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    The keynote information for the International Conference on Multimedia and Human Computer Interaction (MHCI'13) is as follows:




Dr. Mark Green

     Dr. Mark Green is a Full Professor of Computer Science at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Before joining UOIT in 2005 he was a Full Professor in the School of Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong and a Full Professor in the Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta. He was the first general chair of the ACM UIST series of conference and is on the steering committee of ACM VRST.
Dr. Green published his first research paper on computer graphics and user interfaces in 1976. In 1977 he designed the options trading subsystem of the CANDAT online stock trading system. At the University of Alberta he produced one of the first complete User Interface Management Systems (UIMS) along with a tool for the graphical design of user interfaces. In 1986 he established the first Virtual Reality (VR) research laboratory in Canada and in 1998 constructed the first CAVE in Canada. His current research interests include large scale scientific visualization, real-time rendering and mobile computing. The Mercury system supports the interactive visualization and control of scientific computations running on large clusters. This system will be used to explore the interactive steering of scientific computation and collaborative visualization environments. Another research project is investigating the use of tablets and touch technology in advanced manufacturing, where tablets are used on the factory floor to guide the assembly process and provide the right parts at the right time. This project has identified a number of interesting research problems in mobile data management and gesture based interaction.

Topic of Keynote: The more things change, the more they stay the same: Lessons learned in over three decades of user interface research.


Dr. Bill Kapralos

     Bill Kapralos is an Associate Professor in the Game Development and Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. His current research interests include: serious games, multi-modal virtual environments/reality, the perception of auditory events, and 3D (spatial) sound generation for interactive virtual environments and serious games. With funding from the NCE, NSERC, SSHRC, FedDev Ontario, and Inukshuk amongst other sources, he is currently involved in a number of serious games initiatives including those for the training of community health nurses, critical care providers, orthopaedic and cardiac surgeons, and first responders and he is exploring perceptual-based rendering and the effect of multi-modal interactions and other simulation parameters on learning. He is co-editing a book on interactive audio (Oxford University Press), and has chaired the ACM FuturePlay International Conference on the Future of Game Design and Technology from 2007-2010. Bill is the recipient of an IBM Centers for Advanced Studies Faculty Award, and a co-recipient of a Google Faculty Award. Information to be announced soon

Topic of Keynote: Multi-modal interactions, perceptual-based rendering and the implications for virtual environments and serious games


Dr. Wolfgang Stürzlinger

     Dr. Stürzlinger is a leading researcher in three-dimensional user interfaces and virtual reality, who is also very active in human-computer interaction.
    Dr. Stürzlinger has been programming computers since the age of 14. At the request of his father he began developing software for tax consultants soon after. By 1989 this family-run company was the market leader in his native Austria, a position it still retains. Dr. Stürzlinger graduated with a Doctorate in Computer Science from the Technical University in Vienna, Austria in 1993. Supported by an Erwin-Schrödinger fellowship Dr. Stürzlinger visited the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1997 (hosted by Prof. F. Brooks). While in Austria and at UNC, Dr. Stürzlinger's research interests focused on various areas of computer graphics, distributed, and high-performance systems.
    In 1998, Dr. Stürzlinger was appointed to the Department of Computer Science at York University in Toronto, Canada. There, he is a full professor and a member of the interdisciplinary Centre for Vision Research (CVR) as well as the graduate program in Psychology. His works aims to find innovative solutions for real-world problems and is often inter-disciplinary. Current research projects include better user interfaces for three-dimensional design applications, the characterization of the effects of 3D technology on human performance, a thorough investigation of human error behaviors for unreliable technologies, user interfaces for versions and alternatives, new virtual reality hardware and software, and meeting room environments that actively support collaboration.
    Dr. Stürzlinger is a member of the GRAND NCE (Graphics, Animation and New Media Network of Centres of Excellence), where he also serves on the board of directors, a journal editorial board, and numerous international program committees. He has been a program chair for several international scientific events. He is an author of more than a dozen patents and has participated in multiple start-ups. Dr. Stürzlinger has supervised more than 35 graduate students to completion and published more than 100 refereed scientific papers. His group currently consists of a postdoc and 9 graduate students.
    Dr. Stürzlinger loves to dance and enjoys spending time with his kids, skiing, and martial arts.

Topic of Keynote: Is 'Iron Man 2' Right? Re-Investigating 3D User Interfaces


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