employees. For the future Lydia HartlÕs main focus in cultural politics will be on intercultural projects, public art and multimedia.

Hiroshi Ishii was born in Tokyo in 1956. He started to play with PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) in 1958. He received a B. E. degree in electronic engineering and M. E. and Ph. D. degrees in computer engineering from Hokkaido University, Japan, in 1978, 1980 and 1992 respectively. He joined NTT laboratories in 1980. In 1986 and 1987, he was a visiting research associate at GMD (The German National Research Centre for Computer Science) in Bonn, Germany. He had lead a CSCW research group in 1988-1994 at the NTT Human Interface Laboratories and his team invented TeamWorkStation and ClearBoard. In 1993 and 1994, was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Computer Systems Research Institute of the University of Toronto, Canada. He joined the MIT Media Laboratory as an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences in October 1995. He directs the Tangible Media Group at the Media Lab.

Natalie Jeremijenko, 1999 Rockefeller fellow, is a design engineer and technoartist. She was recently named one of the top one hundred young innovators by the MIT Technology Review. Her work includes digital, electromechanical, and interactive systems in addition to biotechnological work that have recently been included in the Rotterdam Film Festival (2000), the Guggenheim Museum, New York (1999), the Museum Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, the LUX Gallery, London (1999), the Whitney Biennial ‘97, Documenta ‘97, Ars Electronic prix ‘96, presented at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She did graduate engineering studies at Stanford University towards her Ph.D. in design engineering, and was most recently the director of the Engineering Design Studio at Yale University developing and implementing new courses in technological innovation. She has recently taken a research position at the Media Research Lab/Center for Advanced Technology in the Computer Science Dept., NYU. Other research positions include several years at Xerox PARC in the computer science lab, and the Advanced Computer Graphics Lab, RMIT. She has also been on faculty in digital media and computer art at the School Of Visual Art, New York and the San Francisco Art Institute. She is known to work for the Bureau of Inverse Technology.

Martin Reiser (1943) studied electrical engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). He started his career in science in the IBM Zürich Research Laboratory, where he developed large-scale numerical simulations of fast FETs. This pioneering work led 1971 to his doctoral thesis, that was accepted by ETH with honors (silver medal). 1972, he started assignments in the IBM research centers in Yorktown Heights, New York and San Jose, California. His new scientific interest was the performance evaluation and architecture of computer systems and data networks. His most important scientific contribution is Mean Value Analysis (co-developed by S. S. Lavenberg). Recognizing the fundamental nature of this work, the IEEE elected Martin Reiser to the rank of fellow and awarded him the Koji Kobayashi Award for Computers and Communications in 1991. Martin Reiser remained a practical engineer at heart. For successful transfer of technology into products, he received five IBM Outstanding Innovation Awards. In 1979, Martin Reiser returned to his native Switzerland, where he accepted responsibility for the Communication and Computer Science department of the IBM Zürich Research Laboratory. In short term, he succeed to forge a cohesive group of research engineers that developed the IBM Token-Ring, high-speed ATM switches and leading-edge data modems. 1986 he became director of the IBM Laboratory, where about 200 scientists worked on projects in computer science, physics and technology. Under his leadership, the laboratory enjoyed the rare distinction of winning a Nobel prize in physics twice in a row. In 1997, Martin Reiser was appointed director of the Institute for Media Communications at GMD, German National Research Center for Information Technology. He is on the faculty of ETH, a member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering and since 1998 honorary professor at the University of Cologne.

Jill Scott was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1952. In 1973 she completed her studies of film, art and design at the Prahran Institute of Technology in Melbourne. From 1975 until 1982 she lived in San Francisco, where she received her master«s degree from the department of communication at San Francisco State University. In addition she became the director of the alternative gallery, Site, Cite, Sight. In 1982 she returned to Australia and lectured on media at the University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts, Sydney. Simultaneously she worked on the development of computer-based 3D animation and interactive art. In 1992 she was invited to the Hochschule für Kunst in Saarbrücken as a Guest Professor for Computer Animation. In 1994 she won an award for interactive art at Ars Electronica. From 1994 until 1997 Jill Scott was an artist in residence at the ZKM/Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe and a project coordinator for the ZKM Medienmuseum. She was also a research fellow at the Center for Advanced Inquiry into Interactive Art at the University of Wales in Great Britain, where she earned a doctrate in media philosophy. At present she is a Professor for Installation Design at the Media Faculty of the Bauhaus-Universität in Weimar.

Wolfgang Strauss is architect and visiting professor in interactive media. Strauss studied Architecture at the Academie of Fine Arts Berlin and has held teaching positions in Visual Comunication at the HDK Berlin and at the KHM Media Art School Cologne. He was a co-founder of ART+COM, Berlin in 1988. Strauss and his partner's work - Media Artist Monika Fleischmann - has been included in exhibitions and festivals of new media art worldwide, and was awarded with the Golden Nica at Ars Electronica 1992. As an architect his main interest is to design methods for intermedia representation. His recent work at the Fraunhofer Institute for Media Communication in Sankt Augustin, Germany (formerly GMD) is about interfaces related to the human body and to digital space.

Leon van Noorden (1945, Maastricht) is co-ordinator of Simulation, Visualisation and Multimodal Interfaces of the Information Society Technology R&D programme of the European Union. In the just ending ACTS programme he was involved with the research domain on Multimedia Services. He joined the European Commission in 1989 as an expert on human factors, just after having organised the HFT Symposium 1988 in The Hague, The Netherlands. Further work experiences are in the areas of Information Ergonomics in the Dutch PTT, in the Association for the Blind and with visual telecommunication for the elderly and the deaf. Holds a degree in technical physics and a Ph.D. in auditory perception and has published some research on Rhythm Perception in Music.

Victoria Vesna a is an artist, professor and Chair of the Department of Design and Media Arts at the UCLA School of the Arts. Vesna's work can be defined as experimental research that connects networked environments to physical public spaces. She explores how communication technologies effect collective behavior, and shift perceptions of identity in relation to scientific innovation. Vesna is currently building a 'community of people with no time' and is exploring the performative aspects of cellular telephones in public spaces. In 2000 she completed her Ph.D. at CAiiA, University of Wales, entitled "Networked Public Spaces: An Investigation into Virtual Embodiement" .

Laurence Wallen is an architect and media artist. Since 1987 he has worked with time based media (video film animation interactive) and 20th century music in physical space (installation / stage) producing a body of work that investigates and proposes relationships between new media, new music and architectural space. His work has been published and exhibited internationally.

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