Chairman’s Invited Speaker

Anton Nijholt

Anton Nijholt studied mathematics and computer science at the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands and received a PhD degree in theoretical computer science from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1980. He is a Professor of Computer Science in the Human Media Interaction group, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. He held positions at various universities in and outside The Netherlands. His main research interests are entertainment computing, multimodal interaction, affective computing, and brain–computer interfacing. On these topics more than fifty PhD students have been supervised to completion. He has hundreds of scientific publications, including (edited) books on the history of computing, language processing, and brain–computer interfacing. Recently he (co-)edited three books: “Playful User Interfaces”, “More Playful User Interfaces” and “Entertaining the Whole World”, all with Springer. An edited book on "Playable Cities" is in preparation. He has been guest-editor for Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces, International Journal of Arts and Technology, Entertainment Computing, International Journal of Creative Interfaces and Computer Graphics and the Brain-Computer Interfaces journal. Presently he is editing a section on Brain-computer Interaction and Games in a Springer Handbook on Digital Games and Entertainment. Professor Nijholt is Specialty Chief Editor of Frontiers in Human-Media Interaction and (associate) editor of several other journals. He has also served as Program Chair and General Chair for the main international conferences on affective computing, multimodal interaction, virtual agents, and entertainment computing.

David Levy

David Levy was born in 1945. He studied Pure Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics at St. Andrews University, Scotland, from 1963 to 1967, where he graduated with a B.Sc. degree. He taught practical classes in computer programming at the Computer Science Department of Glasgow University from 1967 to 1971, before moving into the world of business and professional chess playing and writing. (He wrote more than thirty books on chess.) Having represented England at chess while he was still at school, he was selected to play for Scotland in six World Student Team Championships (1965-1970) and in six Chess Olympiads (1968-1978). In 1968 he won the Scottish Chess Championship, and in 1975 he shared that same title. He was awarded the International Master title by FIDE, the World Chess Federation, in 1969, and the International Arbiter title in 1976.

The development of David’s interest in Artificial Intelligence started with computer chess, which was a logical combination of his addiction to chess and his work in the field of computing. In 1968 he started a bet with four Artificial Intelligence professors, including John McCarthy who in 1955 had coined  the phrase “Artificial Intelligence”, that he would not lose a chess match against a computer program within ten years. He won that bet, and another one for a further five years, succumbing only twenty-one years after making the first bet, and then to a forerunner of the program that defeated Garry Kasparov in 1997. David was first elected President of the International Computer Chess Association (ICCA) in 1986, and after a gap from 1992 to 1999 was elected once again, a position he has held since then (the association now being named the International Computer Games Association (ICGA)). Since 1977 David has been involved in the development of many chess playing and other programs for consumer electronic products.

David’s interest in Artificial Intelligence expanded beyond computer games into other areas of AI, including human-computer conversation. In 1994 he brought together a team to investigate pragmatic solutions to the problem, resulting in his team winning the Loebner Prize competition in New York in 1997. Since then David has published a primer on A.I., Robots Unlimited. He was awarded a PhD by the University of Maastricht for his thesis entitled Intimate Relationships with Artificial Partners.

David has had a lifelong interest in organising mind sports events, and was one of the organisers of the World Chess Championship matches in London (1986 and 1993), as well as the World Checkers Championship match between the human champion and a computer program (1992 in London and 1994 in Boston), in addition to dozens of computer chess championships and similar events. His hobbies include classical music and playing poker.

David is Chairman of Retro-Computers Ltd, a UK company that recently launched a retro version of the famous Sinclair ZX Spectrum which was the most popular home computer in the UK during the early-mid 1980s. He is also Chairman of Intelligent Toys Ltd, a  London-based company specializing in the development of software for human-computer conversation.


Simplicio Michael Luis Asis Herrera (a.k.a. "M")

Known simply as "M', Simplicio Michael Luis Asis Herrera was born in Manila to a Chinese/Spanish father and a Spanish/Filipina mother. Due to his own cultural diversity M recognized the importance of creating harmony despite differences. M believes that you can wrap your body with the "fabric of thought", and has therefore chosen fashion as the platform to communicate his philosophy. Beginning shortly after graduating from F.I.D.M. in 1996, M became head graphic designer for Karl Kani Jean (the Godfather of Hip Hop/Urban fashion) where he traveled to China and coordinated production and development. Simultaneously instructing fashion and graphic design at F.I.D.M. for 3 years before he relocated to Germany where he was offered Creative Director position in 2002, designing and managing for a team of 10 designers, catering to corporate brands such as such as PUMA-BMW for the Formula One Races. In 2005, M then began Mthemovement: a luxury designer streetwear line for men and women with denims, cashmere sweaters, fashion knit tops, shirtings, intimates and accessories, with an emphasis on eco friendly fabrics with humanitarian efforts. His clientele have included:

Britney Spears, the Black Eyed Peas and more recently Carly Rae-Jepsen (singer of hit "Call Me Maybe"), Bobby Brown, famed rapper Tyga. Mthemovement is now the hottest eco-friendly designer streetwear brand on the west coast of the United States. Today at 39 years of age, M has received a plethora of press, several awards, was included in several "Best T-shirt Graphics-2004" and "Best Fashion Trims-2008" and "How to run a fashion company-2008" industry books and is currently serving as a member of the Advisory Board for the Bachelor of Business program at F.I.D.M., Los Angeles. The journey doesn't end there...stay tuned!