Maureen FURNISS

Professor, California Institute of the Arts

[Keynote] Playing with Process. Imagination and Technology in Animated Works
Dr. Maureen Furniss is on the faculty at California Institute of the Arts, where she is Program Director of Experimental Animation. She is the founding editor of Animation Journal and a founding member and past Chairman of the Board of the Society for Animation Studies. Her research interests are in short form animation, including both industrial and independently-produced arts-oriented work. Her writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and she has been a keynote speaker and member of the jury at various conferences and festivals. Her books, including Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics and The Animation Bible, have been used worldwide. Her forthcoming book, A New History of Animation, will be published by Thames & Hudson in North America in 2016, followed by an international edition, Animation: A Global History, in 2017.
Jae-Cheol MOON

Professor, Chung-Ang University

[Keynote] Imagination of Animation, beyond the Border of Cultural Identity
Jae-Cheol MOON obtained Ph.D. at Chung-Ang University in the field of Korean Film Study. Currently, he is a professor at Graduate School of Advanced Imaging Science, Multimedia & Film of Chung-Ang University. He teaches subjects related to Film Theory and Animation Aesthetics. He served in the Editorial Board of Association of Image and Film studies, Korean Film Association and the Korean Society of Cartoon and Animation studies. At present, he is in charge of President of Korean Film Association. His recent research is focused on the correlation between Digital Technology and Animation and he is publishing papers relevant to this subject.
Paul WELLS

Professor/Director ,
the Animation Academy, Loughborough University

[Keynote] Life, Animated – Crossing Distance and Discipline in Animated Media
Professor Paul Wells is Director of the Animation Academy, Loughborough University, UK and Chair of the Association of British Animation Collections. He has published widely in Animation and Screenwriting Studies, including his most recent books, ‘Animation, Sport & Culture’ and ‘Fundamentals of Animation’ (2nd Edition). He is also an established writer and director in film, TV, radio and theatre, and conducts consultancies and workshops worldwide based on his book ‘Screenwriting’. His most recent film is a documentary – ‘Whispers & Wererabbits: Clare Jennings’ – and he is currently writing a feature script and a collection of short stories.
Dong Eun LEE

Professor, Catholic University of Korea

Metaphorical imagination and storytelling in short animations
Dong Eun Lee is a professor of Culture Contents of the Department of Media Technology and Media Contents at Catholic University of Korea. She is currently teaching Storytelling, Creation Theory, Planning Theory and Analysis Theory dealing with diverse media such as animations, movies and games. She served as a Line Producer of “My Beautiful Girl, Mari”, the full-length animated film which won Grand Prix in Annecy International Animated Film Festival for the first time as a Korean work. She also carried out producing works as a Korean provider of “Second Life”, the world’s largest virtual world. She is a former judge of Story Public Contest of Korea Creative Content Agency and New Writer Literature Award of Bucheon. She is committed to active writing ranging a variety of subjects and is researching interactive storytelling of various media of the digital era. Among her publication lists, there are “Educational methodology of digital storytelling of Department of Culture Contents”, “Meta-story imagination and character-focused storytelling model”, “Cultural revolution of synesthesia and strategic study of storytelling of 3D animated film”, “Revival of mythological thinking and digital game storytelling”, “Development prospect of augmented reality service based on scenario technique” and “Understanding of storytelling of Transmedia(co-author)”.
Hannes RALL

Professor, Nanyang Technological University

Re-Inventing Reiniger: Redefining Aesthetics for Silhouette Animation in the Digital Age
Hannes Rall is a tenured Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University and the Coordinator of the Digital Animation area. He is also a successful director of independent animated short films: Hannes has shown his work in exhibitions and has been an invited speaker for workshops and conferences in over 20 countries worldwide.
His films, primarily animated adaptations of classic literature, have been shown in 311 film-festivals worldwide and won 41 international awards. His conference presentations include FMX, ACM SIGGRAPH and the Annual Conferences of the Society for Animation Studies. In 2016 he was the Chair of the 28th Annual Conference of the Society for Animation Studies The Cosmos of Animation in Singapore.
He has published essays, articles, book chapters and books with renowned publishers like Routledge, UVK Verlag Konstanz and Julius Springer. He is a member of the editorial board of the Animation Journal and member of the advisory board of the book-series Animation: Key Films/Filmmakers.
Hannes is currently working on a script for an animated feature film adapted from the German national epic Die Nibelungen and writing the book Adaptation for Animation: Transforming Literature Frame by Frame for CRC Press, a Taylor & Francis imprint.
Stephanie DELAZERI

