Peter is an innovator and leader with 25 years of experience in the
geospatial industry, who has been CTO at two of the world’s top 200
software companies. He was an early employee and later CTO of
Smallworld, which became the market leader in GIS for utilities and
telecoms and was sold to GE. He was CTO at Intergraph, a leader in GIS
and related applications with revenues of $600m+. He is currently a
co-founder and CTO of the geospatial division at Ubisense, working on
next generation enterprise geospatial web and mobile applications. He
has served on the boards of industry associations GITA and OSGeo, and
on the advisory boards of startups GeoIQ and PublicEarth. He is a
graduate of Oxford University, where he earned degrees in Mathematics
Max Rheiner is a senior lecturer at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK), who has been teaching in both the bachelors and masters programs for the Department of Interaction Design, since 2006. He received his Diploma from Zurich University of the Arts in the field of New Media Arts, in 2003. The main areas of discipline that he specializes in are Embodied Interaction and Physical Computing. Of these topics, he conceived and developed the Physical Computing Laboratory for the Department of Interaction Design that has been running since 2006.
His research and artistic interest center on interactive experiences which utilize methods from Virtual/Augmented Reality and Immersive Telepresence. Moreover, his artistic work has been recognized and exhibited in a number of international and well-renowned venues such as Biennale Venice, Italy, Ars Electronic Linz, Austria, and Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Japan.
Anselm Hook is a veteran VR/AR developer focused on helping people
"see through walls". He led the technology and development of several
highly successful video games including Dragon's Lair for Electronic
Arts, and more recently R&D roles at Xerox Parc and a number of
specialized entrepreneurial startups focused on Augmented Reality
including Dekko, InsideMaps and currently at Samsung Accelerator
Kevin has been creating startups and engineering software for 30 years. In addition to being a founding engineer at Ciena and Pacific Biosciences he has developed hardware and software for Apple and Google. He is currently leading drone API development for 3D Robotics. He is especially interested in Aero Glass as he is an aerobatic pilot who built and flew an RV7.
Jurgen P. Schulze is a Research Scientist at UCSD's Qualcomm
Institute, and an Adjunct Professor in the computer science
department, where he teaches computer graphics and 3D user interfaces.
His research interests include scientific visualization in virtual
environments, human-computer interaction, real-time volume rendering,
and the use of mobile devices for graphics applications. He holds an
M.S. degree from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. from the
University of Stuttgart, Germany. After his graduation he spent two
years as a post-doctoral researcher in the Computer Science Department
at Brown University.
Brady Forrest is a technology evangelist obsessed with opening doors for makers, entrepreneurs, and inventors looking to launch the world’s next game-changing product. Under Brady’s leadership, PCH & Highway1 have funded over 35 companies with a focus on innovative consumer products. In his previous life, Brady co-founded Ignite: the worldwide, fast-paced geek event that invites participants to share ideas and personal or professional passions on stage. He also chaired O'Reilly's Where 2.0, Web 2.0 Expo and ETech.
Timothy Sestak is a former Naval Aviator flying both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. He directed high technology military aviation programs and has extensive experience in pilot-vehicle interface. Following his military career, he evangelized Systems Engineering discipline to NASA, the FAA, and Industry on the Advanced General Aviation Transportation Experiment (AGATE) program. As a senior Systems Engineer for The Boeing Company he managed flight deck certification for wide body airliners and helped create the Boeing Joint Strike Fighter Program and the F-22 training systems. As an IBM executive he developed opportunities for integration of the Cell Broadband Engine into existing and developing military and aerospace systems.
Timothy currently is a researcher and Professor at the College of Aviation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in Prescott, AZ. An avid skydiver and wingsuit flyer, he is the University faculty advisor to the skydiving and hang gliding club and is completing research for the new Embry-Riddle Ph.D. in Aviation. Timothy has an MSAE, an MBA, and is a graduate of the Naval War College. He also has his FAA Commercial Pilot license and instrument ratings in both fixed wing and helicopters, is a CFI, CFII, and AGI for both fixed wing and rotorcraft.
Kelby Ferwerda is an entrepreneur and aviation consultant, specializing in general aviation. Following his college career in business administration, he conceived a flight training center that quickly grew to an award winning organization that received national recognition on multiple occasions. Holding a Gold Seal CFI certificate, and having received the designation of Master CFI, Kelby followed his aviation passion to AOPA Headquarters where he now applies his knowledge managing the Flying Club Initiative and supports Pilot Community Development. Kelby still flies and instructs regularly and is the owner of several aircraft including a 1946 Aeronca Champ that he recently restored.
Mr. Lohr has over 40 years of extensive experience as a Research and Development engineer, entrepreneur, business executive and U.S. Government Official covering a broad range of high technology defense and commercial systems. His experience includes starting new high technology companies with activities in corporate development, venture capital. international partnering and has served on the Board of Directors of high technology, public and private corporations. He was appointed to the State‘s Defense Conversion Council by Governor Wilson, and chaired the Capital Formation Committee. This Committee received a Model of Excellence Award from the office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration for its contribution to Venture and Seed capital development. He served on the Scripps Advisory Board for Integrative Medicine, aimed at the early Detection and Prevention of Heart Disease and a public corporation with over $600M in annual revenue.
He served as the ﬁrst Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition in both the Reagan and Bush administrations, with responsibility to assist in overseeing DOD’s major Acquisition and Technology Programs, International Programs and U.S. Arms Controls Compliance activities. He also served as U.S. Acquisition Representative to the NATO Conference of National Armament Directors and the Four Power Group with oversight in U.S. armament cooperative programs and in developing and establishing policy initiatives aimed at promoting cooperation on major weapon systems and technology among the NATO Allies. This also included testifying before the Senate Science and Technology Subcommittee regarding a DOD report on the Competitiveness of the U.S. in speciﬁc Critical Technologies.
Mr. Lohr has hands on experience in the research and development of technology and its transition to viable products in aviation, commercial radar, infrared, optics and space instrumentation. Mr. Lohr as Executive Vice President was one of two principals in Flight Systems lnc., which developed and produced sophisticated electronics and drone conversion and operation of F-86 aircraft. Flight Systems also provided ﬂight test services employing F-86, T-33 and A-4 aircraft. In addition, he was founder and CEO of Defense Research Corporation and held senior positions with firms such as TRW and Acronutronic (Ford) involved in development of military electronics, and was associated with DDC devoted to venture capital activities and serving on advisory boards. He was founder and chairman of INTERPAR in Washington DC; a company devoted to assisting U.S. corporations in forming business alliances with European companies.
He received a BE degree in Engineering from USC and an MS degree from UCLA. He was member of the Army Science Board and served on panels of both the President's Science Advisory Committee and the Defense Science Board. He was awarded the Secretary of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal, the Army's Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Metal and the Army’s Certiﬁcate of Appreciation for Patriotic Civilian Service.