Jun Rekimoto received his Ph.D. in Information Science from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1996. Since 1994 he has worked for Sony Computer Science Laboratories (Sony CSL). In 1999 he formed and directed the Interaction Laboratory within Sony CSL. Since 2007 he has been a professor in the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies at The University of Tokyo. Since 2011 he also has been Deputy Director of Sony CSL. Rekimoto’s research interests include human-computer interaction, computer augmented environments, human augmentation, and human-AI-integration. He invented various innovative interactive systems and sensing technologies, including NaviCam (a hand-held AR system), Pick-and-Drop (a direct-manipulation technique for inter-appliance computing), CyberCode (the world’s first marker-based AR system), Augmented Surfaces, HoloWall, and SmartSkin (two earliest representations of multi-touch systems). He is a member of the ACM SIGCHI Academy, is very widely published and won numerous research and design awards for his research.
Brooke White is head of the UX Research and Consumer Insights teams at Verizon Media (Yahoo + AOL + HuffPost + tumblr + more!), leading talented teams of product researchers and market researchers on all of the consumer products and advertising platforms. Founded and led user research practices for three different companies: Yahoo/Verizon, Disney and Volition/THQ. Decades of leadership experience span research, marketing and production in mobile, desktop and console consumer electronic entertainment. At Disney Interactive, White was senior manager for Games User Research Mobile & Social Games group. She has been credited with “constantly advocating for the user and [being] very influential in bringing a culture of research and testing to Yahoo”.