mediaX 2014 Conference

April 29, 2014


  • Jeremy Bailenson Jeremy Bailenson is Founding Director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford, and a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment. He earned a B.A. cum laude from the University of Michigan in 1994 and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Northwestern University in 1999. Bailenson was a Post-Doctoral Fellow and an Assistant Research Professor at the Research Center for Virtual Environments and Behavior at UCSB. Bailenson’s main area of interest is the phenomenon of digital human representation, especially in the context of immersive virtual reality. He designs and studies virtual reality systems and explores the manner in which these systems change the nature of verbal and nonverbal interaction. In particular, he explores how virtual reality can change the way people think about education, environmental behavior, and health. His findings have been published in over 90 academic papers, his work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and he also receives grants from various Silicon Valley and international corporations. Bailenson consults for government agencies including the US Army and Air Force, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the National Research Council, and the National Institute of Health on policy issues surrounding virtual reality.
  • Janusz Bryzek Janusz Bryzek is considered one of the pioneers of MEMS. He cofounded nine Silicon Valley MEMS companies: Sensym (now Honeywell), ICSensors (now Elmos/MSI), NovaSensor (now General Electric), Intelligent MicroSensor Technology (now Maxim), Transparent Networks (now Intel), LVSI (now Atmel), Jyve (now Fairchild Semiconductor), BN Ventures (Strategic Consulting) and the TSensors Summit, as well as due diligence for VC firms, including USVP, Mayfield, Benchmark, Morgenthaler and Panorama. He has served as an Advisor or Board member for over 40 companies. In 2013, Bryzek started the TSensors (Trillion Sensors) initiative, accelerating the development of new sensor types to support the Abundance movement, targeting the elimination of major global problems in one generation. In 1994 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Sensors Magazine and in 2003 by MANCEF. Bryzek has delivered over 250 presentations and papers, written sections of four books, organized and chaired many international conferences and has been issued 23 US patents. He started sensor standardization efforts, including AAMI Disposable Blood Pressure Transducers and IEEE-1451 Smart Sensor Communication. Bryzek is an Advisory Board Member of The Global Medical Microtechnology Association and a member of the IEEE-MEMS Program Committee. Bryzek received his MSEE and Ph.D. from Warsaw Technical University, Poland.
  • Greg Dibb Greg Dibb is Senior Manager, Strategy and Operations at Nissan Motor Company. He is responsible for operations and strategy at Nissan’s research center in Silicon Valley, developing future automotive technologies. His work is focused on Autonomous Vehicles, Connected Vehicles, and HMI Human Machine Interaction -- including research in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data. Dibb is also the Founder of Silicon Valley Autonomous Vehicle Enthusiasts meetup group. Dibb has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and an SM in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.
  • Carol S. Dweck Carol S. Dweck is a leading researcher in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford. Her research focuses on why students succeed and how to foster their success. More specifically, her work has demonstrated the role of mindsets in success and has shown how praise for intelligence can undermine students’ motivation and learning. She has also held professorships at Columbia and Harvard Universities, has lectured to education, business, and sports groups all over the world, and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. She recently won the Distinguished Scientific Contribution award from the American Psychological Association, one of the highest awards in Psychology. Her work has been prominently featured in such publications as The New Yorker, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, and The London Times, with recent feature stories on her work in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post, and she has appeared on such shows as Today, Good Morning America, NPR’s Morning Edition, and 20/20. Her bestselling book Mindset (published by Random House) has been widely acclaimed and has been translated into over 20 languages.
  • Laurie Frick Laurie Frick is a data artist. She uses self-tracking data to construct hand-built works and installations to imagine a time when sensors not only measure but also predict our behavior. She holds an MFA from the New York Studio School, an MBA from the University of Southern California and studies at New York University’s ITP program. Using her background in engineering and high-technology, she explores the future of the quantified-self where smart phones and gadgets gather and present patterns of stress, mood and bio-function digitally recorded and physically produced as intelligent wallpaper. Frick recently was awarded residencies by the Neuroscience Research Center, University of Texas, the Headlands, Yaddo and the Bemis Center. Frick’s talks and publications include The Huffington Post, Nature Publishing Group, Los Angeles Times, New Scientist, NPR, Creative Mornings and a TED talk at TEDxAustin. This past year she had solo exhibitions at Texas State University, Oklahoma Contemporary and Marfa Contemporary. She is represented by Edward Cella in Los Angeles.
