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Alan Chalmers, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

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Matthias Niessner, Technical University of Munich, Germany

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Anthony Steed, University College London, United Kingdom

 

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Alan Chalmers
University of Warwick
United Kingdom
 

Brief Bio

Alan Chalmers is a Professor of Visualisation at WMG, University of Warwick, UK and a former Royal Society Industrial Fellow. He has an MSc with distinction from Rhodes University, 1985 and a PhD from University of Bristol, 1991. He is Honorary President of Afrigraph and a former Vice President of ACM SIGGRAPH. Chalmers has published over 250 papers in journals and international conferences on HDR, high-fidelity virtual environments, multi-sensory perception, parallel processing and virtual archaeology and successfully supervised 48 PhD students. In addition, Chalmers is a UK representative on IST/37 considering standards within MPEG and a Town Councillor for Kenilworth where he lives.


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Matthias Niessner
Technical University of Munich
Germany
 

Brief Bio
Dr. Matthias Nießner is a Professor at the Technical University of Munich where he leads the Visual Computing Lab. Before, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Stanford University. Prof. Nießner’s research lies at the intersection of computer vision, graphics, and machine learning, where he is particularly interested in cutting-edge techniques for 3D reconstruction, semantic 3D scene understanding, video editing, and AI-driven video synthesis. In total, he has published over 70 academic publications, including 22 papers at the prestigious ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH / SIGGRAPH Asia) journal and 18 works at the leading vision conferences (CVPR, ECCV, ICCV); several of these works won best paper awards, including at SIGCHI’14, HPG’15, SPG’18, and the SIGGRAPH’16 Emerging Technologies Award for the best Live Demo. Prof. Nießner’s work enjoys wide media coverage, with many articles featured in main-stream media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Spiegel, MIT Technological Review, and many more, and his was work led to several TV appearances such as on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where Prof. Nießner demonstrated the popular Face2Face technique; Prof. Nießner’s academic Youtube channel currently has over 5 million views. For his work, Prof. Nießner received several awards: he is a TUM-IAS Rudolph Moessbauer Fellow (2017 – ongoing), he won the Google Faculty Award for Machine Perception (2017), the Nvidia Professor Partnership Award (2018), as well as the prestigious ERC Starting Grant 2018 which comes with 1.500.000 Euro in research funding; in 2019, he received the Eurographics Young Researcher Award honoring the best upcoming graphics researcher in Europe. In addition to his academic impact, Prof. Nießner is a co-founder and director of Synthesia Inc., a brand-new startup backed by Marc Cuban, whose aim is to empower storytellers with cutting-edge AI-driven video synthesis.


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Anthony Steed
University College London
United Kingdom
 

Brief Bio
Anthony Steed is Head of the Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics group at University College London. He has over 25 years' experience in developing virtual reality and other forms of novel user interface system. He has long been interested in creating effective immersive experiences. While originally most of his work considered the engineering of displays and software, more recently it has focussed on user engagement in virtual reality, embodied cognition and the general problem of how to create more effective experiences through careful design of the immersive interface. He received the IEEE VGTC's 2016 Virtual Reality Technical Achievement Award.
Prof. Steed is the main author of the recent book "Networked Graphics: Building Networked Graphics and Networked Games".  He is currently very interested in tele-collaboration using mixed-reality.
Prof. Steed has been involved in a variety of knowledge transfer activities, including four start-up companies. The most recent is Chirp (chirp.io), which focuses on a problem of co-located interaction in noisy spaces by using sound as data transport.


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