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Biographies Keynote Speakers

ANNE BALSAMO
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Professor
The New School for Public Engagement United States of America
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In her recent book, Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work (Duke, 2011), Anne Balsamo offers a manifesto for rethinking the role of culture in the process of technological innovation in the 20th century. Based on her experiences as an educator, new media designer, research scientist and entrepreneur, the book offers a series of lessons about the cultivation of the technological imagination and the cultural and ethical implications of emergent technologies. Dr. Balsamo was recently appointed the Dean of the School of Media Studies at the New School for Public Engagement in New York. Previously she was a full professor at the University of Southern California in the Annenberg School of Communication and the Interactive Media Division of the School of Cinematic Arts. From 2004-2007, she served as the Director of the Institute for Multimedia Literacy at USC where she created one of the first academic programs in multimedia literacy across the curriculum. In 2002, she co-founded Onomy Labs, Inc. a Silicon Valley technology design and fabrication company that builds cultural technologies. From 1999-2002, she was a member of RED (Research on Experimental Documents), a collaborative research-design group at Xerox PARC, who created experimental reading devices and new media genres. She served as project manager and new media designer for the development of RED’s interactive museum exhibit, XFR: Experiments in the Future of Reading, that toured Science/Technology Museums in the U.S. from 2000-2003. Her earlier book, Technologies of the Gendered Body: Reading Cyborg Women (Duke UP, 1996) investigated the social and cultural implications of emergent bio-technologies.

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JANET BRUNCKHORST
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Manager of Web and Digital Media Asian Art Museum of San Francisco United States of America
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Janet Brunckhorst is the Manager of Web and Digital Media at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. While she has harboured a lifelong passion for museums, this is her first paid museum gig. Before moving to San Francisco in 2011, Janet worked as a digital consultant in Melbourne, Australia, focusing on user experience, digital strategy, product development and project management. Her clients included start-up The Conversation and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Prior to that she was User Experience Manager at Lonely Planet, where she was first exposed to Agile development. These days she is rarely without a Sharpie. Janet has no formal academic training in any discipline related to her field. However, she prizes the critical thinking skills gained in her BA (Hons–English) above all else. She intends to spend her retirement as a docent at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, her favourite place on Earth.

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HERMINIA DIN
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Associate Professor of Art Education University of Alaska Anchorage
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Dr. Din is an associate professor of art education at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She was the Web producer at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and education technologist at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. In 2005, she partnered with the University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks on the LearnAlaska project, and facilitated a docent-training program using Internet2 videoconferencing for a distance-delivered program. She presented at SIGGRAPH Educator’s Program on educational gaming for museums, and delivered a speech on using animation and interactive virtual technology to enhance museum learning at SIGGRAPH ASIA 2008. She collaborated with colleagues at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, California Academy of Sciences, and de Young Fine Art Museum to offer teacher development programs focusing on art and science integration. In 2007, she co-edited The Digital Museum: A Think Guide that offers an in-depth investigation into how and why museums are experimenting with new technology, and co-authored Unbound by Place or Time: Museums and Online Learning (2009) and All Together Now: Museums and Online Collaborative Learning (2011). Her research focuses on object-based learning and evaluation of the effectiveness of museum online resources. She addresses the transformation of teaching and learning by using new technologies, and aspects of emerging technology for implementing creative initiatives to enhance museum education. She holds a doctorate in art education from Ohio State University and presents regularly on museum and technology at national and international conferences.

