Get ready for REAL 2016 by taking a look back at last year’s ground breaking summit. The inaugural year of REAL was an amazing exploration of the convergence of 3d sensing, making & visualization. Relive and experience leading designers, artists, entrepreneurs & educators discussing the latest innovations in this 3D revolution.
On 2 stages, over 40 global leaders from art to architecture, engineering to entertainment, heritage to health, manufacturing to media, and sports to science will explore the frontiers of this rapidly evolving domain. From focused real-world case studies to pioneering research, future directions, and policy debates, presentations will span scales from the very small (mm), to human (meters), and the very large (km).
Carl Bass is president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. Bass co-founded Ithaca Software, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993. Since joining the company, he has held several executive positions including chief technology officer and chief operations officer. Bass serves on the boards of directors of Autodesk, Quirky and E2open; on the board of trustees of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; and on the advisory boards of Cornell Computing and Information Science, UC Berkeley School of Information and UC Berkeley College of Engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cornell University. Bass is a maker and spends his spare time building things—from chairs and tables to boats, and most recently, an electric go-kart.
Interested in inventing new methods to construct and manipulate biological molecules at the nanometer scale, Shawn Douglas is an Asst. Professor in Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He earned a B.S. in Computer Science at Yale in 2003, and then a Ph.D. in Biophysics at Harvard in 2009, working in the laboratories of William Shih and George Church. He continued at Harvard as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and recently started his own lab at UCSF. He was named as one of Popular Science magazine’s “Brilliant 10” in 2012 and holds a Career Award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.
Neil Hrushowy is the manager of the City Design Group in the San Francisco Planning Department. The City Design Group provides urban design services for the City of San Francisco, combining the disciplines of city planning, architecture and landscape architecture. Its responsibilities include placemaking, design review, design innovation, urban design policy, and research, with a portfolio that ranges from the micro-scale of the parklet to the neighborhood-wide scale of a public realm plan. Recent projects include the redesign of Castro Street, Jefferson Street and Mission Street; public realm plans for Haight-Ashbury and the Dog Patch Neighborhood; and the installation of temporary plazas on Annie Alley and Persia Triangle. New initiatives include the Market Street Prototyping Festival, which has brought a competitive, crowd-sourced design approach to San Francisco’s most important public space. The City has partnered with the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to work with the city’s artists, designers and maker community to find new ways to enliven Market Street. Throughout its work, the City Design Group emphasizes a human-focused design that builds upon how people perceive and use public space, while taking advantage of San Francisco’s spectacular natural setting. This philosophy extends to both the public realm and the design of buildings that frame it.
From her first visit to the Turkana Basin when she was just weeks old, to her most publicized one (on March 19, 2001 when she and a group of scientists led by her mother Dr. Meave Leakey unearthed the skull of Kenyanthropus platyops), Louise Leakey has been a part of the annual expeditions to the field. As the youngest of Leakey fossil-hunters, Louise has been true to her family legacy with her adventurous spirit, ambitious research, and unwavering focus on the advancement of science and our understanding of human origins and evolution.
Louise recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of London, and now heads the Koobi Fora Research Project. With her characteristic vigour she is currently working to transform the Koobi Fora Research Camp into a year-round research station on the shores of Lake Turkana. She and her team hope to produce dramatic new finds in the coming years. Like her parents, Richard and Meave Leakey, and her grandparents, the pre-eminent Louis and Mary Leakey, Louise focuses her study on the evolution of early human ancestors. Particularly interesting to her is the period between 2 million years ago and 1.5 mya. At this time, the hominid fossil record shows considerable diversity in species and morphology. Many questions still beg to be answered, especially with regards to the origins of Homo, our own genus.
Through a rigorous process of searching, excavation, paleoecological and geological analysis, and a little bit of paleoanthropological intuition, Louise, along with Meave, has precisely pinpointed regions within the 1200 square kilometre area of East Turkana that will most likely produce the answers to questions raised about this critical period in human evolution.
Jay W. Freeland is the President and CEO of FARO Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: FARO) the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement, imaging and realization technology. The company’s products are used by customers in more than 50 countries and serve a diverse range of industries such as aerospace, automotive, architecture, engineering, construction, forensics and gaming. In 2013 FARO was named to Fortune’s Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies. Jay started his career at GE and over the course of nearly 13 years he held roles of increasing responsibility across multiple GE business units. He has been featured on CNBC and Fox Business News.
Ken Mooyman is president of Leica Geosystems NAFTA (www.leica-geosystems.us), where he leads Leica Geosystems’ business in North and Central America. During his time prior to and at Leica Geosystems, Mooyman has been a meaningful contributor to mainstreaming the revolutionary technologies of global positioning systems and High Definition Surveying (HDS). His education and field experience in surveying provides him the knowledge of both technical issues and business environments that enables him to guide the company in providing innovative solutions to surveying, engineering and construction challenges.
Eduardo Falcon is Executive Vice President and General Manager of Topcon Positioning Systems, and leads the GeoPositioning Solutions business globally. Eduardo has been with Topcon since 1997 where he has held a variety senior management positions from product development and engineering to sales and business development. Prior to Topcon, Eduardo taught Surveying & Geodesy at both Penn State University and The Ohio State University. Mr. Falcon holds an MBA from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business, an MS in Satellite Geodesy from The Ohio State University, and an MS in Civil Engineering, Geodesy & Geophysics from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. His unique combination of technical and business experience makes him uniquely qualified to not only identify the technological trends in the geospatial industry, but help craft business strategies to drive productization of these technologies and drive market adoption.
Senior Vice President
Information Modeling and Platform Products Group (IPG), Autodesk
As Senior Vice-President of the IPG Product group, Amar Hanspal leads Autodesk’s development of solutions for designers and engineers in all industries. He oversees the company’s core cloud platform – Autodesk 360 – and the full range of Building Information Modeling products for the AEC Industry including Revit and InfraWorks. He is also responsible for the Reality Capture and AutoCAD product families.
Prior to his current role, Hanspal was Senior Vice President, Platform Solutions and Emerging Businesses. He joined Autodesk in 1987 and has served in a variety of roles including VP of Autodesk Collaboration Solutions. Hanspal holds a master’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Bombay.
