Jean Vanderdonckt is Full Professor of Computer Science at Université catholique de Louvain (UCL, Belgium) where he is President of Louvain School of Management Research Institute (ILSM) and Head of the Louvain Interaction Laboratory (LiLab) since its creation in 1998. He holds a master and an aggregation in mathematics, a master in computer science and a PhD in Sciences from University of Namur. He has been Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University (2000), invited professor at Univ. of Fortaleza (2001), and permanent invited prof. at Polytechnic Univ. of Valencia. He has over 25 years of experience in research and development. Being ACM member since 1987, he is currently ACM and IEEE Senior Member, and member of ACM SIGCHI. He received several awards (e.g., the IBM Belgium Award in Computer Science in 1998, the ACM Service Award for Contributions to ACM in 2004, 2006, and 2010, the Brian Shackel Award in HCI in 2007, the ITEA Research Excellence Award in 2013) and fellowships (e.g., Fulbright-Hayes fellowship in 2000, NATO Advanced Fellowship in 2001). In 2000, he co-created and led BelCHI, the Belgian chapter of ACM SIGCHI (Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction). He is the current tenure holder of the IBM-UCL Chair in Strategic Management of Information Systems. He is currently co-editor-in-chief of Springer HCI Series. His work belongs to the discipline of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and relies on a formal model-based approach of user interfaces of an interactive system in order to guarantee its usability with respect to the end user in her context of use. It is intended to develop this interface according to a model-based, step-wise approach supported by a user interface description language. In addition to knowledge coming from software engineering, this work relies on and integrate explicitly knowledge from other disciplines such as: cognitive psychology, neurophysiology, and usability engineering. Jean has over 200 publications in international, peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He participated in several European projects, such as: FP4 Syrecos, FP5 Cameleon, FP6 Similar, FP7 Human, FP7 Selfman, FP7 Serenoa, and ITEA2 UsiXML (User Interface eXtensible Markup Language), involving 22 partners from 7 European countries. He researched with organizations like CAST, Brookhaven Nat. Lab., OASIS, and NIST in the US and with international standardization bodies (e.g., ISO, OMG, W3C, the COPRAS European initiative).
He gave the keynote address of the following conferences: Armenia’2013, IEEE RCIS’2012, SUI’2011, Interaccion’2010, ACM RoCHI’2008, Ergo-IA’2006, CAiSE’2005, UA’2004, IHC’2002, NIPO’2002, Tamodia’2002, and CAGUI’1993.
Marc Erich Latoschik
Marc st udied mathematics and computer sciences at the University of Paderborn, the New York Institute of Technology and the Bielefeld University. After several accompanying years in the computer business, he received his PhD in 2001 in the area of multimodal–gesture and speech–interaction for Virtual Reality. He headed the AI & VR Lab at the Bielefeld University until 2007, became professor for media informatics at the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) in Berlin, and founded the Intelligent Graphics Group at Bayreuth University in 2009. Marc holds the chair for human-computer interaction at Würzburg University since 2011. His work is interdisciplinary oriented towards human-computer interaction interconnecting real-time 3D graphics and simulation, virtual and augmented environments, Artificial Intelligence, and cognitive sciences.
Annelies Braffort est directrice de recherche au CNRS et responsable de l'équipe Modélisation et Traitement Automatique des Langues des Signes au LIMSI. Elle a étudié l'informatique à l'université Paris-Sud à Orsay et a obtenu sa thèse en 1996 et son habilitation à diriger les recherches en 2008, dans le domaine du traitement automatique des langues des signes (LS). Elle coordonne des projets de recherche pluridisciplinaires en informatique, en sciences du langage et du mouvement, qui sont centrés sur la production de ressources langagières, des études fondamentales sur le fonctionnement des LS, sa production et sa perception, ainsi que des études appliquées sur l'analyse par traitement d'images et la génération par l'animation de signeurs virtuels.
Annelies Braffort is Director of Research at CNRS and head of the Modelling and Automatic Processing of Sign Language at LIMSI. She studied computer science at Paris-Sud University in Orsay and obtained her PhD in 1996 and her ability to direct research in 2008 in the field of automatic sign language (SL) processing. She coordinates multidisciplinary research projects in computer science, linguistics and sciences of movement, which focus on the production of language resources, basic studies on the functioning of SL, its production and perception, and studies on analysis by image processing and the generation by animation of virtual signers.