Animation researcher, California Institute of the Arts

How to Draw a Woman: A Critique on the Animation Canon
Stephanie Z. Delazeri is a student at the California Institute of the Arts, majoring in Experimental Animation and minoring in Cultural Studies. She has won many awards for her art and films, including being selected as a US National Scholastic Gold Medal Winner for Animation in 2012, awarded both Best in Show and Best Animation at the Los Angeles Student Media Film Festival (2013) and whose work was selected twice (2011, 2013) to be screened in the Highschool Category at the Ottawa International Animation Film Festival in Canada. Her films have been screened in over 25 film festivals both nationally and internationally including festivals in Australia, Japan, Canada, and Germany. In addition to creating art and film, Stephanie has been a diligent animation researcher and strong advocate for better representation of gender, race and class in today’s animation both on screen and behind it. In 2016, Stephanie was awarded the CalArts Feminist Works Grant for her research into gender depiction in instructional animation material. Aside from animation, she enjoys baking, reading and eating tangerines. Stephanie lives in Los Angeles, California.
Joe KING

Tutor, Royal College of Art

Rock Paper Scissors
Joe King is an award winning artist filmmaker living and working in the UK. He is also a tutor on the Animation Programme at the Royal College of Art. Joe has worked in arts education for the past thirteen years supervising at masters and research levels. He has beena guest lectures at a number of international colleges, spoken at international education conferences and has been awarded a visiting professorship at Jilin University China.
Before concentrating on his own moving image practice Joe was a director for Slinky pictures, directing commercial work including advertising, directing music videos as well as producing visuals for live performances for bands such as U2.Joe’s personal films have been nominated for, and won prizes including Jerwood Moving Image Award 2008, SXSW Film Festival (USA 06), Ann Arbour Film Festival (USA 06), Hull International Film Festival (UK, 06) Festival du Nouvea Cinema, Montreal (Canada, 06), 25fps (Croatia, 06). He is a founder member of folk-projects andoften works in collaboration with co-founder and fellow artist Rosie Pedlow..
Originally studying animation his work now spills over into multi-media works that operate in tandem with or as an adjunct to moving image, playing freely with and between the spaces of site, screen and gallery.
Andrew BUCHANAN

Program leader, Zayed University

Hypothesis, falsification and repeatability: reflections on ‘the experiment’ in experimental animation
Andrew Buchanan is a digital artist and animator from Melbourne, Australia, and researcher in the area of animation theory. He is the program leader for animation at Zayed University (Abu Dhabi and Dubai) in the College of Art and Creative Enterprises. He has attained degrees in Industrial Design, Animation and Interactive Media and is a PhD candidate in Creative Media at RMIT University.
Andrew’s previous research includes work on non-conscious processing of animated images, such as the unconscious processing of animated facial expressions, and neuroaesthetics – using the neuroscience of vision and image processing to guide the design of new animated images. Other research areas include surrealist animation, digital sculpture and theoretical intersections of animation and philosophy.
Tomasz BEDNARZ & June KIM

Professor & Researcher, Queensland University

Transmedia and Limitation of Reality and Virtuality
Professor Tomasz Bednarz currently works as a Principal Research Fellow at the QUT, Science and Engineering Faculty, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical & Statistical Frontiers and the Institute for Future Environments. He also holds adjunct positions at the University of Sydney (Design Lab), University of South Australia (School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences), and the CSIRO. Earlier he worked as Research Team Leader, Computational Research Scientist and Projects Leader at CSIRO’s Digital Productivity Flagship. He joined CSIRO in early 2009, and worked as 3-D Visualisation Software Engineer, on immersive and tele-operating technology projects. In early 2011, he moved to Sydney to carry out works on image analysis using GPGPUs and heterogenous architectures, and led NeCTAR funded Cloud-based image analysis and processing toolbox project (http://cloudimaging.net.au) - that project received merit Queensland's iAward 2015.
He runs Brisbane GPU Meet-up group, is active in the ACM SIGGRAPH International Resources Committee, chairs IEEE Computer Society Queensland Chapter, chairs Brisbane ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter and leads the Brisbane Khronos Group chapter. He actively promotes use of computational and visualisation techniques for science and research, and art + science methodology.