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SUSAN HAZAN
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Curator of New Media and Head of the Internet Office at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
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Dr. Susan Hazan is Curator of New Media and Head of the Internet Office at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, identifying and implementing electronic architectures for the gallery, and outreach programs including the recent Digital Dead Sea Scrolls project at the Israel Museum which received over one million unique users when it was launched September 2011. Her Masters and PhD research at Goldsmiths College, University of London in Media and Communications focused on electronic architectures in the contemporary museum. Hazan is currently investigating the virtual museum (V-Must), social networks and crowdsourcing in the cultural heritage sector, and innovative platforms for disseminating virtual museums and digital libraries. In (2002/2004) Hazan was a visiting lecturer at the University of London teaching Web Design, Critical E-Museology, and Digital Media with an emphasis on the correlation between cultural theory and contemporary practice, annual lecturer in the Museology Department at Haifa University, Israel and guest lecturer on the Intelligent Heritage Course at City University, Hong Kong (2010/2011). Hazan is the Israel Coordinator the World Summit Award (WSA) and Co-Chair of the Annual Jerusalem Conference on the Digitisation of Cultural Heritage (2004-2012). Hazan sits on numerous program committees: Museums and the Web 2001-2012, Virtual Systems and MultiMedia Conferences to Europe (VSMM2005/2009, 2012), PATCH 2012, Workshop on Personalized Access to Cultural Heritage, High-Tech Heritage 2012, UMass Amherst Campus, Amherst, MA USA. Hazan acts as Reviewer to Discovery Projects, Australian Research Council (ARC) and is on the editorial board, for Uncommon Culture, ATHENA New Media Consortium (2010, 2011), Horizon Report: Museum Edition Advisory Board Il capitale culturale: Studies on the value of cultural heritage. Publication list (http://www.musesphere.com/about/Susan.Hazan.html).

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SORIN HERMON
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Science and Technology for Archaeological Research Center,
The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus
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Sorin Hermon received his MA in Prehistory from the institute of Archaeology, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel in 1996, and his PhD from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel in 2003, title thesis: ‘Socio-economic aspects of Chalcolithic societies in Southern Levant’, published in 2008. Between 2002 and 2005 he had post-doctoral research training in 3D scientific visualization for cultural heritage research and knowledge representation at PIN, University of Florence, Italy, where later on he became principal researcher. Since 2008, Sorin Hermon has worked at the Science and Technology for Archaeological Research Center of The Cyprus Institute, where he holds a tenure track position of assistant professor in digital cultural heritage. He has published two books, is co-editor or contributed chapters into several other peer-reviewed scientific books and is co-author of more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Sorin Hermon is the principal investigator for several EC funded research initiatives in the field of virtual museums, 3D documentation, semantic knowledge representation and digital technologies for cultural heritage.

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HING WAH CHAU
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Curator (Intangible Cultural Heritage) Hong Kong Heritage Museum
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Mr. Hing Wah Chau received his BA from the University of Hong Kong in 1983 and his MA in Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London in 1988. He joined the curatorial grade of the Hong Kong Government in 1985 and has been working for many years in the field of archaeology and heritage conservation. He is currently the Curator of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and responsible for the safeguarding of Hong Kong’s intangible cultural heritage as required by the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage enforced since April 2006. His major projects include the first territory-wide survey of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) in Hong Kong and the inscription of ICH items onto the UNESCO Representative List and the national list of ICH in China.

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ARI IDE-EKTESSAB
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PhD
Professor Graduate School of Engineering Kyoto University
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He was born in Rasht (Iran) in 1952 and studied at the Faculty of Electronics Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan between 1973-1983, and obtained his PhD in electronics engineering. His field of research was designing systems of charged particle beams for the fabrication and analysis of surfaces and materials. He joined Kyoto University as an associate professor in 1991 and as a professor from 2001. He was the leader of six major projects related to the application of advanced technology in cultural heritage as follows:
* Development of High-resolution Large Flatbed Scanner for Digitizing Large Artworks and Non-Destructive Pigment Estimation Japan Science and Technology Agency, Comprehensive Support Program for Creation of Regional Innovation: Key Seed Projects for Regional R&D, FY 2004-2007
* An Integrated System for Secure and Dynamic Display of Cultural Heritage Japan Science and Technology Agency, Comprehensive Support Program for Creation of Regional Innovation: Regional R&D Resources Utilization, FY 2006-2008
* Developing the Technical Foundation for International Digital Museum, The Feasibility Study Program 2009, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Realization of the System and Basic Technical Elements of Digital Museum
* International Joint Research on High Resolution Digitization of Asian World Heritage Japan Special Coordination Funds for Promotion of Science and Technology, Asia-Africa Science and Technology Strategic Cooperation Promotion Program, FY 2009-2011
* Program for Education of Man Power in the Field of Documentation and Utilization of Asian (China) World Heritage
* Program for Education of Man Power in the Field of Documentation and Utilization of Philippines Tangible and Intangible Heritage (Japan) Government Development Support for UNESCO Activities Grant, Japan National UNESCO committee, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), 2010-2012. (A program dedicated to support the collaboration and exchanges in the Asian-Pacific area, for development of Education, Science, and Culture.)
He has published many papers on material processing, analytical techniques using accelerators, charged particle beams, and a book on the application of synchrotron radiation.