  • Renate Fruchter Renate Fruchter is the founding director of the PBL Lab, lecturer in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Senior Research Engineer thrust leader of “Collaboration Technologies” at the Center for Integrated Facilities Engineering (CIFE), at Stanford. She leads a research effort to develop collaboration technologies for multidisciplinary, geographically distributed teamwork, and e-Learning. Her interests focus on R&D and larger scale deployment of collaboration technologies that include Web-based team building, synchronous and asynchronous knowledge capture, sharing and re-use, project memory, corporate memory, and mobile solutions for global teamwork and e-Learning.
  • Haisong Gu Haisong Gu is Division Manager of the IT Research Division at Konica Minolta Laboratory USA, Inc. and has been a mediaX Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. Gu obtained his Ph.D. from Osaka University in Japan in 1994. Gu’s research includes sensing technology, pattern recognition and machine intelligence. Since then, he has been working with several companies and universities in both Japan and the U.S., including Osaka University, Panasonic and USC. For his achievement in pioneering a stereo vision-based robot system in the field of factory automation, he received the “Automation Technology Award” in Japan. He is the first author of more than 30 research papers and owns numerous patents. Most recently, he has been exploring advanced IT solutions for higher education, healthcare and productivity improvement for individuals and groups.
  • Marcelo Guimaraes Marcelo Guimarães is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sabia Experience, a Brazilian social and technology innovation company dedicated to fostering HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) culture in industry workforce. He holds a Master of Science degree in Metrology and Instrumentation and he was a guest researcher at NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) in the USA. He participated in many executive courses at Sloan School of Management - MIT and at Stanford Business School - Stanford University. He is co-inventor of many patented technologies and products related to mechaoptoelectronic devices and systems used for training groups of workers in hostile industrial environments, typically found in Oil&Gas, Mining and Construction Industries.
  • Joris Janssen Joris Janssen has a background in Human Computer Interaction, holding a Ph.D. for research on physiosocial technology and affective computing from Eindhoven University of Technology (cum laude), and M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence from the Radboud University Nijmegen (cum laude). He is currently a Sr. Researcher at Sense Observation Systems, specializing in using unobtrusive sensing for coaching people, and a Visiting Scholar at mediaX at Stanford University. Previously held positions include a prior term as a mediaX Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and research scientist at Philips Research. Written output of his work can be found in 30 leading peer-reviewed journals and conference publications as well as 8 patent applications. Janssen’s main research interests revolve around machine learning, signal processing, behavior change, persuasive technology, social connectedness, affective computing, and context awareness.
  • Timothy Kasbe Timothy Kasbe is Chief Operating Officer of Gloria Jeans Company, largest vertically integrated fast-fashion apparel retailer in the Russian Federation. Gloria Jeans Company, based in Rostov On Don, has experienced break-neck growth in the past five years with 48 factories and 692 stores across 11 time zones of the Russia Federation and Ukraine. Prior to Gloria Jeans Company, Timothy served as the Chief Information Officer at Sears Holdings, in Chicago, IL and was responsible for a technology driven transformation of the retailer from bricks and mortar to online properties for ecommerce, social, and a loyalty program for all Sears’s businesses. Before Sears, Timothy was CIO for Reliance Industries Limited in Mumbai, the largest Indian company across oil & gas, pharma, retail and other businesses. Prior to Reliance, Timothy had a long career in IBM and served in many roles there in software, retail and services sectors. He started his working life at Westpac Banking Corporation in Sydney, Australia as a money market dealer. Timothy Kasbe holds several degrees in Technology, and Theology. He is currently completing his doctoral studies in Theology at Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC. Kasbe also serves on the board of Seriosity Inc., Palo Alto, CA and DataTamer, Inc.
  • Harlan Kennedy Harlan Kennedy is the Director of Strategy at VBP Orange, a brand innovation consultancy housed within the San Francisco advertising agency Venables, Bell & Partners. Kennedy has been helping clients with strategic challenges since 1995. Orange clients include Audi, Barclays, mediaX at Stanford University, the March of Dimes and ZER01. In addition to this role, Harlan continues to serve as the strategic lead on Barclays, Russell Investments, and Conoco Phillips at VBP. Prior to working at Venables Bell & Partners, Harlan was VP of Strategic Planning at McCann-Erickson New York, where, in addition to launching the original Xbox for Microsoft, he headed up strategic planning efforts on Dentyne Ice, Bass Ale, and Agilent Technologies.
