Opening Keynote (22nd June 2021)

Sougwen Chung

Sougwen 愫君 Chung is a Chinese-Canadian artist and (re)searcher based in New York. Chung’s work explores the mark-made-by-hand and the mark-made-by-machine as an approach to understanding the dynamics of humans and systems.

Her speculative critical practice spans performance, installation, and drawings which have been featured in numerous exhibitions at museums and galleries around the world.

Chung is a former research fellow at MIT’s Media Lab and a pioneer in the field of human-machine collaboration. In 2019, she was selected as the Woman of the Year in Monaco for achievement in the Arts & Sciences and received the Lumen Prize for Art in Technology. She is a featured TED Speaker, discussing her process in post-human collaboration and her project using AI and robots was featured on the cover of Art in America. In 2018 she was an inaugural E.A.T. Artist in Resident in partnership with New Museum and Bell Labs, and was awarded a commission for her project Omnia per Omnia. In 2016, Chung received Japan Media Art’s Excellence Award in for her project, Drawing Operations.

Chung has been awarded Artist in Residence positions at Google, Eyebeam, Japan Media Arts, and Pier 9 Autodesk. In 2014, she was selected as one of the Top 20 New Visual Artists by Print Magazine.

Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the National Art Center, Tokyo; NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC], Tokyo, Japan; ArtScience Museum, Singapore; MIT Media Lab, Cambridge; The Drawing Center, New York; The New Museum (Sky Room), New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Geneva; Mana Contemporary, New York, Tribeca Film Festival, New York; The Hospital Club, London; Mutek Festival, Montreal & Mexico City; Sonar Festival, Barcelona. Her work has also been featured in The New Yorker, Wired, Art F City, Dazed and Confused, The Creators Project, MASHABLE, Engadget, Business Insider, Fast Company and USA Today. She has spoken internationally at conferences including Global Art Forum, Singapore; World Science Festival, New York; Cannes Lions, Cannes; WSJ’s Future of Everything Conference, New York; Tribeca Film Festival Interactive, New York; OFFF, Barcelona; FITC, Tokyo; Internet Dargana, Stockholm; SXSW, Austin; The Art Directors Club, New York.

Closing Keynote (23rd June 2021)

Suleman Shahid

Suleman Shahid is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and is also the director of the LUMS Learning Institute. At LUMS, he directs the ‘Computer-Human Interaction for Inclusion, Wellbeing and Learning’ (CHISEL) Lab, manages the university’s Usability Lab and is the Faculty Lead for the Facebook Innovation Lab at LUMS, which is Facebook’s first Innovation Lab in Pakistan. Suleman is also a part of the National Center on Big Data and Cloud Computing at LUMS and leads its Open Data Pakistan initiative which is a first of its kind open data portal in Pakistan. Suleman is also a Partner & Design Consultant at Designist, a design and innovation studio based in Lahore, and Karachi Pakistan. 

Suleman’s primary area of interest is designing learning and healthcare technologies for/with the margins in the global south with an emphasis on using participatory and inclusive design to drive innovation. His research focuses at the intersection of design, technology, inclusion with applications to (1) assistive technologies (mobile apps and VR/AR systems) to enhance the quality of life of persons with disabilities (e.g. autism, dyslexia, visual impairment, dementia), and persons with mental health conditions (e.g. anxiety, depression), and (2) learning and playful technologies for children.

Suleman received his PhD in human-computer interaction in 2012 from Tilburg University, the Netherlands and PDEng in 2007 in User System Interaction program (Industrial Design) from the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. Prior to joining LUMS, he was working as an Assistant Professor in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at Tilburg University. He has been associated as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Practice with the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands and as a researcher with the Tilburg Center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC), Tilburg, the Netherlands. He has also worked for PHILIPS Research (High Tech Campus), the Netherlands and Fraunhofer FIT, Germany.