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JUSTYNA KARAKIEWICZ
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Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building, Planning and Assistant Vice Chancellor (Campus Development), University of Melbourne
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Dr. Justyna Karakiewicz is Associate Professor of Urban Design and coordinator of the Master of Urban Design at the University of Melbourne. Justyna is co-author of The Making of Hong Kong, which examines the volumetric city as a sustainable urban form. Justyna was educated in architecture in London at Westminster University and the Architectural Association. Justyna has taught as a full-time tutor of the AA, the Bartlett School of Architecture of University College. The practice she established in 1984, PCKO, was recently recognised for its work in sustainability over the past 25 years. Her research interests lie primarily in high-density urbanism in which she completed her doctoral thesis. She has exhibited work in Royal Academy (London), New York, Kyoto, Barcelona and some twenty other venues. Her research is conducted in part through design with numerous successes in international competitions, several of which have resulted in built works.

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HARALD KRAEMER
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Zurich University of the Arts Zurich, Switzerland
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Harald Kraemer is a producer, information architect and creative director of online and offline hypermedia applications for museums and universities. His work includes productions such as Vienna Walk Demo (prototype of an interactive online film realized with Science Wonder Productions in 1998), Virtual Transfer Musée Suisse (interactive stories about 600 artefacts from the 8 Swiss National Museums in 5 languages), as well as Artcampus (the exemplary online learning course about the methodology of art history, developed for the Institute of Art History at the University of Berne).
Kraemer is also a passionate teacher. By analyzing products, systems and structures he develops his students’ audiovisual perception, as well as their ability for creative and critical analysis. After teaching art history, media studies, design theory and practise at universities in Berne, Cologne, Constance and Luneburg, he has recently been named Docent at the Department for Design at Zurich University of the Arts and at the Department for Image Sciences at Danube University Krems. Kraemer has a PhD in Art History from the University Trier/Moselle and a MA in conceptual design for museums from the Viennese Institute for Cultural Studies. He has written and published widely on the subject of hypermedia, museum informatics, and digital collections, as well as contemporary art and knowledge transfer in/for museums. Currently he is working on Multimedia Classics – Hypermedia Hermeneutics, a critical oeuvre catalogue and a methodology of hypermedia.
See more: http://www.zhdk.ch/?person/detail&id=31762

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ANITA KOCSIS
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Head of Design, Society and Culture in the Faculty of Design, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
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Dr. Anita Kocsis is Head of Design, Society and Culture in the Faculty of Design, Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Anita’s creative, commercial and academic achievement spans a design and technology nexus evidenced by intermedia exhibitions in public and private institutions. Anita’s PhD at the i-Cinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research, University of New South Wales, titled ‘Co-Designing New Media Spaces’, positioned the phenomenon of the visitor experience as a design strategy for mediating between repertoires of practice in interdisciplinary new media exhibitions. Anita’s articulation across research and teaching focuses on how design can facilitate the multilateral process of meaning construction that unfolds between content providers, designers and audiences. Her work in the neuroaffective research cluster of the faculty focuses on the phenomenon of visitor feelings in interactive and immersive experiences for museums, galleries and the digital humanities. She is experimenting with interactive design systems for visualizing the pulse of the visitor experience which can be used by stakeholders of human-centred virtual system design and emergent stereoscopic and panoramic immersive architectures.

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TOM KVAN
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Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building, Planning and Assistant Vice Chancellor (Campus Development), University of Melbourne
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Tom Kvan is Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning and Assistant Vice Chancellor (Campus Development) at the University of Melbourne. Tom is co-author of The Making of Hong Kong, which examines the volumetric city as a sustainable urban form. Tom has worked at the Universities of Melbourne, Hong Kong and Sydney over the past 16 years and authored over 130 publications on design and design management. Among his other appointments, he is currently founding Director of LEaRN, the Learning Environments Applied Research Network, and founding Director of AURIN, the Australian Urban Research Information Network, hosted at the University of Melbourne. Tom has practiced architecture in Africa, Europe, Hong Kong and the USA in practices small to large, was director of software development in an IT start-up in California and has been a management consultant to architects and engineers.

