Prof. Dinesh Manocha (ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, AAAI Fellow, AAAS Fellow)
University of Maryland, USA
Biography: Dinesh Manocha is a Distinguished University Professor of the University of Maryland, where he is the Paul Chrisman Iribe Professor of Computer Science and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also the Phi Delta Theta/Matthew Mason Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Manocha’s research focuses on AI and robotics, computer graphics, augmented/virtual reality, and scientific computing. He co-leads a major research group UMD GAMMA with more than 35 members on geometric and simulation algorithms with applications to computer graphics, robotics and virtual environments. His group has won 17 best paper awards at leading conferences and developed a number of software technologies that are licensed to more than 60 commercial vendors. A Fellow of AAAI, AAAS, ACM, IEEE and Sloan Foundation, Manocha is a member of ACM SIGGRAPH Academy Class, and Bézier Award recipient from Solid Modeling Association. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT Delhi and the Distinguished Career in Computer Science Award from Washington Academy of Sciences. He was also the co-founder of Impulsonic, a developer of physics-based audio simulation technologies, which was acquired by Valve Inc in November 2016.
Prof. Hideo Saito
Keio University, Japan
Biography: HIDEO SAITO received a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Keio University, Japan, in 1992. Since 1992, he has been in the Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University. From 1997 to 1999, he joined the Virtualized Reality Project at the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, as a Visiting Researcher. Since 2006, he has been a Full Professor of Keio University. Since 2020, he is the chair professor of the Department of Information and Computer Science at Keio University. His research interests include computer vision and pattern recognition, and their applications to augmented reality, virtual reality, and human-robotic interaction. His recent activities in academic conferences include being the Program Chair of ACCV 2014, the General Chair of ISMAR 2015, the Program Chair of ISMAR 2016, and the Scientific Program Chair of Euro VR2020. He is a fellow of IEICE (Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers) and VRSJ (Virtual Reality Society of Japan).