Prior to Autodesk, Hanspal was the co-founder and VP of Marketing of RedSpark Inc., a startup focused on building a collaborative product development system for the discrete manufacturing industry. Hanspal holds a master’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Bombay.
Sylvester Lee is a marine scientist, science communicator and photographer. He has led projects in a variety of locations including Bahamas, Palau, Hawaii, Maldives, and Solomon Islands. When Lee was with the US National Park Service, he helped develop and conduct projects focused on long term water quality, coral reef, freshwater stream, and endangered species monitoring in remote locations across the Pacific including Molokai, Maui, Big Island, Oahu, Saipan, and Guam. Lee is also a member of a proof of concept project mapping the USS Arizona in 3D for the first time in over 30 years using a combination of this LIDAR, SONAR, and photogrammetry (http://www.pcworld.com/video/35041/uss-arizona-memorial-at-pearl-harbor-gets-digital-makeover.html).
An award winning photographer, Lee combined his passion for photography and experience from the USS Arizona project to pioneer new methods of coral reef monitoring utilizing photogrammetry and Autodesk’s latest 3D software to create ultra-high resolution, interactive 3D computer models of corals for revolutionary scientific and educational tools. In 2014 he founded a 501(c)3 nonprofit, The Hydrous, a collection of scientists, artists, and educators striving to communicate marine science through innovative and interactive visualizations (www.thehydro.us). Their work has been featured in a TEDx talk and WIRED Magazine in the UK and US (March 2015 edition). While preparing for PhD pursuits later this year, Lee is now devoting all of his time towards an epic quest to capture all of the world’s coral reefs in interactive 3D.
Professor Sarah Kenderdine researches at the forefront of interactive and immersive experiences for museums and galleries. In the last 10 years Kenderdine had produced over 60 exhibitions and installations for museums worldwide. In these installation works, she has amalgamated cultural heritage with new media art practice, especially in the realms of interactive cinema, augmented reality and embodied narrative.
Sarah concurrently holds the position of Professor, National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA), University of New South Wales Art | Design (2013—) and Special Projects, Museum Victoria, Australia (2003—). She is Adjunct Prof. and Director of Research at the Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualization and Embodiment (ALiVE), City University of Hong Kong and Adjunct Prof. at RMIT.
Recent books include: PLACE-Hampi: Inhabiting the Panoramic Imaginary of Vijayanagara, Heidelberg: Kehrer Verlag, 2013 and Theorizing Digital Cultural Heritage: a critical discourse, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2007.
In 2014, she was awarded the Australian Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS) Prize for Distinctive Work: the Pure Land projects. In 2013, the International Council of Museum Award (Australia) and the Australian Arts in Asia Awards Innovation Award for: the PLACE-Hampi Museum, India. Others include: Tartessos Prize 2013 for contributions to virtual archaeology worldwide and, the Digital Heritage International Congress & IMéRA Foundation Fellowship (Aix-Marseille University) 2013.
Ben Davis is one of the lucky ones who found a way to blend personal passion and profession. Determined to work on projects that had “meaning,” he cut his professional teeth as the manager of public information on the $4b Boston Harbor Cleanup Project. In 1994, he moved to San Francisco and started an award-winning creative communications firm that specialized in working on mega-projects that leave a long-lasting positive legacy. He has named, branded, and led communications on infrastructure projects totaling more than $15b in civic investments. He is the visionary behind The Bay Lights project and is now the founder and CVO of Illuminate the Arts.
Jacob Hockett is a metrology expert specializing in the aerospace quality industry. He began his career at Janicki Industries as a metrologist. There he developed process and inspections standards, honed his skills for using a variety of quality hardware and software, and worked closely with Boeing to certify manufacturing processes as compliant with Boeing’s quality standards. During this time, he also began his relationship with NASA and Northrop Grumman as a consultant for quality control relating to various aspects of the James Webb Space Telescope, among other projects.
After five years at Janicki, Jacob transitioned to Metris where he continued to expand his knowledge of the tools of the metrology trade, created inspection plans and guidelines for different client companies, set up global dimensioning and tolerancing for aerospace tooling inspections, and also developed new optical technologies for measurement.
After Metris (Now Nikon), Jacob started a successful metrology business, Vesper, working with General Electric on quality control in wind turbine manufacturing. Next, at Verisurf, he helped develop and distribute the Verisurf quality inspection software. During his time at Verisurf, Jacob continued his consulting work with NASA, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, General Atomics, Boeing, and other aerospace clients relating to development of and compliance with manufacturing quality standards on a wide range of projects. Based on his familiarity with the necessities of the quality industry, Jacob has now founded his new company, Minds Mechanical, to create solutions for quality both in and beyond the aerospace industry.
Eythor Bender is an innovation and business leader in robotics, bionics and prosthetics. He is the CEO of UNYQ, a company using 3D printing to bring fashion and choice to amputees. Prior, he was the CEO of Ekso Bionics, where he unveiled the prototype for the wearable robot Ekso, which enables wheelchair users to stand and walk. He took the company from an R&D lab to a nimble commercial enterprise that recently went public. Before that, Eythor served as president of Ossur, the Icelandic designer of non-invasive lower limb technologies, and grew the company over 13 years from a start up to a global, publicly traded organization with over 1,600 employees.
Stuart Brown set up 3D Engineers with one primary aim: to prove that modern computer techniques could be utilised to save car restorers, enthusiasts and manufacturers considerable time, money and aggravation whilst improving the quality of the final product. And it does; time and time again.
A few years after having his own entirely different business in London, Stuart moved to the country and started 3D Engineers (initially known as Whitney Paine) in 2007. After a couple of years he decided, with guidance from his wife, that it really wasn’t a great help for describing what the business actually did, and hit upon the name 3D Engineers instead. This is one that will stick.
The business set about proving that modern technology could beautifully complement traditional ways of working and Stuart set himself the task, with 100% passion but no existing knowledge, of digitising the iconic Bugatti T35 Grand Prix car. Initially, it would be fair to say, sceptically, The Bugatti Trust in Gotherington UK, sold him a couple of plans to start this task.
