Prof. Stefan Rueger — Founder, Director
Stefan Rüger read Physics at Freie Universität Berlin and gained his PhD in Computer Science at Technische Universität Berlin (1996) on the Theory of Neural Networks. During the next decade he carved out his academic career from postdoc to Reader researching multimedia information retrieval at Imperial College London, University of London, where he also held an
EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship (1999-2004). In 2006 Stefan became a Professor of Knowledge Media when he joined The Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute to cover the area of Multimedia and Information Systems. He currently holds an Honorary Professorship from the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and has held Visiting Fellowships at Imperial College London and Cranfield University, UK. Stefan is interested in the intellectual challenge of visual processing with a view to automated multimedia understanding and has worked as a consultant for data mining and information management projects.
Prof. Frederic Fol Leymarie — Founder, Director
Frederic Fol Leymarie, a professor of Computing, is the co-director and co-founder (in 2008) of the post-graduate program in Computer Games and Entertainment at Goldsmiths, University of London. On the research front, Frederic is developing a mathematical language for shape representation with potential for applications in various domains and industries, from the Arts and Performance areas to Biology, Medicine, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Architecture, and more. He is the co-founder of London Geometry (in 2011), a leading consultancy, providing professional training for the games industry and developing serious games solutions.
Frederic did his studies in the realm of A.I. first at McGill University, Canada (at the Center for Intelligent Machines) and then at Brown University, USA (in the Engineering Division), where he was co-founder of the SHAPE Lab (in 2000).
Dr. Vesna Petresin, Founder
Vesna Petresin is a transdisciplinary artist and thinker. She has a practice composing and performing with sound, light, rhythm, space, movement, text and code.
Currently a Visiting Fellow with Goldsmiths College, University of London, and an Artist-in-Residence with ZKM Media Arts Centre in Karlsruhe, Vesna earned her PhD for research on temporal aspects of composition in architecture, art and music. In 2004 she co-founded the London-based art collective and think-tank Rubedo, investigating aesthetics, complex geometry, optics and acoustics, through performance, installation and artefact.
Vesna’s practice explores embodiment, transformation, manipulation of time and movement, synaesthesia in syncretic art, alongside the barriers between the intimate and the public sphere. Her work aims at at taking art out of the ‘white cube’ to an immersive experience exploring the concept of time in relation to body, movement, space and emotions.
She has exhibited and performed at Tate Modern, ArtBasel Miami, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Academy of Arts, Venice Biennale, Cannes International Film Festival, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, CERN, Sydney Opera House, Vienna Secession, World Architecture Festival and Beijing Architecture Biennale.
Vesna also acted as Industry Advisor to Goldsmiths College [Topology Research Unit], Bath University, and received industry and arts grants (British Council, UK Govt. Department of Innovation, Business and Skills, Arts Council, Crafts Council), as well as patents in engineering.
She has been a lecturer and public speaker (UCL, Goldsmiths, Central Saint Martins, Architectural Association, ZKM among others), published internationally (Thames & Hudson, Springer, John Wiley & Academy) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Dr. Prashant Aparajeya, Founder
Prashant Aparajeya (PhD Uni. of London, 2016) is a researcher in computer vision at Goldsmiths, University of London. He joined the team of Prof Frederic Fol Leymarie in early 2012 and became part of the EU FET project CEEDs (The Collective Experience of Empathic Data Systems). He completed his Master’s of Technology (MTech) in Intelligent System at the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, India in 2011, with a focus on Computer Vision and Intelligent Systems. His research revolves around mathematical modeling of shape (inspired by the pshychophysical theory on human vision and perception), pose and movement computing through 2D static images and videos, information retrieval, machine learning and shape psychology. He has worked as a consultant for web application and database designing projects.