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THOMAS LAIRD
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Independent Photographer
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Thomas C. Laird is an American photographer and writer who has explored the art, culture, history and modern life of Himalayan people for the past 40 years. He was based in Nepal for decades as a journalist, contributing to Time, Newsweek and dozens of other magazines.
His book of photographs of the murals of the Lukhang, 18th century murals in the Dalai Lama’s private meditation chamber in Lhasa, was first published by Thames and Hudson in 2000 as The Dalai Lama’s Secret Temple. His history of Tibet The Story of Tibet: Conversations with the Dalai Lama, Grove, 2006, is now available in 16 languages.
He has created the largest photo library in the world on Tibetan and Himalayan murals, the first such archive in life size resolution. His most recent work, an exhibition of life size resolution prints of ten murals in the Lukhang, is on permanent exhibition at The Rubin Museum in New York City.
He is currently working on Murals of Tibet, to be published by TASCHEN in two editions: in a Double Elephant Folio, as last used by Audubon, Birds of America, 1853, and in a standard-sized edition. He divides his time between Asia and New Orleans.

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LARS NITTVE
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Executive Director, M+ West Kowloon Cultural District Hong Kong
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Lars Nittve was born in Stockholm in 1953. After studies at the Stockholm School of Economics and a M.A. at Stockholm University he served as lecturer in art history at the University of Stockholm from 1978-85. He held a post as Senior Art Critic at the daily Svenska Dagbladet, Stockholm, and contributed regularly to Artforum magazine, New York. In 1986 Nittve was appointed Chief Curator at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, where he curated a large number of high profile exhibitions,both monographic and thematic, among them Walter De Maria, Kandinsky in Sweden, Hilma af Klint and the seminal Implosion: a Postmodern Perspective. From 1990-95 he served as founding Director of Rooseum – Center for Contemporary Art — in Malmö, Sweden, where he organized the entire exhibition programme, including surveys of Susan Rothenberg, Allan McCollum, Sherrie Levine and Andreas Gursky. In July 1995, Nittve became Director of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek, Denmark, where he also curated the groundbreaking exhibition Sunshine & Noir – Art in L.A. 1960-1997. In the spring of 1998, he was named the first Director of Tate Modern, London, which opened in May 2000 to great acclaim. On November 1, 2001, he took up his post as the Director of Moderna Museet in Stockholm where he also, in 2004, co-curated the thematic exhibition Fashination, about the dialogue between art and fashion over the last ten years. Later exhibitions include Time and Place: Los Angeles 1957–1968 (2008); Antony McCall (2009) and most recently Ed Ruscha: Fifty Years of Painting (2010). Noteworthy during his time at the Moderna Museet was his successful campaign for strengthening the collection — including The Second Museum of Our Wishes, which focused on bringing more works by women artists into the collection and raising 70 million USD. The creation of the innovative Renzo Piano designed Pontus Hultén Study Gallery, The American Friends of the Moderna Museet Inc. and the Moderna Museet Malmö, which opened in 2009, should also be mentioned. Lars Nittve has served on the jury of numerous international prizes and been on the board of a large number of international art organizations. He is the author of several books on art in Sweden and abroad. In 2009 he was awarded a PhD HC by Umea University, Sweden, where he has been a Professor of Art History since 2010. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Art and was in 2010 awarded H.M. The King’s Medal in gold, 12th size in the Order of the Serafim’s ribbon.

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JAMES QUO-PING LIN
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Chief Curator, Division of Education, Exhibition & Information Services National Palace Museum, Taiwan
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Dr. James Lin is a senior researcher and chief of the education, exhibition and information services division, National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan. He is also the vice chairman of the Chinese Association of Museums and vice president of the Museum Computer Network-Taiwan. At the National Palace Museum, he is responsible for organizing and developing several national programs to introduce advanced technologies into the museum. He plays an important role in international exchange and cooperation at the Chinese Association of Museums and the Museum Computer Network-Taiwan. He received his MS degree in Computer Science and PhD in Engineering Management at the University of Missouri. Following his degree he passed the national examination and has served at the Taipei National Tax Administration as well as holding management positions at several corporations. He also worked in the Department of Information Management at Huafan University as an associate professor, department chair and director of the computer center. In his teaching and research, he focuses on managing information systems and other related issues.