Thereby started the quest that became an obsession to not only recreate the whole car in 3D but also to self-teach himself CAD (computer aided design) in order to do it. Stuart’s first forays into software were guided by the experiences of friends and family, with a lot of soul searching on the Internet to back up his investments in scarily priced computer tools, but as his knowledge and demands of the software grew, he diverted into other offerings which gave a whole new world of possibility into what he could achieve. Significant personal sacrifices were also made in the pursuit of hardware and gadgetry to produce the best possible results in his work. Along the way he took professional qualifications in the software (Solidworks Professional status [A Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP) is an individual who has successfully passed our advanced skills examination. Each CSWP has proven their ability to design and analyze parametric parts and moveable assemblies using a variety of complex features in SolidWorks software.]) and studied for a degree in Mechanical Engineering to expand and accredit his knowledge, also beginning a business link supporting engineering within the University.
The Bugatti project was completed over several years of hard slog and Stuart, with true entrepreneurial confidence and spirit, began to talk about his achievements and the application of what he had done to the classic car world. Soon he achieved his first commission and the ball started to roll.
Starting with more reverse engineering projects, including producing 3D plans from 2D plans, correcting other CAD designers work and creating 3D plans from objects, he then met a man looking to build his own bespoke car, with just a few ideas about how it should and shouldn’t look to go on. Enjoying a challenge, Stuart took on the project and a few months later, the Mitchell Special Mk II was born (see more on the portfolio page of the website 3dengineers.co.uk).
From that day, 3D Engineers has gone from strength to strength with projects around the world, from the UK to close-by France and further afield to the USA, New Zealand and South Africa, either travelling to see clients or welcoming them to his UK base. These days projects still include the original reverse engineering, plus significant use of 3D scanning to aid particularly in restoration and preservation work and meaty amounts of bespoke design where he will produce a (car) body to your liking. Although the speciality remains car-focussed, work has also included jewellery and building projects, including staircases and detailed fretwork.
Stuart can count amongst his clients some of the more famous names and vehicles in the car world, but equally importantly, many an enthusiast or private collector and small company looking to embrace the opportunity that 3D Engineers offers with its work. In fact this is one of the factors that led him to winning the Innovation Award at the inaugural International Historic Motoring Awards (HMRA) in 2011. On the back of that, several high profile projects and sheer hard work, 3D Engineers owner, Stuart Brown, has worked ceaselessly and tirelessly to further build his business both in the UK and across the world and was again recognised by the HMRA with a shortlisting in the category Specialist of the Year at the 2014 awards.
Stuart has always had a passion for cars, and has definitely had more of them than some people have had the proverbial number of hot dinners, but this knowledge and experience, together with a vast database of information and contacts worldwide, gives him a leading edge and intrinsic knowledge of shape and form that helps him to style his projects perfectly. And when he’s not working on the latest set of projects, you’ll probably find him with his family at a car show or event on a busman’s holiday!
3D Engineers’ work embraces historic motoring at its core, preserving it for years to come through laser 3D scan and immersive 3D photo recording, recreating its successes by bringing new life to old designs using computer aided design (CAD) techniques and reverse engineering, and finally creating new designs with historic design influences for the enthusiasts of today to build and drive.
Mike Whaley has over thirty years of experience in the Architectural and Construction industry. Today he is President of TURIS Systems, LLC a technology consulting company for contractors, design professionals and owners. His background in every aspect of the A/E/C industry gives him a uniquely qualified perspective on the future of our industry(s). Over the last eight years, his visionary guidance and direction has empowered his team to the forefront of technology. Now his focus is on the implementation of Reality Capture and BIM and as always, what is next? In the last 18 months, he has spoken on a variety of topics about the future of technology implementation from New Zealand and Australia to North America and Ireland. In addition, he has published multiple articles on these topics and been the contributing author to two books on BIM.
With senior leadership roles spanning the United Nations to Silicon Valley and academia, Lon Addison has over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, research, and management of information technology in heritage & the architecture, design & engineering, the arts & environment, and more. An advisor to technology ventures, non-profits, and governments, he has guided research in New Media/Virtual Reality as founding Director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Design Visualization, built up 3D laser scanning pioneer Cyra Technologies at its VP, and reformed online knowledge and communications as Director for External Relations & Information at UNESCO, the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Lon has led tech startups in areas from reality capture and 3D imaging, to biometric security and media delivery, and has built strategic relations and multi-million-dollar alliances with partners from Apple to Google, Panasonic to Nokia, and governments across the globe. The architect of UNESCO’s social media strategy and award-winning World Heritage web, he designed Microsoft/IDRC’s Telecentre portal, a UN-wide conservation treaty knowledge bank and more. In the cultural arena he has led field projects at heritage sites from Angkor (Cambodia) to Bagan (Myanmar), the Scottish Highlands to France’s Loire Valley, Peru to Egypt, and Belize to Bhutan.
He serves as President of the Int’l Virtual Systems and Multimedia Society, VP of the ICOMOS Int’l Scientific Committee for Interpretation & Presentation, Co-Chair of the DigitalHeritage Federation, and on the boards of multiple philanthropies, non-profits, and academic journals. He is the author/editor of over 50 books/papers, including “Disappearing World” (HarperCollins, 2007-09) published to acclaim in 9 languages. With degrees in engineering, architecture and computing from Princeton and the University of California at Berkeley, he has lectured at universities from Oxford to Tokyo, Dresden to Cairo, and Yale to Rome, and currently serves as Adjunct Professor in Design at OCAD University and Guest Professor in the Lemaire Centre for Conservation at KU Leuven.
Marc Pollefeys is a full professor in the Dept. of Computer Science of ETH Zurich since 2007. Before that he was on the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He obtained his PhD from the KU Leuven in Belgium in 1999. His main area of research is computer vision, but he is also active in robotics, machine learning and computer graphics. Dr. Pollefeys has received several prizes for his research, including a Marr prize, an NSF CAREER award, a Packard Fellowship and a European Research Council Starting Grant. He is the author or co-author of more than 240 peer-reviewed publications. He was the general chair of ECCV 2014 and a program chair for CVPR 2009 and is a fellow of the IEEE.
