David Hanson and Wendy Ju share the latest in android and human interaction.
Dr. David Hanson, Chief Executive Officer, Hanson Robotics
Wendy Ju, Researcher, Stanford Human-Computer Interaction Group
Moderated by: Alexis Madrigal
Dr. David Hanson
David Hanson is the founder and CEO of Hanson Robotics -- a company that aims to create robots as socially adept as any human being. Through his organization, he has seen the success of robotic facial hardware that establishes eye contact, recognizes faces and carries out natural spoken conversation. Hanson hopes these robotic faces prove useful to cognitive science and psychology, and to the entertainment industry.
A former Walt Disney Imagineer, this young entrepreneur and roboticist has been labelled a "genius" by both PC Magazine and WIRED, and has earned awards from NASA, NSF and Cooper Hewitt Design. If Hanson succeeds, he will create a socially intelligent robot that may even one day have a place in the human family.
Wendy Ju is a PhD graduate of the Center for Design Research at Stanford University, and the founder of Ambidextrous Magazine, Stanford University's Journal of Design. Her current research in the areas of physical interaction design and ubiquitous computing investigates how implicit interactions can enable novel and natural interfaces through the intentional management of attention and initiative.
Wendy's work at the MIT Media Lab on an interactive kitchen counter was the direct predecessor to Microsoft's Kitchen of the Future console, and her work with Remhi Post and Matt Reynolds on the Pengachu handheld Linux platform strongly influenced both Motorola's Linux phone development and the MIT's One Laptop Per Child initiative. She studied Product Design and Mechanical Engineering as an undergraduate at Stanford.
Recent publications include a chapter on Douglas Engelbart's oNLine System in HCI Remixed and a journal article on "The Design of Implicit Interactions" in Design Issues.