IxDA Silicon Valley Event :: Life Beyond Embodiment :: Wednesday, March 21st

23 Feb 2007 - 6:08pm
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IxDA Silicon Valley Event: Life Beyond Embodiment
Presentation by Leandro Agrò

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Socializing and refreshments: 7-7:30 pm
Program: 7:30-9:30 pm
Place: Yahoo!, Sunnyvale
Directions: http://www.baychi.org/calendar/20070321a/directions/

Some years ago, Paul Dourish introduced the concept of embodiment, which
describes the distance between bytes and atoms. Leandro will speak about how
an Italian company is working to reduce this distance, by creating emotional
virtual agents to move bytes toward atoms on one side, while moving atoms
toward bytes, Second Life's human users, on the other.

:: Leandro Agrò has more than 10 years of experience as an interaction
designer and manager of IxD teams. With extensive experience in multimodal
interfaces based on eyetracking, he recently was seduced by the potential of
virtual assistants with human-like behaviors. Leandro studied interaction
design at the Domus Academy, in Milan, Italy—working on the '97 Apple Design
Project. He is actively involved with the Milano Bicocca University,
TorVergata University, Siena University, and others. Leandro is a prolific
writer on topics from IxD, usability, and UX to natural, multimodal user
interfaces. He is the founder of Idearium.org, the first Italian
eZine/community for UX designers and co-producer of the Interaction
Frontiers conference. For more information, see Leandro's blog,

Co-sponsors of this event:

* IxDA (Interaction Design Association) Silicon Valley Face to Face

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