Pete is a media-friendly technologist with more than 20 years of experience combining measurement, modeling, visualization, simulation, and analysis technologies into creative solutions and then communicating those solutions to a broad audience. In his career Pete has founded a global technical services company, and worked for Autodesk, Inc. as a Worldwide Technical Evangelist, Technical Account Manager, and, most recently, as Strategic Projects Executive focusing on integrating technical solutions into multibillion dollar projects.
Chris Anderson is the CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. From 2001 through 2012 he was Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine. Prior to Wired he was with The Economist for seven years in London, Hong Kong and New York.
Chris is the author of the New York Times bestselling books The Long Tail and Free as well as the new Makers: The New Industrial Revolution.
Awards include: Editor of the Year by Ad Age (2005). Named to the “Time 100,” the newsmagazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world (2007). Loeb Award for Business Book of the Year (2007). Wired named Magazine of the Decade by AdWeek (2009). Time Magazine’s Tech 40 — The Most Influential Minds In Technolgy (2013). Foreign Policy Magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers (2013)
He also founded GeekDad, BookTour and a few other companies now lost in the mists of time.
Chris’ background is in science, starting with studying physics and doing research at Los Alamos and culminating in six years at the two leading scientific journals, Nature and Science.
In his self-described “misspent youth (more of my twenties than I should admit)” he was a bit player in the DC punk scene and amusingly, a band called REM. You can read more about that here.
He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and five children.
William Kreysler is founder and CEO of Kreysler & Associates (K&A), a custom molder of fiber reinforced products located in Napa County. K&A has won awards for excellence in the manufacture of Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) architectural products, industrial products, and large-scale sculptures. The firm has customers throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Before founding K&A in 1982, Mr. Kreysler was Executive VP and Production Manager for the Performance Sailcraft Corporation (PSC), Northern California’s largest manufacturer of sailboats at the time. During his 10 years at PSC he managed the production and distribution of over 12,000 sailboats in 3 models.
Mr. Kreysler has degrees in English and History from CSU San Diego. Business-related outside activities have included chair of the Napa Valley Workforce Investment Board, President, of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), Director of the SPI (Society of the Plastics Industries) Composites Institute, and chair of ACMA Architectural Products Division, publisher of the Guide Specifications and Recommended Practices for FRP Architectural Products and more recently IBC (International Building Code) section 2612 defining allowable uses of FRP in construction. He is a founding member and President of the Digital Fabrication Network and sits on the board of the San Francisco Sailing Foundation. Non-business-related interests include sailboat racing and past service on the St. Francis Yacht Club Board of Directors and Executive Race Committees.
Robert Shear is Sr. Director and GM of the Reality Solutions group at Autodesk. Robert previously led industry strategy and business development for the Engineering Services market segment (Autodesk’s largest), and served as product and marketing lead for the Plant Solutions Group growing revenue over 5000% in four years from $600k to $38M. Prior to Autodesk, Robert led product management and market development for Dust Networks, a leader in wireless sensing networks for industrial applications, and Blue Titan Software, a pioneer in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) management software. Robert started his career designing and deploying offshore research equipment with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Robert holds a BS in physics from UC San Diego, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow, and an MBA from UC Berkeley where he was probably the first, and last, student to arrive with a full version of Matlab (which never got used).
Tim Zaman (1988) received his BSc degree in mechanical engineering and a MSc degree in biorobotics from the Delft University of Technology, where he specialized in computer vision. For his thesis he developed a 3D scanner for paintings that simultaneously captures color and topography. This scanner has recently been used to replicate the (2 square metre big) Jewish Bride by Rembrandt yielding a 3D pointcloud containing over a billion points. He is currently a part-time PhD student at the Delft University of Technology, developing novel imaging systems for cultural heritage.
Bruce Beasley is one of the United States most prominent sculptors. In 1962 The Museum of Modern Art in New York acquired one of Beasley’s sculptures making him the youngest artist ever to be included in their permanent collection. In 1963, he won the purchase prize in the Paris Biennale, the world’s most prestigious international exhibition.
Since that time Beasley has had his sculptures included in the permanent collection of 33 art museums around the world. He has had over 55 solo exhibitions in the US and abroad and has been included in hundreds of important group exhibitions. He has represented the United States in numerous international Biennale exhibitions and world fairs. Beasley has done 35 monumental sculpture commissions in the United States and abroad. Including sculptures for the Beijing Olympic Games and the Shanghai world expo. He has just completed a large granite sculpture for the city of Palo Alto, and he currently has a solo exhibition of 5 large sculptures on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley.
Alvise Simondetti, registered architect in Milan, Italy, has been formally educated in architecture, town planning, conservation, and computation. He believes that successful design cannot be separated from tools. He is a graduate of Turin Polytechnic, a Fulbright Scholar, and a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the supervision of Prof. William J. Mitchell. In 1997 he was assistant professor of the school of design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, with Professor John Frazer. In 2000, he joined the global design powerhouse Arup on the research and development team under the direction of Dr. Chris Luebkeman. He is an associate in the Foresight, Research and Innovation team, leads the global Digital Environments NeXt_work within the firm. He is responsible for the business development of real-time synthetic environments.
Jason S. Hallett is Vice President of Global Product Management of Topcon Positioning Group. He has been employed by Topcon since 2007, and he has been involved in the precise positioning industry for over 26 years. Mr. Hallett’s main responsibilities include leading the global product management teams that define and drive the development of Topcon’s mobile, office, web service, GNSS, and automated machine guidance products, for the surveying, construction, and agriculture markets. Mr. Hallett has been a licensed California Professional Land Surveyor since 1999, holds a B.S. degree in Management, and holds an A.A. degree in Business.
Steve Rommel has worked in the automotive industry for almost 10 years amongst other things as the head of R&D. He transferred to Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart in 2008 where he is leading a research group focusing on additive manufacturing, focusing on non-metal based technologies and its industrial application. The group is focusing on new materials, their processing, the required equipment as well as new applications in the hybrid area (Combining other high tech with AM).
