Emile Aarts: “Engineering Natural Lighting Experiences”
Prof.dr. Emile (E.H.L.) Aarts studied Physics at Radboud University Nijmegen (graduated with honors) and gained his PhD at the University of Groningen in Mathematics and Physics. After completion of his studies in science he joined Philips Research in 1983 where he worked in various research and management positions until he was appointed in 2009 as Chief Scientific Officer. He was the Vice President and Senior Scientific Officer at Philips Research.
From 1991 until 2007 he was a part-time professor in computing science at the Eindhoven University of Technology and from 2007 until 2012 part-time professor in industrial design at the same university. In 2012 he left Philips to pursue a full-time academic career as dean of the faculty of Mathematics and Computing Science of the Eindhoven University of Technology.
He has been a senior consulant at the Dutch National Institute of Knowledge Systems of the University Maastricht (1993-1997) and of the Center for Quantitative Methods in Eindhoven (1997-2003).
He was involved in the launch of the European Technology Platform Artemis and served on its Presidium (2004-2009) and Executive Steering Board (2009-2012). Since 1992 he chairs the board of the domain for Exact Sciences of the Dutch National Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). He has served (and still does) on numerous academic and governmental advisory boards at national and European level.
He is the co-author of fifteen books and more than two hundred scientific papers. He was involved in the launch of the concept of Ambient Intelligence and co-founder of Philips’ ExperienceLab. In 2010 he founded the Intelligent Lighting Institute at the Eindhoven University of Technology. His current research interests focus on Social Innovation Technologies and Open Innovation.
Jan Borchers is full professor of computer science and head of the Media Computing Group at RWTH Aachen University. With his research group, he explores the field of human-computer interaction, with a particular interest in new post-desktop user interfaces for smart environments, ubiquitous computing, interactive exhibits, and time-based media such as audio and video. Before joining RWTH, he worked as assistant professor of computer science at Stanford University for two years, and briefly at ETH Zurich. He received his PhD in computer science from Darmstadt University of Technology in 2000, and is a member of ACM, SIGCHI, BayCHI, and GI.
Peter de With
Peter H.N. de With (Fellow, IEEE) graduated in electrical engineering from the University of Technology in Eindhoven. In 1992, he received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Technology Delft, The Netherlands, for his work on video bit-rate reduction for recording applications. He joined Philips Research Labs Eindhoven in 1984, where he became a member of the Magnetic Recording Systems Department.
From 1985 to 1993, he was involved in several European projects on SDTV and HDTV recording. In this period, he contributed as a principal coding expert to the DV standardization for digital camcording. In 1994, he became a member of the TV Systems group at Philips Research Eindhoven, where he was leading the design of advanced programmable video architectures. In 1996, he became senior TV systems architect.
He was appointed as full professor at the University of Mannheim, Germany, at the faculty Computer Engineering in 1997. In Mannheim he was heading the chair on Digital Circuitry and Simulation with the emphasis on video systems.
Since 2000, he is with CMG Eindhoven (now LogicaCMG) as a principal consultant and he is professor at the University of Technology Eindhoven, at the faculty of Electrical Engineering. He is head of the Video Coding and Architectures group within Signal Processing Systems. He is the TU/e Strategic Area Health theme leader of Smart Diagnosis.
Regularly, he is a teacher of the Philips Technical Training Centre and for other post-academic courses. In 1995 and 2000, he co-authored papers that received the IEEE CES Transactions Paper Award, and in 2004, the VCIP Best Paper Award. In 1996, he obtained a company Invention Award. In 1997, Philips received the ITVA Award for its contributions to the DV standard. Prof. de With is IEEE Fellow, program committee member of the IEEE CES and ICIP, chairman of the Benelux community for Information and Communication Theory, co-editor of the historical book of this community, former scientific board member of CMG, scientific advisor of the Dutch Imaging school ASCII, IEEE ISCE and board member of various working groups.
