Territorium KV (AT)
Otto Krause and Milan Loviska explore in their practice the potential of diverse performative formats and technologies to question established modes of perception and to inspire uncanny perspectives on relations of audience and performer while devising physically intensive, atmospheric and imaginative works that conceptually bridge various fields of arts, science and pop culture. They present their work at well-established venues, festivals and symposia around Europe and Asia. Coming from different academic and professional backgrounds, they both equally enrich their artistic practice with a particular set of skills and experiences. Otto Krause has a Master's degree in costume and stage design. His professional achievements span creations in film, theatre, performance and opera in Austria and abroad. Since 2014, he is also a University Lecturer in the Scenography department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Milan Loviska studied contemporary dance and performance in Prague and Amsterdam. Besides that, he holds a Master's degree in psychology. He has been collaborating with numerous international artists while creating own solo works that have toured across Europe.
Simula Research Lab oratory (NO)
Simula Research Lab oratory in Oslo is a non-profit, government-owned Norwegian research company. Its Media Performance Group (MPG) led the Norwegian StorIKT project Verdione where a vision of a distributed opera stage brought together various computer science fields with opera directors, singers, composers and writers. In the current project LADIO, MPG continues its successful collaboration with partners from the EU project POPART (Previz for On-set Production - Adaptive Realtime Tracking) where they developed the tracking technology used in the Third Life Project.
He is a Chief Research Scientist in the Media Department at Simula Research Laboratory, and a Professor at the University of Oslo. He received his Diploma in Computer Science from the University of Paderborn, Germany, in 1993. From 1993 to 1997, he worked at the IBM European Networking Center in Heidelberg, Germany. In 1997 he joined the Multimedia Communications Lab at Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, where he obtained his Doctoral degree in 2000. He joined the University of Oslo in 2000 and Simula Research Laboratory in 2005. He has participated in several European projects: RACE (CTA), ESPRIT 3 (Omhega), ESPRIT 4 (HyNoDe, Divan, Cosmos), FP6 (E-Next) and FP7 (RITE). His research interest is the performance of multimedia systems, ranging from operating system and protocol support to the understanding of the human experience.
MIH Media Lab, Stellenbosch University (ZAF)
The MIH Medialab is is a multi-disciplinary postgraduate research laboratory residing at the Stellenbosch University that is among South Africa's leading tertiary institutions. Computer Vision, AR and Massive Multiuser Virtual Environments have been a focus area of the laboratory. The MIH Media Lab emphasizes applied research, with projects that have a good chance of producing prototypes or proofs-of-concept that could eventually be commercialized. The research team consists of postgraduate students (mostly at Master's level, with a few Honours and PhD researchers).
He received his PhD in Electronic Engineering from Stellenbosch University, South Africa in 2007. He joined the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2004 and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Telecommunication and Signal Processing. He is also one of the directors of the MIH Media Lab, conducting research into distributed systems, specifically gaming systems and massive multiuser virtual environments. Dr Engelbrecht is a Member of the IEEE, and a Professional Member of the ACM.
Embedded Systems, University of Duisburg-Essen (DE)
The University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is one of the largest universities in Germany, with an excellent research record in engineering and computer science. The research group for embedded systems, led by the IoT expert Prof Gregor Schiele, is specializing in smart, adaptive systems that integrate dynamic 3D world models and embedded sensor/actuator devices in the global IoT.
Dr. Schiele received his Master and PhD from the University of Stuttgart, Germany in 2000 and 2007 respectively. From 2001 to 2006 he worked as a research assistant at the University of Stuttgart, before moving to the University of Mannheim in Germany as a senior researcher until 2012. From July 2012 to October 2014 he was working at NUIG, first at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), then at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics. Since November 2014 he is a professor for embedded systems at the University of Duisburg-Essen. He has published over 50 papers, articles and book chapters and is recognized internationally, e.g. serving in more than 50 international technical program committees and co- organizing a multitude of international events and conferences. He has participated in a number of international projects.
Alwyn Johannes Burger, M.Eng. has been employed as a researcher at Prof. Schiele's Embedded Systems group at the University of Duisburg-Essen since April 2015. He received his Bachelor's degree in electrical and electronic engineering at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 2012 with a focus on Robotics. In March 2015 he received his Master's degree in engineering from the University of Stellenbosch for his work on autonomous 3D mapping using stereovision. Alwyn's focus is on the development of embedded sensor/actuator devices that combine low energy operation with high performance computing bursts.