2012 SPEAKERS

Our wonderful speakers for TEDxConstitutionDrive 2012:

 

Beau Lewis

Beau Lewis

producer of American Hipster
“The American Hipster”
Beau Lewis is the co-founder and head of business for Seedwell Digital Creative Studios, where he is currently studying Hipsters for the upcoming production, American Hipster (featured on NPR and backed by YouTube). Lewis is a passionate spokesman for emerging media, who enjoys applying his imagination and technical background to dream up new ways of telling stories. Beau grew up in Seattle, starting his career as a program manager in tech (Microsoft, Zillow), before pursuing his passion as a producer of film (Salaam Dunk) and a captivator of online audiences. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering from Stanford University.
Alice Parker

Alice Parker

synthetic neuroscientist and expert on the synthetic brain
“From Electrons to Identity: Reverse Engineering the Brain”
After reading her mother’s college psychology textbook from cover to cover, Alice Parker became fascinated by the brain – a fascination she postponed for many years while receiving her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University, and afterwards as a Professor, first at Carnegie Mellon University, and for the last two and a half decades at the University of Southern California. Along the way, she cofounded the field of high-level synthesis of digital systems with colleagues at CMU, was Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies at USC, and participated in the DARPA Grand Challenge for Autonomous Vehicles. In 2006, she launched the BioRC Biomimetic Real-time Cortex project, and soon received NSF funding for the project. The BioRC project was the first group to incorporate carbon nanotube transistors into a working synapse, and they are a leading group in incorporating nanotechnology into artificial neurons. The BioRC project was the first project to incorporate electronic glial cell interactions with artificial neurons. Professor Parker just completed teaching a project course for engineering undergraduates on alternative energy. In her free time, she performs volunteer work for the South Central Scholars and for charities supported by singer Josh Groban’s Find Your Light Foundation.
Buff Giurlani

Buff Giurlani

entrepreneur and founder of the unique classic car warehouse and winery Auto-Vino
“Bringing together a classic car warehouse & winery”
Along with his business partners, Buff conceived the idea of starting a storage facility for both fine Automobiles and Wines and created AutoVino. AutoVino and Woodside Vineyards now share a common home at 205 Constitution Drive in Menlo Park. The idea of including a winery in the business model captured the imaginations of Buff, Dick, and Bob. It took a while to work out the details, but the new partners are motivated to take Woodside Vineyards to the next level.
Brian Christian

Brian Christian

poet and author of best-selling The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive
“The Most Human Human”
Brian Christian is the author of The Most Human Human, which has been named a Wall Street Journal bestseller, a New Yorker favorite book of 2011, and translated into 10 languages. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, Wired, The Guardian, The Paris Review, Gizmodo, AGNI, Gulf Coast, Best New Poets, and in scientific journals such as Cognitive Science. Christian has been featured on The Charlie Rose Show and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and has lectured at Google, Microsoft, the Santa Fe Institute, and the London School of Economics. His work has won several awards, including fellowships at Yaddo, the MacDowell Company, and an award from the Academy of American Poets. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Christian holds degrees in philosophy, computer science, and poetry from Brown University and the University of Washington. He lives in Philadelphia.
Martin Steinert

Martin Steinert

researcher at the Stanford Center for Design Research
“Engineering Design: Creativity AND Analysis”
Martin Steinert, Acting Assistant Professor ME, is Deputy Director of the Center for Design Research (CDR) and of the Hasso Plattner Design Thinking Research Program (HPDTRP) at Stanford University. His research focuses on optimizing the intersection between engineering, new product development, and the design process. He got hooked on Design Thinking when he spent some time at CDR in 2008 as a visiting scholar. In 2009, he continued to explore the field by joining the Product Design and Development group of Prof. Warren Seering, PhD at MIT, again for a semester as visiting scholar. Martin fully “converted” to Design Thinking Research by joining Stanford in April 2010 as Deputy Director of CDR. His special interest is combining empirical research methods of quantitative and qualitative nature to create comprehensive research designs. The usual suspects are disruptive technologies or innovations induced such technology and the fuzzy front-end of product design and development.
Duleesha Kulasooriya

Duleesha Kulasooriya

head of research at the big-thinking Center for the Edge
“Identity as a Barrier to Growth”
Duleesha leads research at the Center for the Edge – a Silicon Valley-based think tank exploring the edges of business and technology. Over the past few years, the Center has explored how the world is changing in very dramatic ways as a result of ever-evolving digital infrastructure, liberalizing public policy, and its implications to us as individuals and institutions. Duleesha led the team to design and develop the Shift Index, a new set of metrics to supplement current economic indicators in assessing the rate of change in the world around us. He has also led research on the use of Social Software to drive business performance, pathways to moving from static to dynamic performance ecosystems, and rethinking the role of firm and individuals in the form of institutional innovation. Duleesha was born and grew up in Sri Lanka and now lives in San Francisco with his Singaporean wife, rambunctious two year-old, and two cats.
Rolf Rando