June Kim, an interactive artist currently works as a Research Associate at the Science &Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology in Australia. Her primary work and research focus on creating and processing 360-degree filming for two ecological (conservation) projects that are empowering statistical and mathematical models. As a researcher / art practitionier, her research and practice interest lie in creating and reflecting [non-visual] interactive installations and artworks based on sensors, Virtual Reality and Haptic. She is particularly interested in practicing and researching those areas by implementing the behavior and feelings of visually impaired.Her works and talks were presented in various conferences and festivals incl. SIGGRAPH, FMX, ISEA, SAS, SICAF, VRCAI and Web3D etc.

http://cloudimaging.net.au
Ho-Won NAH

Lecturer, Kon-Kuk University

Desperately Seeking an Icon (with 8 Legs)
Ho-Won NAH is an animation researcher & lecturer of Department of Film Animation at Konkuk University. He obtained MFA (Master of Fine Arts) at California Institute of the Arts and MPhil in Animation Theory at Royal College of Art (RCA) in London. At present, he is a Ph.D. candidate in Animation Theory at Loughborough University in the UK. As for short animation films, he made “Ballad of Life & Death” (Toilet Paper, 1999) and “Plastic Trauma: Requiem for Narcissus and Ophelia” (Stop Motion, 2004). He was a winner of Literary Contest in Cartoon Critique of The Daily Sports Seoul as well as Contest of New Film Critic of Kino, so he carried out activities in cartoon critics and film critics. He also translated some books from English into Korean, such as The Animation Book of Kit Laybourne and The Secret of Oscar Winning Animations of Olivier Cotte. Currently, he contributes animation columns and critics to many journals and magazines.
His main academic papers include “Trick or Treat: Animator’s Hand and the Materiality of Animation Technique in Early Animations” (RCA, MPhil Thesis), “i!/i?: some instructions to understand Digital + Image discourse (s)” (Korean Association of Digital Moving Image, Presentation of main direction, 2014), “Rebirth of spectators: Colosseum next to Arcade adjoining the movie theater” (Presentation on Academic Day of SICAF, 2014) and “Love Virtually: VR + Chronicle of Access Method of Image” (Korean Association of Digital Moving Image, Presentation of main direction, 2016).
Man PARK

Lecturer, Korea Polytechnic University

The Strange Case of the Animated Jekyll and the ‘Online Hyde’: A Documentary Study of Korean Youth Culture and Identity
Man Park is an independent and new researcher carrying out animated documentary film production in the realm of animation study. His particular interest consists in diverse media applying animation principle through interdisciplinary approach based on theory and practice as well as the relevant visual culture. Since he was a university student, he was deeply immersed in Media Art and discovered Norman McLaren and his works. When he was studying at The Glasgow School of Art in UK, he was first in touch with Computer Animation there. In the following year, at Loughborough University (UK), he came to meet Professor Paul Wells, the well-known animation theorist who motivated him to be absorbed in animated documentary. Currently, he concentrates on researching animated documentary games and is planning and producing relevant indie game.
Chunning GUO

Senior Lecturer, Renmin University

Autobiography Memory and Collective Imagination: Practice-based Research on Animated Documentary
Chunning (Maggie) Guo teaches New Media Art and Animation in the School of Fine Arts at Renmin University of China. She was a visiting artist at at Central Saint Martins of the University of the Arts, London and a visiting scholar at the Vancouver Film School. Recently she gained her PhD at the paper about Independent Animation.
She was invited to present her paper at SAS Conference 2016 in Singapore, Animafest Scanner II 2015 and Scanner III 2016 in Zagreb, Twisted Dreams of History of Animation in Poland, as well as 2015 BFX Conference in Bournemouth and APES 2015 in Newcastle, UK.
She was the recipient of the Jury Award at the 11th Chinese Independent Film Festival in China, the NETPAC Award at the 2015 Busan International Short Film Festival. Her collaborative work Ketchup (with Baishen Yan) was selected for several International Festivals, including the Stuttgart Animation Festival, FANTOCHE Animation Festival, Anima Mundi Animation Festival, World Festival of Animated Film Zagreb.
Millie YOUNG

