Contact Consortium SIGGRAPH 97 Avatar Panel Discussion Forum

Putting a Human Face on Cyberspace
Designing Avatars and the Virtual Worlds They Live In

To be held at SIGGRAPH 97, Los Angeles Convention Center
Thursday, August 7, 1997 from 4 p.m to 5:45 p.m.
Followed by a Birds of a Feather

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The panelists

We have assembled a group of experts to discuss the technologies underlying avatars, design tools and approaches to build avatars and the worlds they live in, and the psychological relationship of users to their avatars.

Bruce Damer: Bruce Damer is co-director of the Contact Consortium, the world's leading forum on avatar virtual worlds. Bruce speaks and writes extensively on new Internet frontiers and is completing a book on avatar worlds.

Steve DiPaola: Steve DiPaola leads a team of artists, architects, UI designers and musicians in designing and developing 3D Avatars and virtual spaces at Onlive! Technologies the creators of the Traveler voice-supported virtual world.

Moses Ma: Moses Ma is an Internet and computer gaming visionary and was the originator of the Universal Avatars specification with IBM. He recently became co-author of the Open Community VRML multi-user specification proposal with Mitsubishi Electronics.

Ioannis Paniaras: Ioannis Paniaras is completing graduate research at the Media Lab of the University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH. Ioannis is studying virtual communities and avatar fashion trends and their influence on social life in Cyberspace.

Kirk Parsons: Kirk Parsons is a developer of avatar authoring software and has served as a chief avatar technologist for a number of companies including Black Sun Interactive.

Bernie Roehl: Bernie Roehl is a software developer based at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Bernie has written several books and dozens of articles on virtual worlds and currently chairs the Virtual Humans Architecture Group.

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