- Lora Aroyo, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Lora Aroyo is an associate professor at the Web and Media group, at the Department of Computer Science, The Network Institute, VU University Amsterdam. Her research is focussing on using semantic web technologies for modeling user interests and context, recommendation systems and personalized access of online cultural heritage collections, multimedia archives and interactive TV. She has coordinated the CHIP project on Cultural Heritage Information Personalization and the NoTube project on the integration of Web & TV with the help of semantics. She has co-organized numerous workshops on personalized access to cultural heritage, e-learning, interactive television, visual interfaces to the social and semantic web (e.g. PATCH, FutureTV, PersWeb, VISSW and DeRIVE). Lora is actively involved in the Semantic Web community, i.e. PC co-chair for ESWC2009 and ISWC2011 and conference chair for ESWC2010. She is also actively involved in the Personalization and User modeling community as vice-president of UM Inc. and a member of the editorial board for the UMUAI journal.
- Johan Oomen, Sound and Vision, The Netherlands
Johan Oomen is head of the R&D Department of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and researcher at the Web and Media group of the VU University Amsterdam. He is mainly working on externally funded research projects that focus on providing online access to digital heritage. His PhD research at the VU University focuses on how active user engagement can help to establish a more open, smart and connected cultural heritage. Oomen holds a BA in Information Science and an MA in Media Studies. He is General Secretary of the international DIVERSE network on the use of streaming media in higher education. He has worked for the British Universities Film and Video Council (London) and the RTL Nederland (Hilversum). He has given talks at leading conferences, published numerous articles in journals and is lecturer at the ICCROM training course on Sound and Image Collections Conservation.
- Stéphane Marchand-Maillet, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Stéphane Marchand-Maillet has founded and is heading the Viper group in the Department of Computer Science at University of Geneva. His research is directed towards multimedia information retrieval with emphasis on Multimedia Content Abstraction, ie attaching semantic information to multimedia documents at cheapest cost. In particular, he is interested in all aspects related to multimedia information mining and retrieval and smooth acquisition of knowledge by enhancing user or group interaction. He was the general co-chair of the ACM International Conference on Image and Video Retrieval (ACM-CIVR 2009). He was also the general co-chair of the International Conference of the ACM-SIG on Information Retrieval in 2010 (ACM-SIGIR 2010). He is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Multimedia Information Retrieval. He acts as Chair of the Technical Committee 12 of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR-TC12, “Multimedia and Visual Information Systems”).
- Jeremy Douglass, U. California San Diego, USA
Jeremy Douglass is a researcher in Software Studies at the University of California San Diego and the California Institute for Telecommunication and Information Technology (Calit2), and is an Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts at Ashford University. He researches critical approaches to software and code using the analytic frameworks of the humanities and social sciences. His recent work with Lev Manovich on “computer graphics as a research method” appeared in Grau’s Imagery in the 21st Century (MIT 2011), and their information visualization explorations of patterns in large cultural data sets (including magazines, comics, and books) have appeared internationally in both articles and art exhibitions. Forthcoming book projects by Douglass include a collaboratively authored exploration of the broad cultural impact of a single line of source code (10 PRINT) and, along with Marino and Pressman, a work on electronic literature that explores narrative, visuals, and source code in Poundstone’s Project for Tachistoscope [Bottomless Pit]