Prof. Dr. Sabiha Ghellal

Experience and Game Design at the Stuttgart Media University

Sabiha Ghellal is an Experience and Game Design Professor at the Stuttgart Media University and a Conjoint Professor at the University of Newcastle in Australia with a Ph.D. in Experience Design and Game Studies from Aalborg University. In her research, she explores the creation of new interactive designs to support future cultural and creative experiences, with particular emphasis on games and transmedia storytelling. As a former manager for Research and Innovation at Sony Europe, she has worked on several large productions in the area of mobile entertainment, game design and interactive television. Since 2014 she is also the curator of the Game Zone at the International Animation Festival (ITFS) in Stuttgart.

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Prof. Dr. Eckart Köhne

Director of the Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe
President of the Deutscher Museumsbund

Eckart Köhne was born in Karlsruhe, studied Classical Archeology, Ancient History and Christian Archeology in Bonn and Heidelberg, completing his studies with a doctorate in 1996. Thereafter he began his professional activities as a Trainee and Curator at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg. As an expert in Museum Consulting, he moved in 2001 to Ludwigshafen to the Museumsverband Rheinland-Pfalz. From 2004 to 2017, he planned and organized the major State Exhibition “Constantin the Great” in Trier and became Director of the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier in 2008. In 2011 he became Director and Business Manager of the Historisches Museum der Pfalz in Speyer. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Deutscher Museumsbund since 2010 and was elected as its President in 2014. He became the Director of the Badisches Landesmuseum in July 2014.

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Andreas Siefert

Managing and Creative Director of PXNG.LI

Andreas Siefert (born 1976 in Albstadt-Ebingen, D) is a media artist, scenographer and musician. He primarily deals with interactive computer art in a spatial context and has already exhibited his works in exhibitions such as “Reset” Krakow/Poland, “s/He’ll survive” Amsterdam/Netherlands, “Courtisane Festival” Gent/Belgium, “asian-european artcamp” Tokyo/Japan and the “Transmediale” in Berlin/Germany. As a scenographer and video artist he has worked with Anna Badora, Robert Tannenbaum, Enno-Ilka Uhde and Ralf Buron on various opera and theatre projects in Europe. Since 2008 he has been Managing Director of PXNG.LI GmbH, a company specializing in interactive installations, media productions and digital knowledge transfer. PXNG.LI realizes projects for museums and scientific institutions, but also for industry and commercial enterprises, as well as international clients from the arts and culture sector.

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Dr. Matthias Wölfel

Professor for Intuitive and Perceptive User Interfaces

Dr. Matthias Wölfel is a Professor for Intuitive and Perceptive User Interfaces at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Germany. His research interests include interaction design, human-computer and human-computer-human interaction, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality as well as digital culture. Dr. Wölfel was recognized in 2017 as one of the best professors in Germany by UNICUM, a popular magazine for university graduates in Germany that features an annual “Professor des Jahres” (professor of the year) competition. Besides his academic career Dr. Wölfel contributes to media art exhibited at festivals and in museums worldwide. He worked for the ZKM|Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe and is the founder and CEO of ColorfulBit, an award-winning studio for new media and innovative technologies (awards include the “IKT Innovativ” by the Ministry of Economics and Technology in 2013, the “Innovationspreis-IT” in the category Entertainment/3D in 2014). He gets frequently invited to speak at conferences (e.g. Keynote Human Factors in Design, Shanghai) and company-internal events (e.g. Intel, Gdansk; Microsoft, London; Porsche, Stuttgart).

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