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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Director of the Sacred World Foundation in New
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.
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
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.
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.
Director of the Advanced Concepts Team, Motorola, Cambridge, USA and former Director of Domus Academy Research
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.
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.