Director of the Imagineering Institute,
Malaysia, Full Professor at i-University Tokyo, Visiting Professor at
Raffles University, Malaysia, Visiting Professor at University of Novi
Sad-Serbia, on Technical faculty “Mihailo Pupin”, Serbia, and CEO of
Nikola Tesla Technologies Corporation
Adrian David Cheok, who was born and raised in Adelaide, Australia, graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) with First Class Honors in 1992 and an Engineering PhD in 1998. He is Director of the Imagineering Institute, Malaysia, and Chair Professor of Pervasive Computing at City, University of London.
He is Founder and Director of the Mixed Reality Lab, Singapore. He was formerly Full Professor at Keio University, Graduate School of Media Design and Associate Professor in the National University of Singapore. He has previously worked in real-time systems, soft computing, and embedded computing in Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, Japan.
He has been a keynote and invited speaker at numerous international conferences and events. He was invited to exhibit for two years in the Ars Electronica Museum of the Future, launching in the Ars Electronica Festival 2003 and 2017. His works “Human Pacman”, “Magic Land”, and “Metazoa Ludens”, were each selected as one of the world’s top inventions by Wired and invited to be exhibited in Wired NextFest 2005 and 2007.
He was awarded the Hitachi Fellowship, the A-STAR Young Scientist of the Year Award, and the SCS Singapore Young Professional of the Year Award. He was invited to be the Singapore representative of the United Nations body IFIP SG 16 on Entertainment Computing and the founding Chairman of the Singapore Computer Society Special Interest Group on Entertainment Computing. He was awarded an Associate of the Arts award by the Singapore Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts. He is a Fellow in Education, World Technology Network. He was awarded a Microsoft Research Award for Gaming and Graphics. He received the C4C Children Competition Prize for best interaction media for children, the Integrated Art Competition Prize by the Singapore Land Transport Authority, Creativity in Action Award, and a First Prize Nokia Mindtrek Award. He received a First Prize in the Milan International InventiON competition. He received an SIP Distinguished Fellow Award which honors legendary leaders whose illustrious lives have positively influenced lives across generations and communities around the globe. He was awarded Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. This honor is bestowed each year by the World Economic Forum to recognize and acknowledge the top young leaders from around the world for the professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world. He was awarded “Honorary Expert” by Telefonica and El Bulli, the number one restaurant in the world. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), an organisation which is committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. His research on smell interfaces was selected by NESTA as Top 10 Technologies of 2015. In 2016, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Awards by University of Adelaide, in recognition of his achievements and contribution in the field of Computing, Engineering and Multisensory communication. In 2017, he entered the elite list of The h-Index for Computer Science, a list that contains only the top 0.06% of all computer scientists in the world. In 2018, he was awarded Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Remote kissing gadget ‘Kissenger’ was selected to the Top 100 Science Spinoffs.
He is Editor in Chief of the academic journals: Advances in Robotics and Automation, Transactions on Edutainment (Springer), ACM Computers in Entertainment, and Lovotics: Academic Studies of Love and Friendship with Robots, and Multimodal Technologies and Interaction. He is Associate Editor of Advances in Human Computer Interaction, International Journal of Arts and Technology (IJART), Journal of Recent Patents on Computer Science, The Open Electrical and Electronic Engineering Journal, International Journal of Entertainment Technology and Management (IJEntTM), Virtual Reality (Springer-Verlag), International Journal of Virtual Reality, and The Journal of Virtual Reality and Broadcasting.
David Levy studied Pure Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics at St. Andrews University, Scotland, from where he graduated with a B.Sc. degree. He taught practical classes in computer programming at the Computer Science Department of Glasgow University, before moving into the world of business and professional chess playing and writing. (He wrote more than thirty books on chess.) He was selected to play for Scotland in six World Student Team Chess Championships (1965-1970) and in six Chess Olympiads (1968-1978). In 1968 and 1975 he won the Scottish Chess Championship. He was awarded the International Master title by FIDE, the World Chess Federation, in 1969, and the International Arbiter title in 1976.
