University of Southern California

USC Global Conference

Global Challenges for Humanity
Seoul, Korea
May 23-25, 2013

Track 2 – 1:45 PM, Friday, May 24

Confirmed speakers as of May 1, 2013.


Scott FisherScott Fisher is a professor and founding chair of the interactive media division and associate dean of research at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is an interaction designer whose work focuses primarily on mobile media,  interactive environments and technologies of presence. He is also director of USC’s  Mobile and Environmental Media Lab.

Fisher’s media industry experience includes Atari, Paramount, and his own companies Telepresence Research and Telepresence Media, and he is well known for his pioneering work in the field of virtual reality at the National Aeronautics and Science Administration (NASA). A graduate of MIT’s Architecture Machine Group (now Media Lab), he has taught at MIT, UCLA, University of California-San Diego,  and Keio University in Japan. His work has been recognized internationally through numerous invited presentations, professional publications and in the popular media. In addition, he has been an Artist in Residence at MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies and his stereoscopic imagery and artwork has been exhibited in the U.S., Japan and Europe.


Adrian CheokAdrian David Cheok is director of the Mixed Reality Lab of National University of Singapore, where he is also an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He became a full professor at Keio University, Graduate School of Media Design in April, 2008.

He previously worked on real-time systems, soft computing, and embedded computing in Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (Osaka, Japan). He has worked on research covering mixed reality, human-computer interfaces, wearable computers and ubiquitous computing, fuzzy systems, embedded systems, and power electronics. Cheok has successfully obtained funding for externally funded projects in the area of wearable computers and mixed reality from Nike, National Oilwell Varco, Defense Science Technology Agency, Ministry of Communications and Arts, National Arts Council, Singapore Science Center, and the Hougang Primary School.  In the Mixed Reality Lab, he leads a team of over 20 researchers and students. He has been a keynote and invited speaker at numerous international conferences and events.

Cheok was born and raised in Adelaide, Australia and graduated with first class honors  from the University of Adelaide with a bachelor of engineering (electrical and electronic)  in 1992, and continued there for graduate work, earning his Ph.D. in engineering in 1998.


Dooeun ChoiDooeun Choi, the former creative director of Art Center Nabi (Seoul, Korea), started working as independent curator in 2012. Her recent projects include the 7th International Media Art Biennial “Mediacity Seoul 2012” (Seoul, Korea), “ZERO1 Biennial” (San Jose, USA), and “Anima” (Istanbul, Turkey).

Since 2000, she curated numerous international exhibitions including Uijeongbu International Digital Art Festival “Windows of Communication” (Uijeongbu, Korea), “Intermediae_Minbak” (Madrid, Spain), “Printemps Perfume” at “Bains Numerique #6” (Enghien-les-Bains, France), and “WAVE” and “Sense Senses” at “Incheon International Digital Art Festival” (Incheon, Korea). Since 2011, she has been a visiting scholar at Parsons The New School for Design in New York, USA.


Alex McDowellAlex McDowell is an associate professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts where he shares an appointment between the interactive media, production, and the media arts and practice programs. One of the most innovative and influential designers working in narrative media, McDowell’s impact extends beyond cinema and into an immersive design process that proposes a key role for world building in visual storytelling. He is credited as having radically reinvented the traditional workflow for media making.

He has designed for directors as diverse as Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton, David Fincher, Zack Snyder and Steven Spielberg, and has recently completed “Man of Steel” with director Zack Snyder, produced by Chris Nolan. With many awards for his film design work, McDowell was named a Royal Designer for Industry by the UK’s Royal Society of Arts in 2006.  McDowell is also co-founder and creative director of the 5D | Institute, and the 5D | Building Worlds initiative, which serves as a global series of distributed events and an education space for an expanding community of thought leaders across narrative media. The 5D | Institute is an organized research unit within the USC School of Cinematic Arts.