people at the center connecting with technology


Rapid Prototyping and User Centered Design
A unique offering of the FORUM is the opportunity to work with like minded professionals from other disciplines in a fast-paced atmosphere.

The Design Collaboration is your chance to try out techniques you may have only read about.


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S. Joy Mountford - FORUM Keynote Speaker
S. Joy Mountford has been designing and managing interface design efforts for over 25 years. Her experience encompasses a range of innovative and pioneering interface developments on different user systems from airplanes to PCs to consumer electronics. In 2000 she started her own interaction design company, idbias, which provides clients with UI design, prototyping expertise, as well as user evaluation. Her clients range from banks, libraries, museums to other service based industries. Between 1994-2000 she was a senior manager at Interval Research Corporation, leading application teams to develop new consumer based musical products. Previous to this, she was the manager of the highly acclaimed Human Interface Group at Apple Computer.

Joy initiated the international Interface Design Project in 1990 and has continued to successfully run it for 13 years, currently for Microsoft and Mattel. This has been a catalyst in setting up and funding various interdisciplinary courses at universities around the world. Such courses are aimed at encouraging both product and interaction designers, to work with engineering sciences and marketing skill sets. She teaches classes at various institutions and serves an elected board member of International Design Conference in Aspen.


Jim Miller
Jim Miller
"EXOCOG: An Experiment in Games and Storytelling"


Jim Miller, Principal of Miramontes Computing, has worked in the field of human-computer interaction for over 19 years. He has specialized in the development of interactive systems that provide exceptional creative power to their users, while maintaining exceptional ease of use. He is currently a consultant specializing in user-centered design, working with large and small companies to define customer-driven system requirements, prototype effective human interfaces to those systems, guide the prototype through the development process, and iteratively test and refine the final product.

Jim Budd Ron Wakkary
Jim Budd & Ron Wakkary
"A New Educational Model for Interactive Product Design: Validating Utility, Performance and Experience


Jim Budd & Ron Wakkary are Associate Professors in the Interaction Design Program in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. They have been jointly teaching a new capstone collaborative interdisciplinary studio course focused on the design development of interactive products, systems and services for the past two years. The course challenges combined teams of upper level undergraduate students in performance and media arts, information technologies and interaction design to develop innovative applications of new technologies from an initial concept through to a fully operational prototype.

Scappaticci Matt Cottam
Matt Cottam
"Reuse for New Uses"


Matt received Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Industrial Design degrees from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Since 1998 Matt has been the core instructor of the Structured Multimedia Module of the International Certificate Program in New Media at the Fraunhofer Center for Research in Computer Graphics. Since 1999 he has been a member of the faculty at RISD; he teaches digital media and human-computer interaction design for the departments of Industrial Design, Graphic Design, Photography, and The Digital Media Graduate Program. With Krzysztof Lenk, Matt has lectured and led workshops on topics including information design, human-computer interaction design, and Web accessibility for audiences with special needs. Matt specializes in human-computer interface design technology and methodology.

Hari Nair
Hari Nair
"Technology Mediation Landscape"


Hari Nair has more than twenty years experience in American academia as an educator, new media pioneer, technology strategist and visionary, having helped the academic transformation process at three major institutions in the US, namely University of Cincinnati, Rhode Island School of Design and Emerson College. He has acted as a catalyst for the technology integration process for a variety of curricula. Hari Nair served as a UN Consultant (UNISTAR) for the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi. Mr. Nair has an M.I.D.from Syracuse University, NY and D.I.I.T. from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in addition to a BE Kerala University.

Maria Laura Martinez
Maria Laura Martinez, José Luiz Proença, Roseli de Deus Lopes
"A web design method based on usability applied to an online University News Agency"


MARIA LAURA MARTINEZ, a native of Uruguay and long time resident of Brazil, has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Sao Paulo (USP), and holds the position of research scientist in the Integrated Systems Laboratory (LSI) of USP's Electronic Systems Engineering Department. Since 1998, she has also held a teaching position in the University's Journalism and Publishing Department of the Communications and Arts School. Her research interests include computer human interfaces, web design, online journalism, hypermedia systems, online information technologies, usability engineering and distance learning. She is an active member of the board of Web Design.

Pascal Salazar-Ferrer Jean-Michel Marteau
Pascal Salazar-Ferrer & Jean-Michel Marteau
"Designing a 3D Input Device For Interventional Radiology"


Pascal is senior ergonomist at GE Healthcare where he designs user interfaces in medical imaging from review workstation software to products for image acquisition. Between 1991-2000 he was a human factor specialist at Technicatome doing human reliability analysis and designing new man machine interfaces for monitoring and accident management in nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and submarines. He also worked as a R&D human factor expert in biomedical programs for the French Space Agency (CNES) in defense programs and in transportation.

Jean-Michel is a Senior industrial designer at GE Healthcare (Global Design Europe) since 1998, working on Xray, Vascular and Ultrasound Modalities. He is also 3D CAD specialist for rendering and 3D animation. He was previously CAD designer at Matra-Nortel Telecommunication (phone, mobile phone, web-phone) and Graphic designer at 3M Automotive.

Judee Humburg
Judee Humburg & Craig Boyle
"The Desktop in Context: It's Not about the PC"


Judee Humburg is a principal in JL Humburg Associates/JLHA, a user experience research and design consultancy specializing in field and ethnographic data gathering that translate to business results. JLHA helps product teams understand and design for user needs and goals derived from the context of everyday behavior. Judee has over 20 years experience in user-centered design practices as both an internal and external consultant on web, software, mobile and voice recognition platforms.


Prof. Ron Nabarro - Design Collaboration Facilitator
Ron Nabarro 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.

Mr. Leo Frishberg - Design Collaboration Facilitator
Leo Frishberg is Senior Information Architect for White Horse, an interactive services agency in Portland, Oregon, USA, where he is responsible for designing Web site visitor experiences. 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. For the past 4 years, Frishberg has served as Program Chair for CHIFOO (Computer Human Interaction Forum of Oregon) the Portland-based Local Chapter of the SIGCHI. Frishberg is a licensed Architect, with an M.Arch from SCI-ARC.