Rolf Rando

Founder and CEO of ImageChef/Tunetug
“Different from the Others: Ways Teen Girls Forge Online Identity”
Rolf Rando is the founder and CEO of ImageChef Incorporated, which operates the imagechef.com photo creativity community. The company has over 2.5 million monthly users from around the world that use the site’s simple tools to express themselves visually. Rolf’s background is in computer graphics. He was co-founder and CTO of ThinkFish Productions, which in 1996 created one of the first commercial non-photorealistic 3D rendering systems. The technology, which allowed architects to represent 3D building designs in a series of hand-drawn styles, won Innovation of the Year award from Computer Graphics World magazine. Rolf has also worked for a variety of Bay Area online and mobile technology companies, and has built interactive 3D art used in productions at New York’s Lincoln Center and around the world. Rolf holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is an avid skier.
Eric Drooker

Eric Drooker

painter, graphic novelist, frequent cover artist for The New Yorker, and animation designer for “Howl”, a film based on the epic Allen Ginsberg poem
“Eric Drooker: Native New York Artist”
Eric Drooker is a painter and graphic novelist, born and raised on Manhattan Island. He’s the award-winning author of Flood! and Blood Song. For many years Drooker was a street artist, well known for his provocative posters, which were plastered on city lampposts and walls. His paintings now appear on covers of The New Yorker and hang in numerous collections. He collaborated with the Beat poet Allen Ginsberg on the book, Illuminated Poems, and later designed the animation for the movie, Howl.
John Murray

John Murray

director of Cybernetics & Human Systems at SRI International
“The Future of Identity: New Research Ideas at SRI”
Dr. John Murray is a Program Director in the Computer Science Laboratory at SRI International. His research interests encompass interactive collaborative systems, computer gaming, cognitive ergonomics, and human-machine systems. He has led many innovative interdisciplinary systems research and development projects both in academia and in industry, and has held technical leadership and executive management positions at several international corporations. His technical experience includes data fusion and diagnostic modeling in complex networked systems, software architecture, smart product design, and mobile wearable computer systems. The primary applications of his work have been in mobile communications, medical equipment, transportation infrastructure, and information systems. Prior to joining SRI, Dr. Murray was VP of New Ventures at Pemstar Pacific, an innovative Silicon Valley engineering design firm. Dr. Murray is a Fellow of the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology, holds several patents, and has authored numerous journal publications and papers. He has received advanced degrees from Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland; Stanford University, and the University of Michigan, where he was also an adjunct faculty member.
Luke Griswold-Tergis

Luke Griswold-Tergis

producer of documentary Smokin’ Fish and maker of smoked fish
“Smokin’ Fish”
Luke Griswold-Tergis is a filmmaker based in San Francisco part of the time and Haines, Alaska part of the time. He only started calling himself a filmmaker about three months after when he finished his first film, Smokin’ Fish. He was raised by his mom, alongside dogs, chickens, goats, raccoons and coyotes in a small cabin with no phone, electricity, or running water at the end of a long dirt road in Northern California. He studied Anthropology at UC Santa Cruz and has lived abroad in several countries. Before filmmaking, he had a wide range of jobs from commercial fisherman to carpenter to getting textiles printed in India, but whenever possible, has sought gainful unemployment. Filmmaking interests Luke because it combines the workload of managing a business with the income of being unemployed. Luke, along with his friend Cory, started on this film about six years ago, and it is just now finished.
Freddy Clarke

Freddy Clarke & Friends

magical and humorous composer & guitarist (with master dan tranh player & Emmy Award winner Vanessa Vo
“Until then, it’s a Wobby World”
Born in Fresno, California, Freddy studied classical guitar at San Francisco State University with Rani Cochran and privately with Narcisso Yepes, Rey De La Torre and Leo Brower. He studied composition with Gus Gustavson, Roger Nixon, and Peter Sacco with an emphasis on form and technique. Igor Stravinski and John Cage are two influences who have helped shape his vision; Stravinski for his creative approach to unusual instrumental combinations and sonorities and John Cage for his fascination with random events superseding preconceived notions allowing freedom of expression through improvisation. No composition is ever “finished” Acoustic meeting the electronic — sounds taken from another place and time, then reintegrated into the present — is a relatively new concept utilizing digital samplers and drum machines. Freddy’s dad built 50 flamenco and classical guitars, the first one being his favourite and most used on his solo recordings. His mother, Peal Clarke, is an exceptional singer specializing in Mexican folk songs. They have recorded a CD together titled “Recuerdos De Mi Mama”. Freddy’s solo performances and original compositions have been likened to “Segovia on acid” and “the Kenny G of flamenco guitar” and “Smashing Pumpkins meets Gypsy Kings”.

