Carl H Smith is Director of the Learning Technology Research Institute based at Ravensbourne in London. His background is in Computer Science and Architecture. He is an academic expert and developer with over fourteen years’ experience conducting R+D into the application of advanced persuasive technologies for lifelong, work and creative learning. He has worked on multiple large scale European FP7 and Leonardo Life Long Learning projects. He specialises in using hybrid reality methodologies and visualization techniques to engineer contexts for the generation and transformation of perception, behaviour and learning. His research interests include spatial methodologies, embodied cognition, field of view technologies, intermediality and human centric hybrid literacy. Senior Lecturer in Creative Coding, Learning Technologies and Research. Director Learning Technology Research Institute (LTRI), Ravensbournehttp://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk
Giorgio Moscati was born in the week that University of São Paulo was created. At age four, he came from Genova in Italy to Brazil. Graduated in engineering from the Polytechnic School and in Physics from the former Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters, both from USP, in which university would be teaching until 1998. Moscati is co-author of a groundbreaking work, developed between 1968 and 1970 with artist Waldemar Cordeiro. The project, considered a pioneer in the area of word processing and image, had a great impact among the artists of the time. To highlight the edges of an image, the technique developed by collaboration between the artist and the scientist was the predecessor of which are currently used in television and film, as well as in the medical field .
Lucia Santaella is full professor at São Paulo Catholic University (Pucsp), PhD in Literary Theory (1973-PUCSP) and in Communication Sciences (1993-São Paulo University). Director of Cimid, Research Center on Digital Media, one of the honorary Presidents of the Latin-American Federation of Semiotics and member of the Argentinian Academy of Fine Arts. She was President of the Charles Sanders Peirce Society, USA (2007). She was Visiting Professor at Frei Universität-Berlin, 1987, Valencia University, 2004, Kassel University, 2009 and 2011, Évora University, 2010. She has published 42 books, organized 11 books, and also published around 300 articles in journals and books in Brazil and abroad. She was awarded with the Jabuti Prizes (2002, 2009, 2011) the Sergio Motta Prize in Art and Technology (2005) and the Luis Beltrão Prize (2010). She is a CNPq researcher 1-A.
Nina Czegledy independent media artist, curator and educator works internationally on collaborative art& science& technology projects. The changing perception of the human body and its environment as well as paradigm shifts in the arts inform her projects. She has exhibited and published widely, won awards for her artwork and has initiated, lead and participated in forums and festivals worldwide at international events Czegledy is a Senior Fellow, KMDI, University of Toronto; Researcher, Hexagram, Concordia University, Montreal; Senior Fellow, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest, member of the Leonardo/ISAST Governing Board, International Research Fellow, Intercreate org, New Zealand; contributing editor Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Board Member Subtle Technologies Festival, Toronto, Board Member Year01, Toronto.
Roy Ascott (President, Planetary Collegium)
Founder of CAiiA, the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in Integrative Arts, University of Wales, Newport, in 1994, and the Planetary Collegium in 2003. He is the DeTao Master of Technoetic Arts at DTMA, Shanghai, where his BA Technoetic Arts degree programme opens this September; and Honorary Professor of Aalborg University, Copenhagen. He is the recipient of the Ars Electronica Golden Nika Award for Visionary Pioneers of Media Art 2014. He promotes an art that is cybernetic, telematic, technoetic, and syncretic. He has visited Brazil frequently; his experiences with the Kuikuru in Xingu, with Umbanda ceremonies, and with ayahuasca rituals, have profoundly affected his worldview. He exhibits internationally, most recently in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Bogotá 2014, at ICA Plug In, Winnipeg 2013, and the Shanghai Biennale, 2012. His work is in the Tate Gallery, London, and other notable collections. He has lectured and advised throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. Founding Editor of Technoetic Arts, and Honorary Editor of Leonardo . His books include: The Future is Now: Art, Technology, and Consciousness, Gold Wall Press, Beijing, 2012; Telematic Embrace, University of California Press, 2003. Technoetic Arts.Yonsei University Press, 2002. Art & Telematics: toward the Construction of New Aesthetics. NTT, Tokyo, 1998.