SFCDUG March 2019 | Ted Selker: VR/AR Where from and Where to

On March 20th, 12:00 pm PST, SFCDUG welcomes Ted Selker, Director of Research on Accessible Voting at University of California Berkeley and IBM Fellow.  This month’s meeting will be hosted at the AIA 30 Sutter St # 600, San Francisco, CA 94104

Ted Selker on Cloud Computing, Magic Leap, Design and Cyber Security

Featured Presentation:

VR /AR Where from and where too.

People have made moving imagery for thousands of years. Visual  Illusion has a long history too the line between fantasy and reality are becoming blurred with each and every advancement in virtual and augmented reality to living in our fantasies.

This talk will start with conceptual background VR/AR and MR. The talk will describe the perceived and real constraints of such technology.  It will focus also on the concerns we must have not to compromise equanimity and safety as we paint or retouch the world people perceive.

Ted Selker, Innovator, IBM fellow, professor, mentor

Ted Selker innovates and mentors innovation for startups,  large corporations and universities. Specializing in seeding and driving strategic initiatives, he is known for guiding, strategic emerging technology opportunities.  His clients have included companies such as Colgate, Google, E-government, Herman Miller,Pixar, Sanyang Motors, OLPC, IBM, ITRI,  Mars, MasterCard, Nortel, PIXAR, Philips, Phil Morris, Willow Garage.

Ted spent five years creating a graduate research program at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley and running the considerate systems research program. Ted spent ten years as an Associate Professor at the MIT Media Laboratory running the Context Aware Computing & the Industrial Design intelligence research programs. His work shows how human intentions can be recognized and respected in complex domains such as kitchens, cars, on phones, and in email. Ted’s work takes the form of prototyping concept products supported by cognitive science research.  His research created specific emerging technology opportunities for ALPS, Amazon, British Telecom, Campbell’s soups , Cleanup kitchens, Chrysler, Ford, Giant, Hallmark, Kaiser Permanente, Lear, Lego,  McDonalds, Merloni, Motorola, Ricoh, Saab, Samsung, Steel case, Swatch,  Panasonic, Pepsi, Post cereals, TCL, USPS, for the voting industry, and others.

Ted’s successes at IBM gained him the technical executive position of IBM Fellow.  He created and directed the User Systems Ergonomics Research lab there. USER is known for its many profitable product impacts. He has served as a consulting professor at Stanford University, taught at Hampshire, University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Brown Universities and worked at Xerox PARC and Atari Research Labs.

Ted’s work has been central to successes of products ranging from notebook and workstation computers to operating systems. For example, his design of the TrackPoint in-keyboard pointing device is used in many notebook computers, his visualizations have been responsible for performance and usability improvements in products and his adaptive help system was the basis of products as well.   Ted’s work has resulted in numerous awards, patents, and papers and has often been featured in the press.  Ted was co-recipient of the Computer Science Policy Leader Award for Scientific American 50 in 2004, the American Association for People with Disabilities Thomas Paine Award for his work on voting technology in 2006 and the Telluride Tech fest award in 2008.


Attending in person?  Get your tickets here.  Registration in person closes at noon on the day of the event. No exceptions. This month will be hosted at AIA.
Attending on-line? Register to the free webcast here. GoToWebinar sponsored by GENSLER.


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