Roman Hasenbeck is the Managing Director at Metaio, Inc. in San Francisco, California. He joined Metaio in 2009, and focused his talents on the European market while based in Metaio’s headquarters in Germany. Roman now oversees the San Francisco-based U.S. business operations of the world’s leading Augmented Reality company. He is an Augmented Reality evangelist and is frequently speaking at conferences throughout the US. Prior to working at Metaio, he held positions at KPMG Advisory and also worked at Egon Zehnder International. Roman holds a Master of Science in Management and Economics from University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.
Austen J. Heinz is CEO of Cambrian Genomics. Cambrian Genomics makes the first hardware/systems for laser printing DNA. Presently, researchers in academia and industry order or clone greater than $1 billion/year of DNA. Cambrian Genomics plans to deliver high quality sequence verified DNA to buyers in this existing/growing worldwide market.
Nelson Aguilar, a California Licensed Land Surveyor, works for the State of California at the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in the San Francisco Bay Area. He manages the Field Survey Group that provides surveying services to a majority of the State transportation projects in the Bay Area. Nelson has also been one of the leaders at Caltrans for implementing LiDAR technologies and 3D products. His accomplishments include the LiDAR as-builts of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the Devils Slide Tunnel. Nelson along with Rebecca Boyer, are currently piloting Virtual, Design and Construction projects in the counties of Santa Clara and San Francisco as part of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Highways for LIFE grant program. Nelson is also a member of FHWA’s Technical Working Groups for the Every Day Counts 2 and 3 initiatives on 3D Engineered Models for Construction. He received his BA in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. “I believe the best way to create value for the traveling public is by collaborative public & private efforts.”
Mark Yahiro is the Managing Director, New Business for Perceptual Computing. Focusing on compelling, natural, human-to-machine experiences across all devices: phones, tablets, PC’s, TV’s, etc. Responsible for all strategic business initiatives including new business models, licensing, investment, and M&A. Key areas of focus include 3D imaging, voice and speech, biometrics, emotion recognition, augmented reality, and associated technologies. Key deliverables include natural, intuitive and immersive experiences, Intel RealSense SDK technologies, $1M developer contest, and marquee partnerships for go-to-market solutions. Mark is also an executive staff member of both the Perceptual Computing Group and the Client Computing Group at Intel.
Prior to Intel, Mark has led start-ups and held senior management positions at large technology companies throughout his career. He started out as a lead technical engineer at AT&T Bell Laboratories developing one of the first graphics terminals. Mark also secured the first commercial license of the Mosaic browser leading to the first graphical transaction on the Internet with PizzaHut. He was part of the founding team at Hitachi’s PC division in the U.S. which grew to become the 7th largest notebook manufacturer in 1996. Mark also launched the first simulcast of a network television and Internet show for “The Tonight Show” using 3D character technology developed by his company.
Chris, currently Director for Global Foresight + Research + Innovation at Arup, is an eternal optimist. His insatiable curiosity is reflected in his education as a geologist, structural engineer and architect. Formal education coupled with a background culture of creativity, inspired by a grandfather who was an inventor, frames a unique foundation to help people and organizations pause to think about the world they are creating.
Chris has been described by the Guardian as the “Willy Wonka of the built environment, conjuring up dreams of a future where we can cure our ills through faith, physics and forethought”, and was listed as one of the ten future speculators and shapers “Who will change the Way we live”, in Wallpaper Magazine. He spends half of his time travelling the world observing the faces and facets
of change. He is an active participant in conferences ranging in scope from TED to WEF; a keynote speaker on topics relating to the future to small corporate breakfast briefings. He is fascinated by the world we live in and is insatiably curious. Chris’ small global team is working with some of the world’s leading companies to develop a better understanding of the opportunities created by change in our built environment.
Jonathan Knowles serves as a senior advisor to the CEO and CTO at Autodesk. He explores the frontier of beyond the horizon technologies, provides insight on the evolving role of design-driven innovation, and conducts fieldwork to help solve some of the world’s most complex problems. He is a creative thinker who researches the intersections between technology and global trends, bringing the arts, science and technology together, and connecting people and ideas.
A respected voice on future trends, long-range vision, and creating the preferred future, he advises Fortune Global 500 senior executives, government leaders, and tier-one academics around the world. His expertise keeps him in dialog with designers, engineers, scientists, educators, and others seeking to imagine, design, and create a better world.
Prior to joining Autodesk, Knowles held senior positions at Adobe and Apple.
Greg Downing: specializes in image-based 3D technologies and computational photography techniques for immersive environments. He has worked developed and executed Photographic/CGI workflows for a number of Fulldome, VR, and feature film productions while President at xRez Studio. His work can be seen in museums such as Ars Electronica, the American Natural History Museum and the Computer History Museum. His IMAX and Fulldome work has won or been nominated for awards at Jackson Hole Film Festival, with the VES society, and the 4K film festival. He has worked on notable visual effects films such as “I am Legend”, “Spiderman 3″ and “Narnia”. Recent work includes an immersive installation for Björk and a VR/fulldome film with Ai Weiwei.
Jon Amdur is Vice President at AECOM and Manager of the company’s Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) global program. AECOM has 100,000 employees in 150 countries and is one of the world’s largest engineering consulting firms. Jon has a background in the biological sciences, engineering, and construction management. His focus has been on looking at how UAS can improve the speed, accuracy, and safety of data collection all while reducing costs and connecting those capabilities with the needs of industry. Throughout his career, Jon has been a proponent of using technology to improve data collection and looked for ways that technological solutions in one industry could provide benefits in another. He previously worked at USEPA, the Port of Oakland and URS Corp. He has managed numerous large and complex transportation and goods movement projects including railway, seaport and airport development projects.
David Lang is a co-founder of OpenROV, a community of citizen ocean explorers and creators of low-cost underwater robots. He is also the co-founder of OpenExplorer, a platform for connected exploration. He is the author of Zero to Maker, where he chronicled his journey from under-skilled beginner to manufacturing entrepreneur and ocean explorer.
He is a TED Senior Fellow and a member of NOAA’s Ocean Exploration Advisory Board.
