William (Bill) Verplank is a designer and researcher who focuses on interactions between humans and computers. He is currently a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s CCRMA and is involved in Stanford’s D-school. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and product design from Stanford, then went on to MIT to complete a PhD in man-machine systems.
He worked at Xerox Parc and Office Systems Divisions from 1978-1986 refining the design of the original graphical user interface and mouse, in the Xerox Star. He went on to work with Bill Moggridge, first at IDtwo and then at IDEO (1986–1992), bringing graphical user interfaces to the world of product design. From 1992-2000 at Interval Research, he directed the design and research for collaboration, tangibility and music. Since then, he was on the steering committee and taught at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea (2000–2005), and has worked at Stanford’s CCRMA as a part-time lecturer teaching courses in interaction design and input devices.
Dr. Celine Latulipe has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo in Canada. She is an Associate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the College of Computing and Informatics at UNC Charlotte.
Celine has long been fascinated by two-handed interaction in the real world, and the absence of it in the human-computer interface. She has developed numerous individual and collaborative multi-cursor interaction techniques and these have blossomed into an exploration of creative expression. Celine works on projects with choreographers, dancers, artists and theatre producers to better understand creative work in practice and how technology may play a role in supporting and evaluating creative work practices. Celine also researches methods for the measurement of creativity support of digital tools. Currently, Celine is the Principal Investigator on the Dance.Draw project, funded by an NSF CreativeIT grant.
Ken Friedman, is a seminal figure in Fluxus, an international laboratory for experimental art, architecture, design, literature, and music. He had his first solo exhibition in New York in 1966. He has also been involved with mail art, and he has written extensively about Fluxus and Intermedia. Friedman has edited several Fluxus publications and has been widely published in peer reviewed academic journals as well as in popular and small press publications. He has worked closely with other Fluxus artists and composers such as George Maciunas, Dick Higgins, and Nam June Paik, as well as collaborating with John Cage and Joseph Beuys. He was the general manager of Dick Higgins Something Else Press in the early 1970s.
In October 2007, he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Design at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. From 1994 to 2009, Friedman was professor in the Department of Culture, Communication, and Language at the Norwegian School of Management in Oslo, as well as at the Design Research Center at The Danish Design School in Copenhagen from 2003 to 2009. In the 1970s he was Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Contemporary Art, San Diego and during the mid-1980s he was President of the Art Economist Corporation in New York.