Keynote Speakers

From Maps to Data-Visualisation

Prof. Dr. Ted Selker (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Selker)

Ted spent 5 years as director of Considerate Systems research at Carnegie Mellon Unitselker-679versity Silicon Valley. He was also responsible for developing the campus’s research mission, teaching HCI, Android product design, and research in voting with disabilities.

He is well known as a creator and tester of new scenarios for working with computing systems. His design practice includes speaking engagements, innovation workshops consulting. He is CTO of Foldimate for which he made a shirt-folding robot this year.

Ted spent ten years as an associate Professor at the MIT Media Laboratory where he created the Context Aware Computing group, co-directed the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, and directed the CIDI Kitchen of the future/ product design of the future project. His work is noted for creating demonstrations of a more considerate world in which intentions are recognized and respected in complex domains.

His successes at targeted product creation and enhancement lead to his role of IBM Fellow and director of User Systems Ergonomics Research at IBM. He has also served as a consulting professor at Stanford University, taught at Hampshire, University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Brown Universities and worked at Xerox PARC and Atari Research Labs.

Creative Processes in Online Collaboration (On-Create) http://on-create.eu/

Prof. Bjoern Stockleben (Film University Babelsberg, Konrad Wolf, Germany)

Björn Stockleben (male) is professor for new media production at Film University Babportrait_300_dpielsberg KONRAD WOLF. His current research areas comprise management of interdisciplinary teams, data-driven media production, online collaboration and non-linear AV media. He holds a master’s degree in Media Sciences, Media Technology and Computer Sciences from Technische Universität Braunschweig and Braunschweig University of Art in 2003. He used to work as coordinator of the Master programme Cross Media at University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal. Before, he worked as technical manager and UX consultant in EC and ESA funded research projects such as HBB-NEXT, ARTES-COTV and TV-Ring at Rundfunk Berlin-Brandeburg innovation project group. He coordinates the Erasmus+ partnership “OnCreate” on creative processes in online collaboration. He has lectured in media theory and human-machine interaction at various universities and is a PhD student in Media Management at TU Tampere, Finland.

Tactile Communication in Extreme Contexts: Exploring the Design Space Through Kiteboarding

A/Prof. Tim Merrit (Aarhus University, Denmark)

s200_tim-merrittTimothy Merritt is an Associate Professor in the Design Research Group at Aarhus University Dept. Of Engineering and teaches interaction design courses in the IT Product Development BSc and MSc programme. He holds a PhD from the National University of Singapore where his thesis explored how and why people respond differently to artificial and human teammates in co-operative games. This extends to the broad focus of explorations with technology as a partner in creativity and human performance. His research interests include human–robot interaction, shape-changing interfaces, and the design of interactive spaces. Outcomes from research and teaching are shared at www.ixd.net

In this talk, I discuss kiteboarding as an experimental platform to find ways in which technologies could support communication needs in mentally and physically demanding contexts. In our HapticKite system, a kite control bar with embedded sensors and actuators communicates instructions through voice or tactile cues to explore facilitating communication for control guidance. Tactile cues were shown to be productive in changing behavior. Voice, however, communicated planning models and directional guidance better than tactile cues. Still, voice may negatively impact experience. The experiments highlight the need for better ways for communication tools to support mental models. To conclude, I will share some insights from our current work exploring haptics and kiteboarding and will connect this to wider issues in the design of technologies for people.

Industry Panel

  • James Lush – CEO/Founder of Lush Digital
  • Sam Field – Co-Founder of Periscope Pictures
  • Melanie Santiago – Founder of Contour Media
  • Derrik Yaw – Multi-Award Winning Curtin Screen Arts Graduate
  • David Gribble – CEO Constable Care Child Safety Foundation

James Lush (CEO, Lush Digital)

James started his brjameslushsmalloadcasting career back in the UK 25 years ago, hosting a daily show with the BBC for many years. He also spent a number of years as a reporter and producer for both the BBC and ITV, in both news and sport. For over 7 years James presented Saturday Breakfast on 720 ABC Perth in Australia. James presented the Breakfast Show on 720 ABC Perth up until the middle of October 2016 on top of managing Lush Digital Media, a former Telstra Business of the Year and the largest content marketing agency in Western Australia.