Stuart Woods has over two decades of technology-based management experience, working with prestigious start-ups and private and publicly traded entities to improve processes, develop products, and create market leadership. Most recently, Woods was executive vice-president and general manager with Velodyne where he played an integral role in expanding Velodyne’s High-Definition LiDAR sensors into consumer mobile mapping and autonomous mining. With a genuine passion for value creation, Woods has held various management positions with prominent photonics companies that included Coherent Inc, SPI Lasers. Cisco Systems, Pirelli, Alcoa Fujikura, and Sumitomo Electric. Woods received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from North Carolina State University in 1989. Today, Woods leads Leica Geosystems’ mobile products business unit.
Mark is CEO and co-founder of TechShop and a recognized leader in the global maker movement. Under his leadership, TechShop revenue grew 20-fold in five years and multiple new locations have opened across the US. Mark has held executive positions at firms including Kinko’s, Avery Dennison, and Health Net. In 2013, his book The Maker Movement Manifesto was released by McGraw-Hill Education. He has been recognized by San Francisco Business Times as one of the Bay Area’s Most Admired CEOs and by Popular Mechanics as one of 25 movers and makers who are reinventing the American Dream. Mark has spoken at events such as SXSW, Techonomy, TEDx, and The Clinton Global Initiative. A former Green Beret, Mark holds an MBA from the Drucker Center at the Claremont Graduate University.
Artem Yukhin is one of the founders of Artec Group, a developer of professional 3D hardware and software and a global market leader in 3D handheld scanners. He set up the company in 2007 and currently serves as its CEO. He is a seasoned executive, entrepreneur, technology visionary and investor. He has over 16 years of experience in international executive management, startup development, product management and launch, human resources and fundraising. His expertise in technology is reflected in 19 patents and patent applications in electronics, optics and algorithm engineering. He holds a Master of Science degree in Optical Engineering & Computer Vision from Moscow Bauman State Technical University and a postdoctoral appointment at the Infra Red Devices Lab of the Electronic & Laser Technology Institute of the Bauman University.
Prior to his current role, Yukhin was VP of Venture Capital at Troika Capital Partners, member of the Troika Dialog Group, the leading private investment bank of Russia. He is also an active angel investor in a number of promising startups. Before joining Troika Capital Partners, Artem served as Investment Advisor at several international venture capital firms.
Earlier in his career, he founded A4Vision Inc. (2001) and served as its Chief Technology Officer and Member of the Board of Directors. Together with Andrei Klimov, he invented 3D face recognition technology (1999), raised seed money and cultivated the technology from the idea stage to a worldwide recognized biometric solution that became an industry standard (ANSI, 2006). Yukhin put together an international team behind the world leading company in its field, created partnerships with leading technology vendors (Logitech, Motorola, Oracle, Sagem, Unisys, etc.) and helped the company raise approximately $30 million in financing.
Leslie Oliver Karpas is passionate about revolutionizing the world of design through 3D technology. His career has combined elements of architecture, robotics, holography, and industrial design; leveraging 10 years of experience with 3D printers, manufacturing engineering, and the use of parametric algorithms for the creation of complex one-off structures built with mechanized fabrication equipment. This has culminated in the creation of the medical device startup Metamason, where he leverages this experience with 3D technologies to create uniquely customized, user-oriented products via their ‘Scan Fit Print’ platform. The flagship product of which is Respere: on-demand, patient specific CPAP masks via 3D scanning & printing which are perfectly ergonomic, beautiful, and personalized.
David Benjamin is Founding Principal at architecture firm The Living and Assistant Professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. The Living explores the architecture of the future by building full-scale, functioning prototypes today. Our projects bring new technologies to life in the built environment, integrating design innovation, sustainability, and the public realm. We believe cities and buildings are living, breathing organisms. And in the context of rapid change and new urban challenges, we propose that design should be a living, breathing ecosystem. Within this design ecosystem, we work on multiple scales simultaneously. We anticipate and welcome rapid change. We embrace design with uncertainty, design with rules rather than fixed forms, and design with shifting and unknowable forces. Clients include the City of New York, Seoul Municipal Government, Nike, Prada, 3M, Airbus, Quantified Self, Miami Science Museum, Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, and Björk. Recent projects include the Princeton Architecture Laboratory (a new building for research on next-generation design and construction technologies), Pier 35 EcoPark (a 200-foot floating pier in the East River that changes color according to water quality), and Hy-Fi (a branching tower for the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 made of a new type of biodegradable brick). The Living was recently acquired by Autodesk.
Matt Bell, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Matterport
When Matt left Google’s research team at 22, he wanted to create environments in which people interact with computers in an intuitive, natural way. Matt founded Reactrix, where he formed the technology team and provided the key computer vision innovations behind the interactive floor displays that let millions of people play with virtual koi ponds and soccer balls. When Matt first saw Microsoft’s Kinect product, he recognized the huge spectrum of computer vision applications it could power. He chose to focus Matterport on building models of real things because of the potential to help millions of people communicate in 3D. When Matt isn’t rallying the team at Matterport, he likes to organize community hacking events. Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Stanford University.
Lieutenant Colonel Patrick C. Suermann, PhD, PE, LEED AP is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. After serving as a combat and stateside engineer, he earned his M.S. in Construction Management from Texas A&M University and subsequently taught computer courses for engineers in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the U.S. Air Force Academy. After successfully defending his dissertation and receiving his Ph.D. in Design, Construction, and Planning at the University of Florida as the first ever Rinker Scholar, Suermann deployed to Afghanistan to oversee nearly $1B in Air Force contingency construction. Later, he was the BIM SME, MILCON PM/Transformation Action Officer at the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment (now AFCEC) in San Antonio, TX. After a year as the Support Squadron Commander at Thule Air Base, Greenland; Lt Col Suermann returned to teaching at the Air Force Academy where he was appointed as Construction Division Chair in 2012 and promoted to Associate Professor in January, 2015.
Tom Greaves is the founder of SPAR Point Group which hosts the world’s largest conference on 3D scanning and was acquired in 2009. He joins DotProduct from CyArk where he held a position as Executive Director.
