Technology Innovation in Real-life
Royal Holloway, University of London

Jim Read
Jim’s career background covers work in system design, research, training and project management for telecommunications providers, consultants and private industry both in the UK and overseas.

His work involves technical and strategic consultancy for assignments covering all aspects of information and communications technology and its impact on the built environment. Dealing with the pace of change and increasing influence of technology on every aspect of our lives forms a major part of his work.

He has in-depth experience of the technology and its demands on building design and operation and is well known internationally for his research into Intelligent and Sustainable Buildings. He has published several articles and has presented at many conferences around the world.
John Martin
John is a specialist in Telepresence particularly as applied in the domain of education. He brings extensive experience of promoting the uptake of technology innovation and has been very successful in marketing new products as video solutions and providing technological and pedagogical advice. Educated at the Open University, John has worked in Higher and Further Education and Royal Airforce before joining Tandberg, now part of Cisco.
Professor Toyoaki Nishida
Toyoaki Nishida is Professor at Department of Intelligence Science and Technology, Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University. He received the B.E., the M.E., and the Doctor of Engineering degrees from Kyoto University in 1977, 1979, and 1984, respectively. His research centers on artificial intelligence and human computer interaction. He founded an international workshop series on social intelligence design in 2001. Major works in social intelligence design have been published in several special issues of the AI & Society journal. He opened up a new field of research called conversational informatics in 2003. He collected and compiled representative works in conversational informatics as: Nishida (ed.) Conversational Informatics -- An Engineering Approach, Wiley, 2007. Currently, he leads several projects related to social intelligence design and conversational informatics. He serves for numerous academic activities, including the president of JSAI (Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence), an associate editor of the AI & Society journal, an area editor (Intelligent Systems) of the New Generation Computing journal, a technical committee member of Web Intelligence Consortium, and an associate member of the Science Council of Japan.
Dr Renate Fruchter
Dr. Renate Fruchter is the founding director of the Project Based Learning Laboratory (PBL Lab), lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Senior Research Engineer thrust leader of “Collaboration Technologies” at the Center for Integrated Facilities Engineering (CIFE), at Stanford. She leads a research effort to develop collaboration technologies for multidisciplinary, geographically distributed teamwork, and e-Learning. Her interests focus on R&D and larger scale deployment of collaboration technologies that include Web-based team building, synchronous and asynchronous knowledge capture, sharing and re-use, project memory, corporate memory, and mobile solutions for global teamwork and e-Learning. In addition, she has established in 1998 a strong research effort focusing on the impact of technology on learning, team interaction, and assessment. She is the leader and developer of the innovative "Computer Integrated Architecture/Engineering/Construction Global Teamwork" course launched in 1993, at Stanford, that engages universities from US, Japan, and Europe.