Van-Anh Vanessa Vo devotes her life-long passion and mastery of the dan tranh zither to the creation of distinctive music blended with a cultural essence that can only come from this unique Vietnamese instrument. Among her accomplishments are the 2009 Emmy® Award-winning soundtrack for the documentary “Bolinao 52”, which she co-composed and recorded, and the soundtrack for the Sundance best documentary and 2003 Academy Awards® nominee “Daughter from Danang”. Van-Anh also co-composed and recorded for the recent documentary “A Village Called Versailles”, winner of the New Orleans Film Festival Audience Award. Van-Anh began studying dan tranh from the age of four, graduated with distinction from and taught at the Vietnam Academy of Music. In 1995, Van-Anh won the championship in the Vietnam National Dan Tranh Competition along with the first prize for best solo performance of modern folk music. She has since performed in more than fourteen countries and recorded in many broadcast programs inside and outside of Vietnam. Her first CD “Twelve Months, Four Seasons” was released in 2002. In addition to dan tranh, Van-Anh also performs as soloist on the monochord (bau), the 36-string hammered dulcimer (dan tam thap luc), the bamboo xylophone (dan t’rung), the k’longput, traditional drums (trong), and Chinese guzheng. She lives and teaches dan tranh and other Vietnamese
traditional instruments in Fremont, California.

Douglas Kenrick

Douglas Kenrick

netpsychologist and author of “Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life”
“Sex, Murder and Self-Actualization”
Douglas T. Kenrick is the author of “Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life”, in which a psychologist investigates how evolution, cognition, and complexity are revolutionizing our view of human nature. Following the trajectory of his closest male relatives, who all spent time in Sing Sing, Kenrick was expelled from two high schools and very nearly thrown out of the local community college. He broke with family tradition, however, straightened out, went on to get a Ph.D. and become a professor of social psychology. He has since authored over 180 scientific articles, books, and book chapters on topics ranging from everyday homicidal fantasies to the links between sex, religion, conspicuous consumption, and self-actualization. His research attempts to integrate three great syntheses of the last few decades: evolutionary psychology, cognitive science, and dynamical systems theory. Kenrick’s research has been covered in various outlets, including New York Times magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Fortune. He has appeared in numerous documentaries on the BBC. the Discover channel, and on the Oprah Winfrey Show..
Kaliya Hamlin

Kaliya Hamlin

co-founder of the Internet Identity Workshop
“The Social Construction of Identity and the Need for Limited Liability Personas”
Kaliya Hamlin, known as “Identity Woman”, is the Executive Director of the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium. In 2005, she co-founded the world’s leading industry forum focused on user-centric digital identity, the Internet Identity Workshop. Seeing the emerging possibility of individuals collecting, managing and gaining value from their personal data generated as they interact with all kinds of digital systems, she founded the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium in 2010 to catalyze industry development and collaboration. She is advising the World Economic Forum’s Rethinking Personal Data project and last summer presented at the (US) National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace Privacy Workshop. She sits on the OASIS IDTrust member steering committee and is active in the Federated Social Web which recently moved its work to the W3C. You can see a complete list of industry affiliations and conferences she has founded here: http://www.identitywoman.net/about-kaliya/industry-affiliations
Danil Kozyatnikov

Danil Kozyatnikov

CEO and Founder of Questli
“Distinctiveness as a Tool for Success”
Danil is a CEO and Founder of Questli. He was born and raised in the middle of nowhere – a small town at the edge of Siberia where no English is spoken. He faced many obstacles on his journey from Angarsk to Silicon Valley, including knowing absolutely no one in the industry, but by the time Danil received his Engineering degree in Computer Science and Applied Math from Novosibirsk State Technical University, he already ran a social gaming company with nine employees. His English is the product of sheer focus and concentration over nine months at the University of San Diego. Danil has “never thought about getting a job” because he looks forward to running his own companies and generating new ideas.
Laura PeticolasChuck Striplen

Laura Peticolas & Chuck Striplen

scientists/educators
“Tribal & Scientist Identities”
Dr. Laura Peticolas is the Director of the Center for Science Education, housed at the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. She has been studying the aurora (on Earth, Mars, and Io) and teaching physics to undergraduates, K-12 teachers, and the public for over 10 years. She is involved with many NASA large-scale and small-scale education and public outreach programs. She also works with the Indigenous Education Institute (IEI) on an NSF informal science education professional development project bringing together multiple world-views to create awareness of science and other cultural ways of understanding environmental change, Earth and the Universe. Laura received a B.A. degree from the University of Oregon in physics and mathematics. In August 2000, she received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, after studying how auroral electrons caused the light of a specific type of aurora known as flickering aurora.

Mr. Striplen received a double B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz in 1992, his MS from UC Berkeley in 2011, and is currently a PhD candidate in the Environmental Science, Policy and Management at Cal. An avid student of landscape history and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), Mr. Striplen adds another layer of complexity to the Historical Ecology Program’s analysis of the physical and ecological characteristics of the region’s wetlands, creeks, and terrestrial habitats prior to major Euro-American colonization. Through the use of early historical documents, oral histories, and other ethno-ecological sources, Mr. Striplen contributes analyses of Native Californian resource management that shaped the landscape first encountered by European explorers. Mr. Striplen joined SFEI’s Historical Ecology Team in March of 2002.