Lecturer, Mahidol University

Siamese Cats – Analysis of 6 Thai Independent Animators
I animate therefore I am a teacher
I teach therefore I am an illustrator
I illustrate therefore I reflect my environment
In reflecting my environment, I am animated
Millie has an independent animator and teaching animation for over 20 years in schools, colleges and universities. In 1994 she set up Millimation’s Animation Workshop in Brighton producing and creating animation and documentary films by, with and for the community. In 1999 she won the UK Arts Council ‘Taped Up’ award for her film ‘Tally Bloody ho!’ about Fox hunting.
Since moving to Thailand she has lectured in traditional 2D Animation production and drawing at Mahidol University International College, and has regularly attended the Society of Animation Studies Conference presenting on the history of Thai animation. Her recent focus is exploring current Thai independent animators. Millie lives in Ayutthaya where she continues to study and develop independent creative works about mahouts, elephants and music.
Monireh ASTANI

Illustrator/Storyboard Artist

A Fantastic Adaptation: Investigating the elements of fantasy (imagination) within th e context of Shahnameh as a popular source of adaptation in Iranian animations
Monireh Astani is an Illustrator and freelance storyboard artist working with the Iranian respected companies and publications. She holds an MA in Animation from Art University of Tehran, in addition to a BA in Graphic Design from ALZAHRA university of Tehran. Her research interests are primarily concerned with Social and cultural productions in the field of animation and literary and artistic adaptation in animation. Her current project is “The investigation of Persian myths, legends and folktales for adaptation in animation”.
Vincent CHEN

Ph.D Candidate, National Chiao Tung University

Representing Colonial Architecture: Archeology in Animation and Comic
Vincent CHEN is currently the Ph.D. student in Institute of Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University. Graduated from Institute of Taiwanese literature, National Tsing Hua University, My M.A. thesis is Twisted Mirror Image: the Representation of Modern in the Manchurian writer Guding’s works. His researching interest mainly focuses on the colonial visual culture of the Japanese Empire, including Taiwan, Manchukuo and Korea. He tries to investigate how visual culture such as films, anime and manga represent the history of Japanese colonialism, its aftermath and its dialog with East Asia in his research. He has presented several papers around this topic in conferences such as: “The Empire’s Desirable Body”(2016), “Integration of Sexual Representation and Warfare: Animation as Wish Fulfilling Dreams”(2016), “In to the Gate of Fantasy: Revising Modern East Asia”(2015), “Colonial Memory as Postcolonial Fantasy: Cape No.7and Seddiq Bale”(2015) and “Kano: the Representation of Imperial Ideology”(2014). His future project will be investigating the representation of the volunteer soldier in colonial Korean cinema.
Hyeon-Seon JEONG & Yooshin PARK

Professor, Gyeongi National University of Education & Teacher, Seokgwan Elementary School

Imagining through webtoon: A case study of webtoon-focused convergence education project in middle school
Dr. Hyeon-Seon Jeong is Professor of Media Literacy Education at Gyeongi National University of Education, South Korea, where she teaches courses in media literacy education to undergraduate and graduate students. Her main research interests include children and young people’s media literacy practices in and out-of-school settings, teacher education and classroom practices for media literacy education, development of the use of digital technology and media resources for literacy and media literacy education and policy for media and digital literacy. Her academic articles have been widely published in journals in the field of education in South Korea, and her chapters written in English appear in Media Education in Asia(Springer, 2009), Mapping Media Education Policies in the World(UNAoC, UNESCO and Communicar, 2010) and New Media and Learning in the 21st Century(Springer, 2015).

