Sebastian Chan is currently the Head of Digital, Social and Emerging Technologies at the Powerhouse Museum. His teams include the museum's web unit, audio visual and photography, rights & permission and the photo library, the research library and Thinkspace, the Powerhouse's digital media teaching laboratories.
Coming from a background in social policy, journalism and media criticism as well as information technology, he has been building and producing websites and interactive media since the mid 1990s. At the Powerhouse he has been responsible for driving a strong user focus in design, usability and content, as well as expanding the scope and reach of the museum's suite of online projects. His focus on audiences and usability has led to an interest in Open Licensing and collaborative ways of enabling deeper engagement with the museum's cultural assets.
His interests include electronic music and digital art, and he has directed and curated large scale national and international events and festivals, and also produces related media from radio broadcasts to print. In his spare time he runs a independent music magazine, Cyclic Defrost.
A seasoned professional with over 40 years of hands on technology and operational experience, Peter has been involved in the creation and transformation of corporations. His BT career saw him progress to CTO with teams engaged on optical fibre systems, network design, HMI, AI, AL, visualisation, healthcare, war gaming, eCommerce, and business modelling.
Renowned for his out of the box thinking, Peter is an advisor and consultant to numerous companies and governments, the author of numerous blogs, articles and books on technology, business, managing, and living with rapid change.
Peter has also spent time in academia and was appointed as the UK’s first Professor for the Public Understanding of Science & Technology @ Bristol in 1998. A graduate of Nottingham Trent and Essex Universities, he received the Queen's Award for Innovation in 1990, numerous Honorary Doctorates and was awarded an OBE in 1999 for his contribution to international communications.
Dr David Giaretta has had extensive experience in planning, developing and running scientific archives and providing and managing a variety of services to large numbers of users. He has made fundamental contributions to the OAIS Reference Model which forms the basis of much digital preservation work far beyond repositories of scientific data, and contributes still to developing the follow on standards.
He has published a number of scientific papers in refereed journals and given presentations at many international conferences, scientific as well as technical. In addition he has broad experience in e-Science and in obtaining funding for and managing distributed teams.
In 2003 he was awarded an MBE for services to Space Science. Dr Giaretta was founding Associate Director for Development in the UK Digital Curation Centre (DCC) and has played an active role in all aspects of that project. More recently he led the successful EU FP6 project CASPAR Integrated Project and the FP7 Support Action PARSE.Insight which has produced a Roadmap for scientific data supported by data from a survey which had a very large number (1000’s) of responses. He leads the work which aims at producing an ISO standard for audit and certification of digital repositories, following on from the work of the RLG/OCLC/NARA working group of which he was also a member, and also leads the recent update of OAIS.
Oliver Grau is Professor of Image Science and Head of the Department for Image Science at the Danube University Krems. Grau’s main research is in the history of media art, immersion (virtual reality), and emotions, as well as the history, idea and culture of telepresence and artificial life. His books include Virtual Art: From Illusion to Immersion (2003), Mediale Emotionen (2005), MediaArtHistories.
Grau has conceived new scientific tools for the humanities/digital humanities, managing the project "Immersive Art" of The German Research Foundation (DFG) whose team started developing in 1998 the first international archive for digital art, including video documentations.
Grau has developed new international curricula for image sciences and has lectured at the Humbold University Berlin, in different research labs in Japan and USA and as professor at different international universities and manages various international conferences.
Awards include: voted into Young Academy of the Berlin-Brandenburgischen Scientific Academy and the Leopoldina (2001); 2002 InterNations/Goethe Institute; 2003 Book of the Month, Scientific American; 2003 Research Scholarship from the German-Italian Center Villa Vigoni; 2004 Media Award of the Humboldt University.
Alan Read is a writer whose projects include performance and civic intervention. He is currently Professor of Theatre at King's College London where, in collaboration with the Centre for e-Research he has recently restored and re-opened the Anatomy Theatre & Museum on the Strand as a performance research centre and home for the Performance Foundation. In the 1980s he was director of Rotherhithe Theatre Workshop, a neighbourhood theatre in Docklands, in the 1990s he worked as a freelance writer in Barcelona and was Director of Talks at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, and from 1997-2006 he was Professor of Theatre at Roehampton University where he directed a five year research programme on performance, architecture and location exploring theatre and public ceremonial in rational housing blocks and council estates.
Alan Read is the author of Theatre & Everyday Life: An Ethics of Performance (Routledge: 1993) and Theatre, Intimacy & Engagement: The Last Human Venue (Palgrave Macmillan: 2008). He is the editor of The Fact of Blackness: Frantz Fanon and Visual Representation (Bay Press: 1996) and Architecturally Speaking: Practices of Art, Architecture and the Everyday (Routledge: 2000). He is currently working on a book entitled: The Theatre & Its Poor: Performance, Politics and the Powerless and begins a three year Leverhulme Major Fellowship in October 2010 entitled: Engineering Spectacle: Inigo Jones’ Past and Present Performance in Somerset House.