Life Beyond Embodiment
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Some years ago, Paul Dourish introduced the concept of embodiment, which describes the distance between bytes and atoms. Leandro will speak about how an Italian company is working to reduce this distance, by creating emotional virtual agents to move bytes toward atoms on one side, while moving atoms toward bytes, Second Life's human users, on the other.
Co-sponsors of this event:
* BayCHI IxD BOF
* IxDA (Interaction Design Association) Silicon Valley Face to Face
Leandro Agrò has more than 10 years of experience as an interaction designer and manager of IxD teams. With extensive experience in multimodal interfaces based on eyetracking, he recently was seduced by the potential of virtual assistants with human-like behaviors. Leandro studied interaction design at the Domus Academy, in Milan, Italy—working on the '97 Apple Design Project. He is actively involved with the Milano Bicocca University, TorVergata University, Siena University, and others. Leandro is a prolific writer on topics from IxD, usability, and UX to natural, multimodal user interfaces. He is the founder of Idearium.org, the first Italian eZine/community for UX designers and co-producer of the Interaction Frontiers conference. For more information, see Leandro's blog, leeander.com.
Official Website: http://www.baychi.org/calendar/20070321a/#1
Added by arenareed on March 19, 2007