Berry Eggen: “Now You See It – Now You Don’t: User Experience Design for Everyday Life”
Prof.dr.ir. J.H. (Berry) Eggen (1960) studied Applied Physics at TU/e and gained his MSc (cum laude) in 1986. He gained his PhD in 1992 at the Institute for Perception Research on the perception and synthesis of computer-generated speech. From 1989 he worked at Philips Research in the area of user-system interaction. He was a visiting scientist at the MRC Applied Psychology Unit, Cambridge, UK and at the Artificial Intelligence group of Philips Research in Redhill, UK. He was appointed full professor of User Centered Engineering in the TU/e Industrial Design Department in 2003. Since 1 September 2006, he has been the vice dean of the Industrial Design Department.
Over the years he has led various groups of researchers clustered around themes like Information Ergonomics, Multimodal Interaction (including lighting and sound) and Intelligent Interfaces. He was responsible for the overall coordination and programmatic and usability aspects of the Philips Ambient Intelligence ‘HomeLab’ research laboratory. He is (co-)author of more than 120 publications in international journals, conference proceedings, books etc. and holds 18 patents including his work as co-inventor of the innovative Philips Ambilight television. He co-chaired international conferences on Ambient Intelligence and Persuasive Technologies.
His current research activities include interaction design research for playful interactions and the exploration of decentralized systems approaches to ambient intelligence. Within the field of multimodal research his interests include lighting and sound innovations in the living room and public spaces, and the exploration of light and sound as calm environmental information displays.
Mathias Funk: “Designing Information Products”
Dr. Mathias Funk (TU/e contact page, personal website) is a Assistant Professor in the Designed Intelligence group, focusing on remote data collection and adaptive systems, but enjoys working ‘out of control’ with technologies from sound/video processing to the web. In this project, he is most interested in the way people interact with and take ownership of intelligent everyday systems. He is also co-founder of the TU/e spin-off UXsuite.
Lucio Marcenaro: “Cognitive Robots using Lego Mindstorms and Android Smartphones”
Lucio Marcenaro enjoys over 10 years’ experience in image and video sequence analysis, and authored over 30 technical papers related to signal and video processing for computer vision. An Electronic Engineering graduate from Genova University in 1999, he received his PhD in Computer Science and Electronic Engineering from University of Genova in 2003. From 2003 to 2010 he was CEO and development manager at TechnoAware srl. From March 2011, he became Assistant Professor in Telecommunications for the Faculty of Engineering at the Department of Biophysical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Genova. He is the principal scientific and technical coordinator of the Ambient Awareness Lab (A2Lab), with TechnoAware srl. His main current research interests are: video processing for event recognition, detection and localization of objects in complex scenes, distributed heterogeneous sensors ambient awareness systems, ambient intelligence and bio-inspired cognitive systems. Dr. Marcenaro was Industrial Chair of the 6th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal Based Surveillance (AVSS2009), Genoa, Italy September 2-4 2009. He is in the technical committee of many surveillance related international conferences (IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal Based Surveillance (AVSS), IEEE International Conference on Imaging for Crime Detection and Prevention (ICDP), IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), IEEE International Workshop on Visual Surveillance (VS) 2009) and international journals (IET Image Processing, IET Computer Vision, IET Communications, Machine Vision and Applications, Circuit and Systems for Video Technology, Pattern Recognition Letters, Transactions on Sensor Networks, Signal Image and Video Processing).
Panos Markopoulos: “Qualitative Research Methods for Interaction Design Practice and Research”
Prof. dr. ir. Panos Markopoulos studied computer science in the National Technical University of Athens and human-computer interaction in Queen Mary University of London, where he also did his doctorate in formal methods in human computer interaction. He is a full Professor in the Department of Industrial Design of the Eindhoven University of Technology, Director of Education of the department of Industrial Design and Director of the USI (User System Interaction) programme. His research and teaching concern interaction design and ambient intelligence. He has worked on several application domains including social games for children, persuasive technologies, connectedness between family and friends and rehabilitation technology. Prof. Markopoulos has co-authored a book on evaluating children’s interactive products, published by Morgan Kaufmann in 2008.