Tom is a very active volunteer and coach in various charitable institutions. He holds Physics and Business degrees from MIT, the University of British Columbia and Queens University.
Lance Filler is a retired US Air Force civil engineer with 30 years of experience in military construction. He played an integral role in the implementation of the GeoBase program, the Air Force’s Installation Geospatial Information and Services (IGI&S) capability comprised of digital mapping databases for over 250 Air Force installations worldwide. As the manager of the USAF’s Airfield Damage Repair (ADR) Program, one of the US Department of Defense’s highest priority programs, Lance is responsible for fielding capabilities to manage, maintain, and sustain airfield pavements from initial construction to recovery after attack; the largest component being recovery after attack. He is implementing remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS) technologies to perform the rapid assessment of airfield damage and keep Airmen out of harms way.
Michael Drobac helps clients from the technology and telecommunications sectors define public policy objectives, develop strategic messaging in support of those objectives and define and execute outreach strategies, advocating before Congress and federal agencies.
Mr. Drobac serves as executive director of The Small UAV Coalition, advocating for law and policy changes to permit the operation of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) beyond the line-of-sight for commercial, consumer, recreational and philanthropic purposes. As leader of the coalition, he proactively advocates for and engages members from more than 20 leading consumer and technology companies, including Airware, Amazon Prime Air, DJI, Google[x], GoPro, Parrot and 3DR, on matters related to research, development and production of UAVs.
Prior to Akin Gump, Mr. Drobac worked as head of government affairs for Netflix and the Online Publishers Association and served in a senior role at IAC/InterActiveCorp. He established and served as the first director of Netflix’s Washington, D.C. office. He also advocated before Congress and other federal agencies in support of policy objectives including net neutrality, interconnection access, privacy, accessibility rules, taxation and copyright issues, and represented the company in market expansion in Canada and Latin America.
Mr. Drobac served for nearly 10 years in the U.S. Senate as legislative assistant to former Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR); legislative counsel to former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX); and as legislative director to former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN).
Mr. Drobac also founded an Internet startup to address chronic disease through lead generation and gamification.
Mr. Drobac received a J.D. from University of Oregon School of Law, a LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Compliance, and a B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University.
Evan Walsh is a Development Engineer at the Coastal Observing Research and Development Center (CORDC) at The Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He explores and develops technologies to push the boundaries of global ocean sensing capabilities. He has experience with unattended sensor networks, autonomous vehicles, and remote sensing. used these technologies to assess the effects sea level rise, enhance storm forecasting, and conduct marine archeological searches. Evan has served on expeditions in Vietnam, Palau, and on numerous oceanographic research vessels.
Nicholas Williams is an architect and Research Fellow based at RMIT, Melbourne. He has studied and practiced in Melbourne, London and Zurich, winning a number of prizes for his design work. His work addresses ways in which architectural design can better connect with the industrial context of contemporary manufacturing. In particular this seeks expanded access to manufacturing technologies to enable design-led innovation. Current projects engage a series of industry partners and address robotic techniques for customised componentry, tuning architectural acoustics through design, and applications for large scale timber and additive manufacturing in construction.
Brian Pene is Director of Emerging Technology for the Office of the CTO and has been with Autodesk for more than 14 years, working in a variety of roles from Sr. Product Designer, Customer Solutions Expert and Technology Evangelist. His current role explores the intersection of emerging technologies and market trends to provide Autodesk with potential directions for innovative design, business, and technology solutions. Brian has more than 15 years of professional design and software engineering experience with research and projects including applications in augmented and mixed reality, real-time 3D visualization and simulation, virtual worlds, games-based learning tools, algorithmic design and data visualization. For all his job responsibilities at Autodesk, Brian believes that technology is just a tool; something that helps us get to where we need to go quickly and with more options to make better informed decisions.
Rick Rundell is a Technology and Innovation Strategist and Senior Director at Autodesk, where his leadership roles have included launching and evangelizing building information modeling (BIM), introducing conceptual design and environmental analysis tools, driving cloud and mobile solutions for construction, and developing a collaboration and data management portfolio for AEC. Rick joined Autodesk in 2002 with the acquisition of Revit Technology Corporation, where he was director of product marketing. A registered architect as well as a high-tech executive, Rick has taught at Tufts University and the Boston Architectural College; held a teaching fellowship at Harvard University; and served on the founding editorial board for ArchitectureBoston magazine. He is a LEED-accredited professional, and holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from Harvard University and a B.A in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College. He tweets on tech and industry trends—broadly defined—at @rcklr.
Amir is on a mission to 3D-ify the world. Before graduating from the University of Florida in 2003 with a degree in computer engineering, he co-founded Prioria Robotics with a few of his classmates. Following his robotics venture, he developed a stereo-vision system for weighing cattle based only on imagery and later joined Shadow Health to create a 3D simulation healthcare product. While exploring ancient castles in Scotland, Amir came up with a new idea to use 3D to capture spaces, share them with others and create new experiences. His current company, Paracosm, served as a development partner for Google’s Project Tango and is actively developing 3D-mapping technologies to enable immersive AR/VR experiences and provide machines with a human-scale understanding of the world…thus bringing forth the roboapocalypse.
Ronald Rael is the CEO and co-founder of the start-up company, Emerging Objects— a pioneering, creatively driven, MAKE-tank at the forefront of 3D printing architecture using innovative materials, and a partner of the creative practice, Rael San Fratello, with Virginia San Fratello. In 2014 Rael San Fratello was named an Emerging Voice by The Architectural League of New York—one of the most coveted awards in North American architecture. Their work explores architecture, art, culture, and the environment and Rael’s research and creative work transforms the practice of architecture into a cultural endeavor — one that is defiant, inventive and tied to contemporary issues. The work relies upon a deep understanding of place, and its inherent resources, and makes careful links between a broad spectrum of tools that come from manual, industrial and digital approaches to making architecture. He is also an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley with a joint appointment in the departments of Architecture and Art Practice where he is the Director of the PrintFARM — a printing facility for architecture, research and materials.
