Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Sylvain Allano
Scientific Director at PSA Peugeot Citroën / Research and Advanced Engineering Division

Sylvain Allano, 56, earned a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Paris South XI and a PhD in applied physics from the University Pierre & Marie Curie (UPMC).
He has been initially a junior researcher at the CNRS (the French National Scientific Research Center) and since 1989, a full-time professor at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan. He has been a director of a research lab (SATIE) in electrical engineering and applied physics, and from 2006 to 2009, a deputy scientific director at the CNRS, in charge of the domains of electronics, nanotechnologies, photonics, and electrical engineering.
Since 1988, he has been an intellectual property consultant and since 1996, a patent attorney. He co-founded in 1992 an intellectual property consulting firm. He is also an inventor and promotor for new airship concepts and technologies.
He is scientific director for the PSA Peugeot Citroën Group, within the Research and Advanced Engineering Division (DRIA). He has launched StelLab, an innovative scientific network within the Group and a hub for a network of OpenLabs which are being installed on outstanding selected academic campuses in France, Europe, China and Brasil.

Prof. Robert W. Lindeman
Director of the Human Interaction in Virtual Environments Lab, Department of Computer Science, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Rob Lindeman has been doing research in the field of virtual reality since 1993. He is an Associate Professor and director of the Human Interaction in Virtual Environments (HIVE) Lab at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts, USA. He joined the WPI Computer Science Department in 2005 as one of the first faculty hired in support of their new program in Interactive Media & Game Development (IMGD) (, which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. He received his Doctor of Science (ScD) degree from The George Washington University in 1999 in the areas of Computer Graphics and Human-Computer Interaction. The HIVE focuses on immersive, multi-sensorial feedback systems for VR, AR, and gaming, as well as natural and non-fatiguing interaction. Rob is a Senior Member of both the IEEE and ACM. He is an avid geocacher, skier, and soccer player.

Rob Lindeman


Prof. Susumu Tachi
Professor Emeritus of The University of Tokyo / Project Professor and Director of the International Virtual Reality Center, Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University.

Prof. Susumu Tachi received his B.E., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mathematical engineering and information physics from the University of Tokyo in 1968, 1970, and 1973, respectively. He joined the Faculty of Engineering of The University of Tokyo in 1973, and in 1975, he moved to the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, where he served as the Director of the Biorobotics Division. From 1979 to 1980, Dr. Tachi was a Japanese Government Award Senior Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1989, he rejoined The University of Tokyo, and served as Professor at the Department of Information Physics and Computing till March 2009. He is currently Professor Emeritus of The University of Tokyo and Professor of Robotics and Virtual Reality at Keio University, Japan.
He is the 46th President of the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE), a Founding Director of the Robotic Society of Japan (RSJ), and the Founding President of the Virtual Reality Society of Japan (VRSJ). From 1988, he has served as Chairman of the IMEKO Technical Committee on Measurement in Robotics and directed the organization of ISMCR symposia. He initiated and founded International Conference on Artificial Reality and Telexistence (ICAT) and International-collegiate Virtual Reality Contest (IVRC). He is the 2007 IEEE Virtual Reality Career Awardee and a member of IEEE VR Steering Committee.

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