James hosts and facilitates a large number of major events around Australia, using his inquisitive and audience driven approach to ensure events are memorable for the right reasons. With a real broadcasting approach to events, regular clients include The CFO Series (around Australia and New Zealand), Connect Events (Brand Forum, Retail Forum). Committee for Perth, Leadership WA, Property Council, Youth Focus, WAPPA and many more.

James has a strong reputation for providing the highest level media consultancy, unrivaled media training and presentation coaching to senior executives. Clients include Government Ministers past and present, Rio Tinto, McDonalds, HBF, BankWest, Water Corporation, Scitech and many more. James is asked to talk regularly on the subjects he knows most about – Psychology, Media and Business Communication and in particular the changing face of the digital media space which currently is going through nothing less than a total transformation.

Derrik Yaw (Graph Studio – Film Director, Content Planer)

graph-studio-logo_red_smallDerrik, a Curtin University graduate in Film & TV has dabbled in multiple fields including marketing for a multinational oil & gas corporate, graphic designing and events management before settling on focusing all his creative energy to his true passion of video production.

Besides commercial video productions, he enjoys creating social media friendly short films. His shortie, ‘Carmen’ based on his life experience of a deaf interview candidate has been viewed over 2,000 times since June 2013. Due to good response and appreciation from the deaf community, Derrik followed up with another short film centred around a deaf character, called ‘Flaws of Attraction’, which has garnered over 20,000 views to date and will also be part of the “Inclús: Barcelona International Disability Film Festival” workshop. Other notable short films include ‘Shadow’ which was one of the Top 10 selection for the SKT South East Asia Short Film Festival 2015. It now has over 30,000 views on popular short film platform Vidsee.

His latest contribution to the exciting Malaysia Web Film scene is for his role as the video director and co-creator of the wildly famous BSN’s Kucing Happy social videos which recently picked up the Golden Kancil at the Kancil’s Award 2015, Marketing Excellence Award and Effies. In just 2 years time, his growing portfolio has span across South East Asia with popular brands such as IKEA, Coleman, Rinnai, BSN, Volvo, Nestle just to name      a few.

Sam Field (Co-Founder Periscope Pictures)

PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA – May 16: Periscope Pictures, Candidate Games, May 16 2016 (Photo by Sabine Albers )

Sam Field is a shooting director specialising in broadcast documentary as well as interactive and factual. In 2016 Sam directed Candidate Games, a half hour documentary for ABC2, as well as the interactive documentary Beneath The Waves (ScreenWest / WA Museum), which won the W.A Screen Award for Best interactive Production. Recently Sam has worked as a director for UK factual production house WAG TV on a range of international broadcast series, such as the What on Earth and How Do They Do It? series. In 2013 his ‘crowd funded’ feature documentary Hunter: For The Record won Best Feature Documentary at the WA Screen Awards (2013), and Sam also has experience in commercial television after working as a Field Producer for Dancing With the Stars (2008 – 2010).

David Gribble (CEO, Constable Care Child Safety Foundation)

untitledDavid is the CEO of the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation, leading the iconic WA organisation for the last five years through the most significant period of innovation and change in its 27 year history. David’s 30+ years in NFP management span the disability, health, aged care, arts and community sectors and he is a graduate of Curtin University and RMIT University, a member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. The Foundation is currently involved in the construction of WA’s only road safety experiential learning centre for children in Maylands, and is partnering with Curtin University School of Media and School of Education to develop an augmented reality risk experience and WA curriculum-linked teaching and learning resources. The $1.7 million Constable Care Safety School becomes operational in July 2017 and is expected to attract over 20,000 primary school students each year, with the outdoor AR experience being the centrepiece of the excursion learning activity.