Yooshin Park is a teacher at Seokgwan Elementary School of Seoul and she is a researcher of art education and visual culture. After majoring in Education in Arts and Crafts & Fine Arts, she obtained Ph.D. in the field of Animation Education at Graduate School of Advanced Imaging Science, Multimedia & Film of Chung-Ang University. She has carried out research and publications focused on animations regarding art education and visual culture aspects based on new media. She also has participated in a wide range of policy focused on cultural art education, art education and media literary education such as teacher training program development, textbooks and teaching materials writing, teaching-learning research and teacher competency deduction. Moreover, her research subjects include Korean animation and Graphic Novel. Recently, she pays special attention to diversified aspects of visual culture of adolescence based on Web 2.0 and its concomitant changes of education. She has been teaching Art Education and Design at Seoul National University of Education and is steadily participating with great interest in art lecturer education programs offered by Korea Arts & Culture Education Service. She is preparing for publication of an animation book called Let’s Animate! oriented to adolescent.
Sang-Goog LEE

Professor, Catholic University of Korea

Artificial Intelligence and strategy to develop intelligent contents
Professor Sang-Goog Lee was the first ICT ‘MASTER(Distinguished Staff)’ selected by SAIT(Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology). He obtained his Ph. D. in smart sensors and systems at INSA(Institut National des Sciences Appliquées) de Rouen France in October 1994. He worked as an assistant professor in electrical, electronic, and computer science at Université de Rouen, France until August 1999 while producing outstanding results from his research into the application of sensors and systems related to the five senses. In September 1999, he joined Samsung Electronics Central Research Institute and led the Wearable Computer Project. He also served as the leader of the Interactive Device Technological Group under SAIT Ubiquitous Computing Lab and head of the SAIT Mobile Augmented Reality System Project Team. In addition to his development of 'SCURRY(SAMSUNG Wearable Computer Input Device)', he has excellent R & D capabilities in five senses-applied interactive device and augmented reality.
Since 1999, he has acted as an expert in Strategically Integrated 4th Generation R & BD Scientific Research Methodology while embodying his previous experiences at advanced institutes like SRI(Stanford Research Institut) in the Samsung Group and utilizing the results in top research organizations within the group. He also has expertise related to sensory engineering. He currently works as professor/director of media technology contents department at the Catholic University of Korea. He propagates 4th Generation R & BD Innovation Methodology (Scenario-based Technology Roadmap, Technology Tree, TRIZ) to government-funded research institutes under the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology including KISDI, KRISS, MOERI, KIMM, KIST, Expressway & Transportation Research Institute, ADD, KOTEF, ITEP, KISTEP, and KMAC, and conveys the Education & Methodology for R & BD Innovation & Next Generation Growth Engine at key corporate research institutes, including SAIT, Samsung Electronics, Pantech & Curitel, Nongshim, Lotte, POSCO, Aekyung, LG, and SK Group advisor for the uCity Project).
Gray HODGKINSON

Senior Lecturer, Massey University

Lock up your stories – here comes Virtual Reality
Gray Hodgkinson is a digital media designer and researcher, with a specific interest in visual research methods and computer animation. Gray has been developing and leading animation education for 17 years, 14 of those at Massey University, New Zealand, and has been instrumental in creating links between tertiary institutes and industry in New Zealand and internationally. Gray has presented papers on animation research and pedagogy at Melbourne, Germany, the U.K., Canada, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Singapore. In recent work, Gray has been exploring the inclusion of 3D virtual reality to animation. Animation and virtual reality share a common fundamental in that they both take place inside an artificially constructed world. This commonality provides a starting point to explore how narrative and direction is affected when virtual reality is employed.
Baesil LEE