  • Larry Leifer Hu-mimesis: Design Requirements for Personal Relevance. The engineering design thinking paradigm at Stanford University goes back 50 years. It continues to evolve. Today it is on the cusp of becoming the “next new fundamental,” the other side of the equation to physics and math. ME310 is a master class for the development of new product development (NPD) talent. Our principal strategy is to train graduate students in our “instrumented flight simulator (the ME310-Global-Loft). After sharing several NPD case examples I will share key findings from the design thinking research program at CDR.
  • Phil Levis Phil Levis is Associate Professor in the Computer Science and (by courtesy) Electrical Engineering Departments of Stanford University, where he researches operating systems, networks, and software design, especially wireless networks, sensor networks, and embedded systems. Levis heads the Stanford Information Networking Group (SING) and holds the Fletcher Jones Faculty Development Chair. Levis is the author of over 60 peer reviewed papers, several of which have received best paper or most influential paper awards. He has been awarded an NSF CAREER Award and a Microsoft New Faculty Fellowship. Levis co-founded Kumu Networks to commercialize research from SING on full duplex wireless.
  • Neema Moraveji Neema Moraveji is Co-founder of Spire and Director of the Stanford Calming Technology Lab, studying how interactive products can mitigate the effects stress has on our physical and mental health, cognition, attention, relationships, productivity, and life purpose. Earlier, Moraveji was a researcher with Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing, where he invented Microsoft Mouse Mischief. He studied Computer Science at the University of Maryland HCI Lab (B.S.) and at the HCI Institute at Carnegie Mellon University (M.S.). Moraveji defended his Ph.D. dissertation, Augmented Self-Regulation, at Stanford University in 2011.
  • Hiroshi Nakajima Hiroshi Nakajima received a B.Eng. degree in System Engineering from Kobe University, Japan, in 1985 and Ph.D. degree in Systems Information Science from Kumamoto University, Japan, in 2004. He is currently Senior Technology Specialist at Omron Corporation. In addition to a long-term career in industry, Nakajima has also been a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE SMC, a part-time lecturer at Kyoto Saga University of Arts, and a Graduate School of Science GP Fellow and Affiliate Professor at Osaka Prefecture University. Nakajima has applied sensory inspection and computational intelligence to focus on general solutions for improving health in humans, machines and energy consumption. He has published over 70 journal and conference papers. He received the Best Paper Award from Interaction’99 in 1999, the Best Author Award from Information Processing Society of Japan in 2000, the Industrial Outstanding Application Award from International Fuzzy Systems Association in 2007, the Best Paper Award from Japan Society for Fuzzy Theory and Intelligent Informatics in 2009, and the Biomedical Wellness Award from SPIE in 2011.
  • Naja Nielsen Naja Nielsen is a Visiting Scholar with HSTAR at Stanford, as well as Head of TV and Executive Editor of Danish Broadcasting News, an independent provider of news and current affairs via TV, Radio, Mobile and Online. Nielson is the winner of several television awards, and has over 20 years of experience in news media - as a reporter, television presenter, producer, editor and host of political debates. She holds a BA in Journalism from Danmarks Journalisthøjskole, and degrees and certificates in Executive Education, Journalism and Management from the Kellogg School of Management, Medill School of Journalism, the Stanford Research Institute, and the Wharton Business School.
  • Shyam Pillalamarri Shyam Pillalamarri is SVP of Technology and CTO of Samsung, SDS. Prior to Samsung, Pillalamarri co-founded Azul Systems, building fully supported, standards-compliant Java runtime solutions that help enable real time business. Shyam also held management and engineering positions at Nortel Networks and Shasta Networks, ZietNet/Cabletron and Hewlett Packard. Shyam holds a MSCS degree from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree from IIT, Madras, India. He has been granted 12 patents in high performance computing and communications.
  • Rick Rommel Rick Rommel is a mediaX Distinguished Visiting Scholar, and is a respected and entrepreneurial industry leader who has built innovative businesses in the consumer electronics, retail and aerospace industries. Most recently, Rommel created Best Buy’s Global Private Label CE business, the company’s most profitable internal start-up initiative. Prior to that, Rommel helped lead Best Buy’s New Business Consumer Solution Group to create, incubate, and accelerate new global business opportunities. Rommel’s career has spanned management roles in a $4B retail business and a $10M startup; and consumer product development for Best Buy and Kodak. He has served in General Management, Product Development, Sales, IT, Business Development, Marketing and Operations roles and began his career launching satellites at Hughes.