The development of David’s interest in Artificial Intelligence started with computer chess, which was a logical combination of his addiction to chess and his work in the field of computing. In 1968 he started a bet with four Artificial Intelligence professors, including John McCarthy who in 1955 had coined the phrase “Artificial Intelligence”, that he would not lose a chess match against a computer program within ten years. He won that bet, and another one for a further five years, succumbing only twenty-one years after making the first bet, and then to a forerunner of the program that defeated Garry Kasparov in 1997. David was first elected President of the International Computer Chess Association (ICCA) in 1986, and after a gap from 1992 to 1999 was elected once again, a position he has held since then (the association now being named the International Computer Games Association (ICGA)).
Since 1977 David has led the development of more than 100 chess playing and other microprocessor-based programs for consumer electronic products. He still works in this field, leading a small team of developers based mainly in the UK.
David’s interest in Artificial Intelligence expanded beyond computer games into other areas of AI, including human-computer conversation. In 1994 he brought together a team to investigate pragmatic solutions to the problem, resulting in his winning the Loebner Prize competition in New York in 1997. He won the prize again in 2009.
David’s achievements in the associated field of Social Robotics include founding international conferences on the subject, and being a co-organizer of six such conferences between 2007 and 2017. He has published a primer on A.I., Robots Unlimited. His fiftieth book, Love and Sex with Robots, was published in November 2007, shortly after he was awarded a PhD by the University of Maastricht for his thesis entitled Intimate Relationships with Artificial Partners.
David has had a lifelong interest in organising mind sports events, and was one of the organisers of the World Chess Championship matches in London (1986 and 1993), as well as the World Checkers Championship match between the human champion and a computer program (1992 in London and 1994 in Boston), in addition to dozens of computer chess championships and similar events. In 1989 he inaugurated the Computer Olympiad, for competitions between computer programs playing thinking games, which has since become an annual event. David also created the Mind Sports Olympiad, in which human players compete at more than 30 different strategy games and other “mind sports”.
His hobbies include classical music, and he has recently started playing chess again after a long gap away from active play. He lives in London with his wife and their cat.
Nicola Liberati, University of Twente
Nicola Liberati is a philosopher aiming to go beyond the “empirical turn” by directly working with engineers, designers, and artists while keeping a sound postphenomenological background. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Pisa working on Augmented Reality and Husserl. Thanks to the prestigious JSPS Postdoctoral fellowship, he developed his work in Japan getting closer to computer sciences and arts, and now he is working on corporeality showing how emerging digital technologies affect subjects’ living bodies. In 2016, he has been elected Vice-chair of the the Society for Phenomenology and Media, and he won important awards such as MASH’D Full Paper Award at the world-leading IEEE conference on Augmented Reality ISMAR2015 and the Best Paper by a Returning Member Award at SPM2014. Newspapers like Routers, de Volkskrant, and Happinez interviewed him, and commissions like UNESCO COMEST used his work highlighting the impact he has on societal issues.
PUBLIC RELATIONS AND SOCIAL MEDIA CHAIR
Eleanor Hancock, University of Liverpool
Eleanor Hancock recently graduated from the University of Liverpool with an Masters of Research in the Communication & Philosophy department. She has been working with sex workers in the Merseyside region for over three years and is currently writing a book documenting the lives of escorts at a Liverpool-based escort agency. She has also spent three years researching the social and ethical consequences derived from utilising sex-technology in digitalised sex-industry contexts. Alongside this research, she has also spent time with the Foundation For Responsible Robotics, where she co-authored a paper about sex robots and sex-technology with Noel Sharkey
Alexiei Dingli, University of Malta
Prof Alexiei Dingli is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Head of the Department of AI at the University of Malta. He has been conducting research and working in the field of AI for the past two decades. His work was rated World Class by international experts and won various prizes including the Semantic Web Challenge, the first prize by the European Space Agency, the e-Excellence Gold Seal award, the first Prize in the Malta Innovation Awards and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) award for Creativity amongst others. He has published several peer reviewed papers and books in the field. He is also involved in various AI projects with local and international organisations. The Government of Malta appointed him on the Malta.AI task-force aimed at making Malta one of the top AI countries in the world.
Professor Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Komazawa University, Tokyo