CEO/Director, Panda8Studio

Industrial extensibility of VR Character Animation
Baesil Lee is a representative and director of Panda8Studio, the planner and developer of VR Character Animation and VR Theme Park Attraction Contents. He started his career as a 2D animation original picture artist and later worked as an assistant director of 3D animation of “PSI-KIX (MBC)” and “Dibo the Gift Dragon (EBS)”. He was in charge of planning and directing Korean-Chinese joint 3D animation of “T-Pang Rescue (KBS2)”. Afterwards, in Henan Enjoy Digital Technology Co. Ltd. of China, he was in charge of planning Theme Park Attraction and served as a Technical manager and General Supervisor of Korea in Theme Park Animation based on diverse high-tech fusion such as 3D, 4DX and 360º animations.
In December of 2015, his “Romantic Panda VR”, Korea’s first VR animation was presented and experienced by the public. He participated in a wide range of demonstration events through the First VR SLVR (Seoul VR) Meetup #, 2016 RoboUniverse& VR Summit, the First GVRC (Global Virtual Reality Conference) of Shanghai, KOFIC Global Forum, Shanghai VR Overseas Project Roadshow, Smart Contents & VR Day organized by Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, VR/AR Creative Audition of Gyeonggi Culture Creation Herb of Gwanggyo. His presentations have been attracting responsive and enthusiastic audience, not to mention relevant business specialists. Currently, he is developing “Romantic Panda VR Interactive”, the VR Theme Park Attraction which will allow direct communication between characters and audience based on Unreal Engine 4.
* 2016, publication of white paper of production of “Romantic Panda”, Korea’s first VR Animation
* 2016, official judge of Previz Production Support of Next-generation Video Contents of Korean Film Council
Umparin Boonsinsuk

Course leader, Bangkok University

Thailand's Animation Landscape: Bridging Education to Industry with Knowledge Sharing
Umparin is a lecturer and course leader at Faculty of Digital Media &Cinematic Arts, Bangkok University. She also runs Creative Content and Marketing company, Gugaga Co., Ltd. Her interest is in the global business of animation, particularly in area of managing Intellectual Property.
Jinny HyeJin CHOO

Adjunct Professor,
Animation Dept. of Korea National University of Arts

Program1. Moderator
Jinny CHOO majored in Illustration and Animation and received an MFA in Art and Film from the graduate school of advance imaging science, multimedia and film at Chung-Ang University in Korea and her PhD in animation theory and contents producing at the same university in 2015. She joined several international film festivals and conferences including SIGGRAPH Asia, Gwacheon International SF Festival, Seoul International Cartoon &Animation Festival(SICAF) and Puchon International Student Animation Festival(PISAF) as a chair or programmer. At present, she is involved in Indie-AniFest in Korea as a programmer and producer. In addition, she has been teaching animation and its related fields at Korea National University of Arts where she has carried out research in integrated art education and art therapy using animation and has been doing workshop and some clinical practice using animation techniques at counselling center, National Gwacheon science museum and other places since 2010. 
Jae-Woong KWON

Professor, Hallym University

Program2. Moderator
KWON is an Associate Professor and Head at the School of Communication (Major in Digital Contents) at Hallym University. KWON worked as a Chief Editor at The Korean Society of Cartoon & Animation Studies and currently became the Vice President of the organization. He is also the Assistant Editor at International Journal of Comic Art. The Editor-in-Chief at this organization is Dr. John A. Lent who has previously attended BIAF. KWON’s main interest is animation production and currently focusing on technicalities such as the development stage.
Ho-Won NAH

Lecturer, Kon-Kuk University

Program3. Moderator
Ho-Won NAH is an animation researcher & lecturer of Department of Film Animation at Konkuk University. He obtained MFA (Master of Fine Arts) at California Institute of the Arts and MPhil in Animation Theory at Royal College of Art (RCA) in London. At present, he is a Ph.D. candidate in Animation Theory at Loughborough University in the UK. As for short animation films, he made “Ballad of Life & Death” (Toilet Paper, 1999) and “Plastic Trauma: Requiem for Narcissus and Ophelia” (Stop Motion, 2004). He was a winner of Literary Contest in Cartoon Critique of The Daily Sports Seoul as well as Contest of New Film Critic of Kino, so he carried out activities in cartoon critics and film critics. He also translated some books from English into Korean, such as The Animation Book of Kit Laybourne and The Secret of Oscar Winning Animations of Olivier Cotte. Currently, he contributes animation columns and critics to many journals and magazines.
His main academic papers include “Trick or Treat: Animator’s Hand and the Materiality of Animation Technique in Early Animations” (RCA, MPhil Thesis), “i!/i?: some instructions to understand Digital + Image discourse (s)” (Korean Association of Digital Moving Image, Presentation of main direction, 2014), “Rebirth of spectators: Colosseum next to Arcade adjoining the movie theater” (Presentation on Academic Day of SICAF, 2014) and “Love Virtually: VR + Chronicle of Access Method of Image” (Korean Association of Digital Moving Image, Presentation of main direction, 2016).