Gaming the Future: Science and Video Games

Sunday June 24th, 2012
4:15 pm
Ballroom B

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Chris Ford - Chris Ford is currently RenderMan Business Director at Pixar Animation Studios with over 20 years experience in computer graphics software development and media production technology. Formerly at Autodesk, Alias, Silicon Graphics, and Wavefront Technologies, Chris has been the Product Manager for most of the modeling, animation, and rendering software tools used in professional feature film special effects, animation, and space and astronomical visualization. Chris is also President of the Mount Diablo Astronomical Society, a member of the Board of Directors of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), and an astro-photographer. Buy Chris Ford's SETIcon II Interview DVD
Gabriel Alvarado-Marín - a web designer, illustrator and animator working at the SETI Institute. His current projects include the creation of a website and supporting illustrations aimed at introducing astronomy concepts to children, graphics for an iphone game presently in the works and the concepts for two additional SETI-flavored games. He has a BFA in animation from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Jon Richards - works on the Allen Telescope Array (ATA) software and hardware control systems. This involves maintaining and improving the software that operates the 42 - 6 meter receiving dishes, maintaining and developing electronic controls, and developing/improving the software that analyzes the received data for signals. Jon is also working on the SETILive project, tying the data gathering and analysis system at the ATA to the cloud infrastructure.
Jonathan Fay - a software developer and passionate amateur astronomer who develops software for Astronomy, imaging and visualization. He is the Principal Software Architect for WorldWide Telescope at Microsoft Research. In the four years since WorldWide Telescope has launched is has been used by more than 7 million people ranging from students to astronomy researchers and on platforms ranging from web browsers to giant full-dome digital planetariums. Buy Jonathan Fay's  SETIcon II Interview DVD


Rob French -spends his days at the SETI Institute studying the origin and evolution of the rings and moons of the outer planets.  With graduate degrees in both Astronomy and Computer Science and more than 20 years experience in commercial software development, he is especially interested in ways of automating the analysis of the terabytes of data returned by modern spacecraft.  An avid speaker and educator, Robert never misses an opportunity to share his enthusiasm for space exploration with the general public.