a Human Face on Cyberspace
Your Guide to our upcoming SIGGRAPH Avatars Panel
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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