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Building a First Class International Event
The FORUM Steering Committee and Program Committee members have been working for over 18 months to bring a first class meeting together in Vienna.

Nancy Frishberg - FORUM Steering / Program Committee Nancy Frishberg (Steering Committee Co-chair / Program Committee Member) promotes user centered software design within Sun Microsystems' Software organization. Prior to joining Sun in December 2000, she was Executive Director of New Media Centers, a non-profit organization bridging university faculty and commercial organizations offering technology products for enhancing teaching and learning. Her work experience also includes faculty or research roles in several universities, a consulting practice on disability access, and industry positions with Apple Computer and IBM. Frishberg holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of California at San Diego. Leo is Nancy's brother.
Leo Frishberg - FORUM Steering / Program Committee As a Senior Information Architect with White Horse, Leo Frishberg (Steering Committee Co-chair / Program Committee Member) is responsible for designing the user experience for Web site visitors. In addition, Frishberg is Principal of Phase II, a user-centered design consultancy. Prior to joining White Horse, he was Vice President of Cliffside Software, Inc. publisher of Plan AHEAD, the world's first emergency management exercise development tool. For 20 years, his professional life has focused on enhancing the user experience with architectural, software, hardware and web projects. Frishberg is a licensed Architect, with an M.Arch from SCI-ARC. Nancy is Leo's sister.
Kathryn Saunders - Program Committee Kathryn Saunders (Program Committee Member) is the Creative Director of Kathryn Saunders Design Inc., a multidisciplinary practice concentrating on multimedia and exhibition design in Toronto, Ontario. She was Emerging Technologies Chair for SIGGRAPH 99 in Los Angeles, helped create Toronto’s Digital Media Institute and was the Creative Director of Digital Media at the Royal Ontario Museum. Internationally known for her media installations, Saunders has just completed the exhibits for the new Art and Technology Museum outside Toronto. She is currently participating in an international research effort to investigate the architectonic and artistic possibilities of Nanbiotechnology producing a responsive and sensorial multimedia environment to conclude her findings. She received her professional degree in Architecture from the University of Waterloo.
Prof. Vesna Popovic, Program Committee Chair Vesna Popovic, PhD (Program Committee Member) is Associate Professor in Industrial design at the Queensland University of Technology where she is responsible for the development of the Industrial design discipline. Her research interests are in the areas of: design (product design), interactivity and useability, design theory; research in design thinking and knowledge; human – interfaces and design and applied design research. She is a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia, Member of Human Factors Society (USA), Ergonomic Society of Australia and Design Research Society (UK). She was the Executive Member of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID), Education Chair 1997 – 2001. Since 2001 she has been an ICSID adviser. She has been an International Corresponding Council Member of the Design Research Society since 2002.
Prof. Ron Nabarro, Program Committee Chair Ron Nabarro (Program Committee Member) is a Professor of Industrial design at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, where he is the head of the graduate program in Industrial Design and Design Management. Prior to joining the Institute, he was dean of the School of Design and Art at the Holon Academic Institute of Technology. He was an executive board member of ICSID (the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design) from 1999 to 2003. Nabarro is a practicing designer since 1970, Founder and director of Innovation Design ltd.(1973), founder and director of Design4all (2001) and co-founder and co-director of Senior-Touch ltd (2003). His principle areas of interest are research design for the third age and the elderly, user interface and usability, design education; design management, green design. He is a frequent presenter in design conferences and seminars and the writer of articles on design management, design for the elderly, consumer values and green design for business periodicals and business daily papers.
Anke de Jong, Program Committee Anke de Jong (Program Committee Member) studied industrial design at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. After 3 years at Philips Design she spent the rest of her stay in Holland consulting for large Dutch companies, writing articles for Industrial Design & Items magazine and teaching workshops and classes at both the Delft ID program as well as the then brand new interaction design program at the Hilversum School of the Arts. In 1994 adventure called, and she made the jump over the ocean to become part of Apple Computer's design team. Anke has been running Ruby Slippers design consulting for the past 7 years. Her client list includes all the big name technology companies in the Bay Area (a fact of which she's very proud) and some fun small ones as well. Currently she's getting her feet wet introducing a new product line for the home, since she's fed up with the poor design quality of the stuff she can find in the stores in the US.