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INSTITUTE 2001-2005
Steering Committee
Explorers' Club
  Red Burns
  Leonardo Chiariglione
  Keiichi Irie
  David Kelley
  David Liddle
  John Maeda
  Ranjit Makkuni
  Joy Mountford
  Nathan Shedroff
  Ettore Sottsass
  Marco Susani
  Terry Winograd
Coordination Committee
  General Manager


The Explorers' Club brings together experts from around the world who are at the forefront of a particular aspect of this new subject. We have chosen the name 'Explorers' Club' (rather than the more pedestrian 'Advisory Committee') because we want its members to challenge us to explore: new directions, new subjects, new people, and new approaches.

Red Burns (USA)
Chair of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts
In 1971, she founded the Alternate Media Center, a research and implementation centre for new technologies. During the 1970s and 1980s, she designed and directed a series of telecommunications projects including two-way television for and by senior citizens and applications for the developmentally disabled. Such innovative research led to the creation of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU in 1979. She recently received the Mayor of New York's Award for Excellence in Science and Technology.

Leonardo Chiariglione (Italy)
Vice President, Multimedia, Telecom Italia Lab
Leonardo Chiariglione has been at CSELT (now 'Telecom Italia Lab'), the corporate research centre of Telecom Italia since 1971. He founded the ISO Moving Pictures Experts Group (MPEG) standards committee in 1988, which has produced the various MPEG standards. In 1999 he became Executive Director of the Secure Digital Music Initiative, a group developing specifications for secure digital music delivery. He resigned from SDMI in March 2001.

Keiichi Irie (Japan)
Professor at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences at IAMAS University, Ogaki, Japan
A Japanese architect, Keiichi Irie has a strong interest in interaction design and a keen involvement with digital culture. Since the early 1990s, he has explored the new design space opening up where the real and the virtual converge. He lectures widely.

David Kelley (US)
Founder and chairman of IDEO and Professor of Product Design at Stanford University
David Kelley is a California-based entrepreneur, educator, engineer and venture capitalist. At Stanford University, David Kelley leads programmes that are redefining product design with an emphasis on user-centred design. He is also the founder and chairman of the world-famous product design and development firm, IDEO. His work as a teacher and as a manager emphasises the combination of innovation, human values and aesthetics into a single process.

David Liddle (USA)
General Partner of US Venture Partners and former President and CEO of Interval Research Corporation
David Liddle joined US Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, in January 2000. Prior to this, he was president and CEO of Interval Research Corporation, a Silicon Valley-based laboratory and incubator for new businesses focused on broadband applications and advanced technologies. He is also a consulting professor of Computer Science at Stanford University and has spent his career developing technologies for interaction and communication between people and computers.

John Maeda (Japan)
Sony Career Development Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, Associate Professor of Design and Computation, and Director of the Aesthetics and Computation Group at MIT Media Laboratory
After receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science from MIT, John Maeda returned to his roots in Japan to study art and design at Tsukuba University. Since joining MIT Media Lab in 1996, he created the Aesthetics and Computation group, which explores the relationship between visual form and various sensing media to bring the highest standards of graphic design to human-computer interfaces. His two books, both published by MIT Press, are Design by Numbers (1999) and [email protected] (2000).

Ranjit Makkuni (India)
Director of the Sacred World Foundation in New Delhi
Ranjit Makkuni is a multimedia researcher, designer and musician who pioneered the development of multimedia applications in high content and art while working at the prestigious Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. He currently heads 'The Sacred World Foundation', an interaction design research laboratory in New Delhi with an interdisciplinary team of researchers, scientists, designers, artists and scholars. His most recent work The CrossingProject (in collaboration with Xerox PARC) focuses on developing futuristic, mobile, multimedia and wearable technology for an in-depth presentation of India's intellectual and spiritual tradition.

S. Joy Mountford (UK)
Founder of IDBias Interaction Design, California, USA, and former Manager of the Human Interface Group, Apple Computer
S. Joy Mountford has been designing and managing interface design efforts for over 20 years. Most recently she was at Interval Research Corporation for over 5 years leading a series of musical development projects. Previously she was the creator and manager of the highly acclaimed Human Interface Group at Apple Computer for nearly eight years. Before joining Apple, Joy worked at MCC, an A.I. computer consortium and prior to that she designed advanced user interfaces for military avionics systems at Honeywell.

Nathan Shedroff (USA)
Interaction design expert and consultant
An experience designer for over twelve years, Nathan Shedroff is expert and leader in the fields of information architecture, interaction design, and online and interactive media. Most recently, he has concentrated on building online solutions for businesses, specifically online branding, developing new types of online advertising, and customer-centred online experiences. He has authored several books on multimedia, computers and information and is currently studying the viral nature of communication.

Ettore Sottsass (Italy)
Noted architect and designer
Ettore Sottsass is best known for his role in founding the Memphis group in 1981, which created an innovative vocabulary for 'New Design.' Born in Innsbruck, Austria, in 1917, he received a degree in architecture from the Turin Politecnico in 1939. In 1959 he designed the first Italian electronic calculator for Olivetti, and later on the famous Valentine typewriter. In 1980 he founded the firm Sottsass Associati, where he continues his work as architect and designer. His designs can be seen in museum collections worldwide.

Marco Susani (Italy)
Director of the Advanced Concepts Team, Motorola, Cambridge, USA and former Director of Domus Academy Research Centre, Milan
An architect and industrial designer, Marco Susani has developed projects for the likes of Telecom Italia, Olivetti and Mediaset. For the European Union, he has headed research programmes in interaction and media design. He was Director of the Domus Academy Research Centre in Milan for several years, a partner of Sottsass Associati, and a consultant at Olivetti Design Studio. He recently joined Motorola to lead a newly established advanced concepts team.

Terry Winograd (USA)
Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University
Terry Winograd has a particular interest in human-computer interaction design, with a focus on the theoretical background and conceptual models. He directs Stanford University's teaching programmes in Human-Computer Interaction and HCI research in the Stanford University Lab. He is also a principal investigator in the Stanford Digital Libraries Project. Winograd was a founding member and past president of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility and is on the national advisory board of the Association for Software Design.

John Maeda
What are computers good for?
30 Jan 2003
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John Maeda
To digital or not to digital
30 Jan 2003
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Ranjit Makkuni
Reversing the digital divide
22 Jan 2003
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Ranjit Makkuni
Culturally Reflective Computing
23 Jan 2003
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Nathan Shedroff
Interaction design is like a good party
3 Feb 2003
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Connected Communities
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The Blue House
The Institute's building renovation by Sottsass Associati
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Marco Susani
Forms of communication. How new forms of communication stimulate new social relations and how they affect the design of services and products
15 May 2003
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