Keynote Speakers

Levent Burak Kara, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Future of Shapes: How does information and fabrication technologies change the way we design?

About the Speaker: Levent Burak Kara, Ph.D. Levent Burak Kara is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the founder of Visual Design and Engineering Laboratory. His research interests include computer-aided design, computer graphics, natural user interfaces and pattern recognition, with applications in industrial product design, automotive design, engineering education and bio-medical engineering. He is the recipient of National Science Foundation Career award and American Society of Mechanical Engineers Design Automation Society Young Investigator Award. At CMU, he teaches the Mechanical Engineering Senior Capstone Design course and the graduate level AI and Machine Learning for Engineering Design course. Kara has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Middle East Technical University, and an MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.




Kia Ng, University of Leeds, UK
Interactive Multimedia Systems and Multimodal Interfaces for Performing Arts

About the Speaker: Dr. Kia Ng, PhD, FBCS, FRSA, FIoD, CEng, CSci, is Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Research in Music (ICSRiM) at the University of Leeds. Kia is involved in several research domains including interactive multimedia, computer vision, document imaging, gestural interfaces, multimodal analysis, and computer music, in collaboration with many European and international organisations and individuals in the field. Large-scale projects include i-Maestro on technology-enhanced learning (coordinator), CASPAR on digital preservation and AXMEDIS on cross-media. Kia has over 200 publications and presented keynotes and invited lectures in over 33 countries. See http://www.kcng.org