  • Martha Russell Martha Russell is Executive Director of mediaX at Stanford University, Senior Research Scholar at the Human Sciences Technology Advanced Research Institute, and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Creativity and Capital at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Russell leads business alliances and interdisciplinary research for mediaX at Stanford University. With people and technology as the intersecting vectors in many media contexts, Dr. Russell has established collaborative research initiatives in ICT and technology leadership - for national agencies and for technology companies. She pioneered one of the first US public-private partnerships in microelectronic and information science and also in manufacturing technologies. With a focus on the power of shared vision, Dr. Russell has developed planning/evaluation systems and consulted regionally and internationally on technology innovation for regional development. Dr. Russell studies relationship systems - people to people, to their brands, to their organizations, and for innovation. Using data-driven visualizations, her recent studies have take innovation's pulse and tracked the evolution of innovation ecosystems in digital media, learning technologies, and sensors. She has applied insights about relational capital and decision analytics to corporate, regional and national challenges. Dr. Russell serves as an advisor to the Journal of Technology Forecasting and Social Change, the Journal of Enterprise Transformation and several startup companies.
  • Paul Saffo Paul Saffo is a Silicon Valley-based forecaster with three decades experience helping corporate and governmental clients understand and respond to the dynamics of large-scale, long-term change. He is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar with mediaX, teaches forecasting in the Engineering School at Stanford, and is chair of Future Studies at Singularity University. Saffo is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Saffo holds degrees from Harvard College, Cambridge University, and Stanford University.
  • Manish Saggar Manish Saggar is a Postdoctoral Scholar in Psychiatry Department at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and is working with Dr. Allan Reiss in the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR). Saggar’s research focuses on the intersections of cognitive science, neuroimaging, and computational modeling, with the goal of developing novel experimental designs and computational analyses to better understand typical and atypical brain functioning. Saggar’s currently projects include: (a) finding the neural correlates of creativity and its enhancement across lifespan; (b) developing multi-person neuroimaging paradigms to assess the neural correlates of social interaction; and (c) constructing methods to characterize and model the dynamics of brain’s intrinsic activity. Saggar is also part of Stanford’s teaching team, where he is actively involved in teaching design thinking principles and their relation to mental health. Saggar received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. As part of his doctoral work, he developed a computational model of brain processes underlying meditation training. He holds a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelors degree in Information Technology from the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad (India).
  • Mark Zdeblick Prior to co-founding Proteus Digital Health, Mark Zdeblick served as the chief technology officer for the optical switch group at K2 Optronics. Zdeblick is also founder, director and past chief technical officer of Redwood Microsystems, developer of the world’s highest performance microfabricated valves and electro-fluidic integrated circuits. While working in Professor Calvin Quate’s engineering group at Stanford, Zdeblick invented the microfabricated cantilever beam with an atomically sharp tip that enabled atomic force microscopy. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering (Tau Beta Pi, Phi Eta Sigma) and a B.A. in architecture, both from the University of Illinois, and an M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

About this conference

See Deeper, See Farther! This year's conference will highlight how communication technology, abundant data, and ubiquitous connectivity can enhance the human experience. With an eye towards the future and an emphasis on sensors, self tracking and data security, speakers from Stanford and the mediaX community will share insights about technologies, productivity, well-being and empowerment.

About mediaX at Stanford University

mediaX is a forum, an incubator of ideas, and a programmatic framework to support multi-disciplinary discovery relationships. Our initiatives explore how understanding people can improve the design of technologies – in the areas of learning, mobility, collaboration, entertainment and commerce.

As the industry affiliate program of the H-STAR Institute, mediaX programs are grounded on respect for different approaches to discovery and centered on our belief in the power of collaboration – between business and academic researchers, on campus and around the world.

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