Juan Manuel Moreno: “Bio-inspired and Auto-adaptive Architectures”
He holds currently an Associate Professor position at the Department of Electronic Engineering of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. He obtained the MSc Degree and PhD Degrees in Telecommunication Engineering in 1991 and 1994, respectively, both from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. He was the overall project coordinator of the Reconfiguragle POEtic tiussue project (POETIC, IST- 2000-28027) whose main results was a new family of integrated programmable devices with bio-inspired capabilities. He has participated in several european projects related to artificial neural networks (Enhanced Learning for Evolutive Neural Architectures, ELENA, Esprit IV RTD, No. 6891), Field-Programmable Architectures (FIeld Programmable System On a Chip, FIPSOC, Esprit V RTD, No. 21625), dynamically reconfigurable programmable architectures (Design methodology and environment for dynamically reconfigurable FPGA, RECONF2, IST-2001-34016), bio-inspired systems (Pervasive Comuting Framework for Modeling Complex Virtually-unbounded Systems, PERPLEXUS, IST-2006-034632), and assisted living (Personal Health Device for the Remote and Autonomous Management of Parkinson’s Disease, REMPARK, FP7-ICT-2011-287677, Fall detection for the Elder, FATE, CIP-ICT-PSP-2011-297178). His research interests include analog and digital VLSI design, neural networks models, architectures for programmable devices and systems on chip, bio- inspired computing techniques, and electronic systems for e-health infrastructures.
Anton Nijholt: “Human Sensing, Tagging and Interaction”
Anton Nijholt started his professional life as a programmer at TNO-Delft. He studied civil engineering, mathematics and computer science at Delft University of Technology and did his Ph.D. in theoretical computer science at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. He held positions at the University of Twente, the University of Nijmegen, McMaster University (Canada), the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium), and at NIAS in Wassenaar. During some years he was scientific advisor of Philips Research Europe. Presently he is member of the Human Media Interaction group of the University of Twente. His main research interests are multi-party interaction, multimodal interaction, brain-computer interfacing and entertainment computing.
Bernhard Rinner: “Visual Sensor Networks”
He received both his PhD and MSc in Telematics from Graz University of Technology in 1996 and 1993, respectively. Before joining Klagenfurt he was with Graz University of Technology and held research positions at the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin in 1995 and 1998/99. His current research interests include embedded computing, embedded video and computer vision, sensor networks and pervasive computing. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 papers for journals, conferences and workshops, has led many research projects and has served as reviewer, program committee member, program chair and editor-in-chief.
Prof. Rinner has been co-founder and general chair of the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras and has served as chief editor of a special issue on this topic in The Proceedings of the IEEE. He is member of the IEEE, IFIP and TIV (Telematik Ingenieurverband).
Boris de Ruyter
After his graduation, Boris de Ruyter worked as a research assistant in experimental psychology, at the University of Antwerp. Since 1994 he has been with Philips Research where he is appointed as principal scientist. His research focuses on user modeling and psychometrics. Since 1999 he has been leading a research team of behavioral scientists that contributes to the Lifestyle research program of Philips Research.
Since the completion of the HomeLab at the Philips Research headquarters in Eindhoven, Boris has been playing a key role in user planning and managing testing activities taking place inside this facility.
He is an author of multiple international publications and owns numerous patents. He was the co-chair of the European Symposium on Ambient Intelligence and is active in several program committees of scientific events such as the SIGCHI, AVI, and MobileHCI conferences.
Ronald van Tienhoven: “The Fine Art of Data Gardening”
From 1993 onward he has worked primarily in the public domain with projects both in the Netherlands and abroad, ranging from landscape art to euro coin design. His toolbox is multidisciplinary, his contexts are manifold. In the course of 2013 he will focus mainly on self-initiated art projects that address the way narrative and history leave their visual and physical imprint in the urban realm.
He has worked as art and design intermediary for several institutions in the Netherlands. He was consultant and curator for the Mondriaan Foundation’s Bureau for Public Art Commissions. In the same period he advised Stroom Den Haag and organized exhibitions and conferences there.
As tutor and lecturer he shares his experience and knowledge in the context of fine art, architecture, design and technology. Presently he is board member of the Next Nature Foundation and member of the board of advisers of the Virtueel Platform Foundation, which merged with the Netherlands Architecture Institute and Premsela/the Netherlands Foundation for Design and Fashion in 2013.