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Marek Walczak is an artist and architect whose work focuses on people’s participation in physical and virtual spaces. This has led to projects such as Apartment which was shown at the Whitney Museum and many venues worldwide. Dialog Table has recently been completed for the Walker Art Center, it is a shared interface that replaces a keyboard and mouse with gesture recognition technology. Current projects include a one block long façade at 7 World Trade Center that reacts to pedestrians walking beneath it (for James Carpenter Design Assoc.) and interactive video installations such as Third Person, recently shown at the ICA, London. Marek trained as an architect at the Architectural Assoc. in London and Cooper Union in New York.
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Jakub Segen conducts independent research and consults in the area of computer vision, imaging and human-computer interfaces. Dr. Segen has spent 21 years at Bell Laboratories Research, where he led research and development in computer vision and its applications to human-computer interfaces. His recent contributions involve real-time recognition of hand gestures, gesture controlled animated humans and video-based analysis of human motion. His research contributions also include fields of computer graphics, pattern recognition, machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, image compression, signal analysis, information theory, and bio-engineering. He holds a doctorate in Electrical and Bio-engineering from the Carnegie-Mellon University. Dr. Segen holds ten patents, with four more in process, and more than 60 publications.

Wesley Heiss’s is a visual artist and designer whose work explores humanities relationship with technology. Besides the collaborative commissioned work with Kinecity his installations and sculptures have been shown across the US including the Museum of Fine Arts and the Menil Collection in Houston, Brooklyn Academy of Music in NY, and Arthouse in Austin. His artistic practice has earned him many awards including the Artadia grant, the Dallas Museum of Art Kimbrough Grant and residencies at both the MacDowell Colony and the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting. Wesley received a Master of Architecture from Rice University in Houston, Texas and a BA from Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont. He is currently a Professor of Practice at Lehigh University where he heads the Product Design concentration.
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Johanna Kindvall is a designer with a background in social work. In May 2003 Johanna got a grant from the Arts Grants Committee in Sweden to work with Marek Walczak in New York City on digital interaction. She have been working with Marek Walczak and Kinecity ever since on a wide range of interactive projects. Between 2004 and 2005 Johanna also worked for James Carpenter Design, New York City, working on graphics, presentations and project development.
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