Sunday June 24th, 2012
Frank Summers - Dr. Frank Summers is an Outreach Astrophysicist for the Hubble Space Telescope. While his job involves presenting the wonders of astronomy through news, media, web sites, educational programs, museums and more, his specialty is cinematic scientific visualizations of research data and supercomputer simulations. Dr. Summers is a writer, science advisor, and scientific visualization supervisor on the IMAX film "Hubble 3D". His work can also be seen in the Academy Award nominated IMAX film "Cosmic Voyage". In addition, he was a curator for the re-birth of New York's Hayden Planetarium in 2000, and his 24 lecture DVD course on the solar system is available as one of the "Great Courses" from the Teaching Company.
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
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
Eric Hanson- A visual effects designer specializing in the creation of digital environments and effects for feature films, Eric Hanson has worked with noted visual effects houses such as Digital Domain, Sony Imageworks, Dream Quest Images, and Walt Disney Feature Animation. His credits include The Fifth Element (1997), Bicentennial Man (1999), Cast Away (2000), Hollow Man (2000), Mission to Mars (2000), Spider-Man (2002) and Atlantis as well as many special-venue films. Buy the SETIcon II Interview DVD
John Gertz, SETI Institute Chairman is the president and CEO of Zorro Productions, Inc., which he founded in 1977. He has been responsible for four Zorro motion pictures including Zorro, the Gay Blade (1982), The Mask of Zorro (1998), and The Legend of Zorro (2005), the last two starring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta -Jones. Also under his tenure, five different ZORRO TV series have been produced, as well as about twenty ZORRO stage productions.