Keynote Speakers

David Oh David Oh
Senior Systems Engineer, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Wednesday, 05 December 2018
11:00AM - 12:45PM
Hall C, Level 1
<Opening, CAF Awards Ceremony before>

David Oh is a Senior Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) who has worked on missions to the Moon, Mars, Asteroid Belt, and beyond. David joined JPL in 2003, led the cross-cutting systems engineering team that designed and tested the avionics, thermal, and communications systems for the Curiosity Mars Rover, and was the rover’s Lead Flight Director through launch, cruise, and early surface operations. Prior to coming to JPL, David spent seven years working on Earth orbiting communications satellites at Space Systems/Loral. David received an Sc.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 1997, and Bachelor’s degrees in Astronautics and in Music from MIT in 1991. Today, David is the Project Systems Engineering manager for one of the newest additions to NASA's Discovery mission portfolio: “Psyche: Journey to a Metal World.” This mission will use electric propulsion to visit a type of world never before explored: a 200-km diameter asteroid made almost entirely of metal.

David Oh Erik Demaine
Professor in Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Thursday, 06 December 2018
11:45AM - 12:45PM
Hall C, Level 1

Erik Demaine is a Professor in Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Demaine's research interests range throughout algorithms, from data structures for improving web searches to the geometry of understanding how proteins fold to the computational difficulty of playing games. He received a MacArthur Fellowship as a “computational geometer tackling and solving difficult problems related to folding and bending—moving readily between the theoretical and the playful, with a keen eye to revealing the former in the latter”. He appears in the origami documentaries Between the Folds and NOVA's The Origami Revolution, cowrote a book about the theory of folding (Geometric Folding Algorithms), and a book about the computational complexity of games (Games, Puzzles, and Computation). Together with his father Martin, his interests span the connections between mathematics and art, including curved-crease sculptures in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Renwick Gallery in the Smithsonian.

David Oh Kaname Hayashi
CEO & Founder, GROOVE X, Inc.

Friday, 07 December, 2018
11:00AM - 12:45PM
Hall C, Level 1
<Closing Ceremony & Opening to SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 before>

Kaname Hayashi started his career at Toyota Motor and engaged in development project for Toyota’s first supercar “LFA”. He also developed aerodynamic designs of F1 (Formula 1) both in Japan and Germany. After managing development of mass-produced models at Toyota, he joined Masayoshi Son’s Next-Generation Leadership program “Softbank Academia”. He then joined Softbank in 2012 and he was a core member of developing personal robot “Pepper”and founded GrooveX in 2015 and now developing a home robot “LOVOT”. “LOVOT” is planned to be announced at the end of 2018.


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