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We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers for the conference.

Sriram Subramanian
Professor, Department of Computer Science
University of Bristol, UK

Short Bio

Sriram Subramanian is a Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Bristol exploring new forms of interactive systems and interaction modalities. He is specifically interested in rich and expressive input combining multi-touch, haptics and touchless gestures. Before joining the University of Bristol, he worked as a senior scientist at Philips Research Netherlands and as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. You can find more details of his research interests at his groups page

Keynote Abstract

Haptic feedback and shape-shift handhelds for iTV

Handheld devices are now used to view media content on the move as well as serving as a second screen augmenting content on a large screen. This use of handheld devices provides an opportunity to explore creation and consumption of novel multi-sensory content. The Bristol Interaction and Graphics group has been exploring various approaches to creating devices that support high-fidelity haptic and shape-shifting capabilities. In this talk I will present our approach to create such systems as well as to provide initial insights into how these systems might be used to enhance the users viewing experience. I will start with our haptic feedback system before presenting our actuated, shape-shifting device, which should inspire further thoughts about novel and rich interactive TV experiences.

Chris Noessel
Interaction Designer, Cooper, USA

Short Bio

In my day job as a Managing Director and Practice Lead at Cooper, I design products, services, and strategy for a variety of domains, including health, financial, and consumer. In prior experience I've developed interactive kiosks and spaces for museums, helped to visualize the future of counter-terrorism, built prototypes of coming technologies for Microsoft, and designed telehealth devices to accommodate the crazy facts of modern healthcare.

My spidey sense goes off about random topics, and this has led me to speak at conferences about a wide range of things including interactive narrative, ethnographic user research, interaction design, free-range learning, and, most recently, the relationship between science fiction and interface design. I was one of the founding graduates of the now-passing-into-legend Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Ivrea, Italy, where my grad thesis was a service design for lifelong learners called Fresh.

Keynote abstract

Many designers enjoy the interfaces seen in science fiction films and television shows. Freed from the rigorous constraints of designing for real users, sci-fi production designers develop blue-sky interfaces that are inspiring, humorous, and even instructive. By carefully studying these "outsider" user interfaces, designers can derive lessons that make their real-world designs more cutting edge and successful.