Dr. Yasmine Abbas is a French DPLG architect, holds a Master of Science in Architecture Studies (SMArchS 2001) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Doctor of Design (DDes 2006) from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. At Harvard she focused on how neo-nomads, digitally geared people on the move, reclaim a sense of belonging to places in the age of multiple mobilities and digital technologies. She practiced internationally and has taught architecture studios and design theory seminars in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts. She is the founding director of Pan Urban Intelligence, a research, strategy and design consultancy.

Dr. Jie-Eun Hwang is a research associate at School of Architecture, Northeastern University. She earned her degree of Doctor of Design at Harvard University. Her doctoral dissertation, “Heuristic Nolli Map: A machine learning approach for interpreting urban morphology”, examined an intelligent system that contributed to architects and urban designers, by providing a domain specific knowledge representation mechanism. In prior years, she has participated in a vast range of interdisciplinary research projects, including virtual reality (in Virtual Reality Research Center, KAIST, Korea), cyber museum (in Imaging Media Research Center, KIST, Korea), locative media (in The Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and geographic information system (in Center for Design Informatics, Harvard University).

Dr. Shin’ichi Konomi is a research associate professor of the Center for Spatial Information Science (CSIS), University of Tokyo. His research interests include interaction design and social implications of pervasive computing, urban computing, human-computer interaction, RFID applications and databases. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Kyoto University. He’s a member of the ACM, IEEE Computer Society, IPSJ, and DBSJ.

Dr. George Roussos holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics from University of Athens, Greece, an M.Sc. in Numerical Analysis and Computing from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK, and a Ph.D. from Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, University of London, UK. Before joining Birkbeck College as a lecturer he worked as the Research and Development Manager for a multinational information technology corporation in Athens, Greece, where he was responsible for the strategic development of new IT products in the areas of knowledge management and mobile internet; as an Internet security officer for the Ministry of Defence, Athens, where he designed the Hellenic armed forces Internet exchange and domain name systems; and as a research fellow for Imperial College, London, where he conducted research in distributed systems. He is currently investigating the effects of social activity on system architectures, and exploring mechanisms to support navigation and findability. He is a member of the ACM, SIGMOBILE, the IEEE, the IEEE Communications and the IEEE Computer Society.

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