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Think Next 2011 Speakers

Speakers

Meet the speakers of Best Ways to Think Next! An inspiring fast-paced presentation of technology, innovation and art. Thought provoking, novel ideas and demos that will encourage you to open your mind and Think Next.

  • Blaise Aguera
    Distinguished Engineer Microsoft

    Blaise Aguera
    Distinguished Engineer Microsoft

    Blaise Aguera y Arcas is the Architect of Bing Mobile and Places. He works in a variety of roles, from designer and prototype, to strategist. Blaise joined Microsoft when his startup company, Seadragon, was acquired by Microsoft's advanced R&D organization, Live Labs, in 2006. Shortly after the acquisition of Seadragon, Blaise directed his team in collaboration with the University of Washington and Microsoft Research, leading to the first public previews of Photosynth several months later.

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  • Eran Yariv
    Principal Development Manager, Bing Mobile Israel

    Eran Yariv
    Principal Development Manager, Bing Mobile Israel

    Eran is an engineering manager at the Microsoft Israel R&D Center, working in the Bing Mobile team. Prior to that Eran spent 3 years as the dev manager of the ILDC Innovation Labs. Before the innovation labs, Eran spent 4 years in Redmond working in the core-O/S network security team as the dev manager, shipping Windows Firewall and IPsec in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
    Eran is a Microsoft veteran with over 12 years of experience shipping Microsoft products both in and out of the Windows operating system, with a special focus on networking and security technologies.
    Eran holds a B.Sc in computer science from the Technion. Eran is also a self-proclaimed gadgets and tech freak with a weakness to XBOX360 games and robotics.

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  • Gregory W. Harper
    President of Harpervision Associates

    Gregory W. Harper
    President of Harpervision Associates

    Gregory W. Harper is President of Harpervision Associates, a firm dedicated to the development and implementation of cutting edge technology for businesses purposes.
    He is also co-founder of Gadgetoff, an invitation-only event in New York City that gathers leading science and technology innovators. Mr. Harper is currently focusing on wireless personal information devices, mobile phones, the next generation of ultra high definition (4K) telepresence and collaborative systems, 3D TV, distance learning, digital distribution of media, and rich media. As senior advisor to Panasonic, Mr. Harper is working on the LIHD life lab initiative as well as 3D. He is a long time advisor to leading Wall Street investment banks, helping them deploy worldwide rich media and collaborative systems as well as providing research information on cutting edge technologies. Mr. Harper is Senior Strategic Advisor to the Chairman of Trans World Entertainment, where he has been a key player in the development of the company’s digital media strategies. As designer of systems ranging from telepresence and distance learning to digital media production systems, Mr. Harper has been awarded sixteen U.S. patents. He serves on the board of the Institute of Audio Research, IAR, and on the board of Troxell Communications. Mr. Harper is a frequent speaker at major conferences worldwide on next generation media and technology trends. He is a regular contributor to ABC News Now You Know and is the HD Answerman on the Panasonic Living in High Definition website.

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  • Dr. Guy Hoffman
    Assistant Professor, School of Communication IDC Herzliya / Co-director, IDC Media Innovation Lab.

    Dr. Guy Hoffman
    Assistant Professor, School of Communication IDC Herzliya / Co-director, IDC Media Innovation Lab.

    Dr. Guy Hoffman is Assistant Professor in the School of Communication of IDC Herzliya, and co-director of the IDC Media Innovation Lab. Before, he was a research fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology and MIT. Dr. Hoffman holds a Ph.D from MIT in the field of human-robot interaction, and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from Tel Aviv University. He also studied animation at Parsons School of Design in NYC. His research deals with human-machine and human-robot interaction, and he studies the relationships between technology, design, communication, and data. He won several academic awards for his papers, has staged the first human-robot joint theater play, and developed a robotic musician that improvises with human players, to wide international acclaim. His research and design work has been awarded numerous awards, and covered in the international press, including CNN, The New York Times, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Science, and even Comedy Central.
    Guy will show his work on socially intelligent robots using nonverbal communication: the silent language of the body spoken by humans and machines alike. He will cover different robots of different forms and capabilities, and will show what new kinds of relationships to machines are possible in todays world of sensors and motors.

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  • Mayumana

    Mayumana

    Mayumana is a multicultural group, established in 1996 un Tel Aviv. This international group developed a unique language and theatrical expression based on blends of skills, music, movement. rhythm, visual effects and above all - creativity and humor.
    The masterful performerce Of Mayumana come from different fields of arts and maintain their unique voices within the creative project, for the creators of Mayumana in their newest show, Momentum, technology is another tool in the creative process. The goal is to maximize the theatrical experience of our audience and have fun creating it. Momentum is based on a precisely timed dialogue between sophisticated technologies, special effects, the wild imagination of its creators and the virtuosic talent of its performers. Momentum’s technical team works just as hard as the performers on stage, bringing additional creative dimensions to the show.

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