Atul Khanzode leads DPR Construction’s Consulting and Construction Technologies groups. In this role, Atul leads many strategic technology initiatives related to virtual design and construction (VDC), operations and preconstruction, and works on some of the key consulting engagements for DPR. Atul also works with DPR project teams across the world to implement VDC methods and lean construction processes.
Atul has worked on some of the most complex healthcare, biotech, and advanced technology projects for DPR Construction in the last 17 years. Atul has shared his extensive expertise in VDC and Lean methods with many organizations, including the Lean Construction Institute Design Forum, Design-Build Institute of America, Center for Integrated Facility Engineering at Stanford University, AIA California, Open BIM Forum in Sweden, San Jose State University Professional Development program, University of California Berkeley Professional Education Program, Autodesk University, Bentley Connect and other forums focused on exploring issues related to integration, lean construction and VDC around the world.
Atul earned his doctorate in construction engineering and management, focusing on integrated practice, VDC, and lean construction, at Stanford University’s Center for Integrated Facilities Engineering (CIFE). Atul also has a Masters degree in civil and environmental engineering from Duke University, and a post-masters Degree of Engineer in construction engineering and management from Stanford University.
Founder and CEO, eTrac Inc.
Specialtist in high resolution underwater mapping and marine electronics systems integration.
Based in San Rafael, CA, Seattle and Anchorage, Alaska.
Bastian Schaefer, born in 1980, is a maverick, kitesurfer, TED speaker, father of a boy and a girl and beside all of this automotive engineer. At Airbus he was involved in the design of In-Flight Entertainment and Cabin components for all aircraft programs. In 2009 he joined the Cabin Innovation department and was member of the project team who created the Airbus Concept Cabin with its mind-blowing bionic structure and transparent skin. Bastian is part of the “Airbus Bionic Network” and project leader of the Bionic Partition project, a joint-innovation project with Autodesk, TheLiving and APWorks, which was unveiled at Autodesk University 2015 in Las Vegas.
Designer Francis Bitonti is ushering in a new manufacturing paradigm through his sui generis blend of computational design techniques and emerging manufacturing technologies. Blurring the lines between fashion and technology, Bitonti’s trademark process merges cutting edge digital design and manufacturing technologies, aimed to transform mass production.
Looking to the future of design, mass customization, Bitonti sees computational methodologies, smart materials, and interactive environments as opportunities to create new aesthetic languages for our built environment. He is taking that vision and applying it to his self-named luxury goods label, Francis Bitonti, launching in September 2014. “My design process is a collaboration with artificial intelligence,” Bitonti explains. “We’re transposing these ideas from design methodologies to tangible consumer experiences.”
Francis Bitonti’s work has been published internationally in many prestigious institutions including the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and most recently has garnered media coverage for the 3D printed gown created for fashion icon Dita von Teese, which received numerous accolades and a great deal of public attention when it was debuted at Ace Hotel in New York City in 2013.
Francis Bitonti currently lives in New York where he runs his design practice.
Andrew Hessel is a Distinguished Research Scientist with Autodesk’s Bio/Nano Research Group, which is developing software tools for designing living and nanoscale systems. He’s currently working to “3D print” customized cancer fighting viruses, starting with dog cancers. He is a 2016 AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador, a fellow of the University of Ottawa Institute for Science, Society, and Policy, and past co-chair of the biotechnology and bioinformatics at Singularity University. He has written articles on genetic technology for The Atlantic, Wired UK, and Huffington Post and given over 100 invited talks on next-generation biotechnology.
Dave entered the corporate world at Bain and soon joined the startup world as Bonobos’s first hire. Years later, he flew westward to build the next great retail data platform at TellApart. In 2012, Dave founded Floored while an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Accel Partners. He has a BA from Harvard, which he uses to handle business stuff and fetch things for Floored engineers.
Jeff Powers is co-founder and CEO of Occipital, a Boulder and San Francisco based company focused on mobile computer vision. With co-founder Vikas Reddy, Jeff led the development of RedLaser, a popular barcode-scanning application that was acquired by eBay. Remaining independent, Occipital launched 360 Panorama later, which became the best-selling panorama capture application on iOS. Most recently, the Occipital team has launched the Structure Sensor, the first 3D sensor for mobile devices. Jeff is also an angel investor in tech startups, including the mobile robotics company Orbotix and the seed-stage accelerator TechStars Boulder.
Jonathan Knowles serves as Autodesk’s Explorer in residence. With a charter of exploring what’s next for Autodesk with a view into the 10 to 100 year forward time frame, he is at the frontier of beyond the horizon technologies, providing insight on the evolving role of design-driven applied innovation, and participating in fieldwork to help solve some of the world’s most complex challenges. He is a creative thinker who researches the intersection of technology and global trends, bringing the arts and science together, while connecting people and ideas. A respected voice on future trends, long-range vision, and creating the preferred future, Jonathan collaborates with engineers, scientists, designers, educators, and others seeking to imagine, design, and create a better world.
As Senior Vice President, Products, Amar Hanspal leads Autodesk’s development of solutions for designers and engineers.
He oversees the company’s cloud platform and full range of products for the Manufacturing and AEC industries. These include offerings for product design, building information modeling simulation, manufacturing, data management and collaboration and IoT. His team also leads user experience design and engineering for all professional products.
Prior to his current role, Hanspal was Senior Vice President, IPG Product Group. He joined Autodesk in 1987 and has served in a variety of roles including VP of Autodesk Collaboration Solutions. Hanspal holds a master’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Bombay. He’s passionate about the power design and engineering have to address the world’s biggest concerns: sustainable products and transportation, clean water and energy, and livable cities.
As the director of Long Now, Alexander founded The Interval and has facilitated projects such as the 10,000 Year Clock, The Rosetta Project, Long Bets, Seminars About Long Term Thinking, Long Server and others. Alexander shares several design patents on the 10,000 Year Clock with Danny Hillis, the first prototype of which is in the Science Museum of London, and the monument scale version is now under construction in West Texas. Alexander’s combat robots have won over six world championship titles appearing in the hit ABC TV show BattleBots. He has also built large pyrotechnic displays for the Burning Man festival, robotic bartenders and other dangerous machines. At Carnegie Mellon University Alexander was the lead designer for a record setting human power vehicle team.