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HARRY VERWAYEN
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Director of Business Development Europeana
The Hague, Netherlands
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Harry Verwayen is Director of Business Development at Europeana . His main focus is the design and implementation of new business models and strategies that will support Europeana to fulfill its mission as a driver of innovation in the cultural heritage sector. Prior to this position, Harry worked at the Amsterdam based think tank Knowledgeland where he was responsible for innovation and positioning of the project Images for the Future
. He has over ten years of experience in the Academic Publishing industry in various positions including sales,
business and product development. He has worked for Kluwer Academic Publishing, Springer and IDC. Harry holds a MA in History from Leiden University and a certificate from Nyenrode Business University.
Recent article: ‘The Problem of the Yellow Milkmaid, a Business Model
Perspective on Open Metadata’, Verwayen, Arnoldus, Kaufman 2011
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RICHARD WESLEY
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Director
Hong Kong Maritime Museum
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Richard Wesley has served as the Director of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum since December of 2010. He was brought on specifically to spearhead the museum’s move from Stanley to Central Pier 8. Richard has extensive experience in the management and operation of museum facilities across Australia. He has worked on projects in New South Wales, Tasmania, Norfolk Island and Western Australia, along with lecturing in Museum Management at University of Sydney for five years. Richard’s previous industry positions include: Director of the Norfolk Island Museum, Manager of the Port Arthur Historic Site and Director of Museums and Properties for the National Trust of Australia (NSW).
He holds a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Tasmania and a Diploma of Museum Studies (Sydney) and is the author of a wide range of museum reports completed over the last fifteen years. He has a particular interest in house museums, marine archaeology and the use of objects in storytelling.

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SUSAN WHITFIELD
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International Dunhuang Project British Library
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Dr. Susan Whitfield is an historian of medieval China and the Silk Road and curator of the Stein and related collections of 50,000 Central Asian manuscripts from Dunhuang and other Silk Road sites at the British Library. She has curated several major exhibitions, lectures internationally and has published many books and articles. She also travels regularly along the Silk Road.
Using technology, old and new, to ensure that the collections are preserved for future generations while made fully accessible for this generation has always been an essential part of her work at the British Library. In 1994, along with colleagues worldwide, she was instrumental in establishing an international collaboration to achieve these aims. Although named ‘The International Dunhuang Project’ (IDP) its remit includes all archaeological artefacts from sites throughout Chinese Central Asia.
With ten major partners hosting multilingual websites in IDP Centres worldwide and over thirty other collaborating institutions, IDP now gives access to hundreds of thousands of images of the Silk Road artefacts and manuscripts, along with rich contextual information.
Most recently, Dr. Whitfield has started work with British Library colleagues on developing projects with institutions and scholars in Afghanistan. She is currently working on several articles and a book, as well as a complete redesign of the IDP database, all due in 2013.

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JAY XU
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Director
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco United States of America
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Dr. Jay Xu is Director of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and the first Chinese-American director of a major US art museum. Prior to his appointment at AAMSF in June 2008, he had been Chairman of the Department of Asian and Ancient Art (2006-2008) in charge of arts of Asia and of the ancient Mediterranean world including ancient Near East, Greek and Roman cultures, and Head of the Department of Asian Art (2003-2006) at the Art Institute of Chicago, Curator of Chinese Art at the Seattle Art Museum (1996-2003), and Research Fellow at the Department of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1995-1996). He began his museum career at the Shanghai Museum (1983-1990), and received his graduate training in early Chinese art and archaeology at Princeton University (MA and PhD).
Dr. Xu is committed to deepening understanding of Asian art and culture in the global context, and to advocating global art as an essential platform for cross-cultural understanding and diplomacy. His vision for the Asian Art Museum is to embrace and explore interconnectivity between artistic ideas in Asia and in the rest of the world, between traditional and contemporary art.
Dr. Xu is a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors, and a member of the Committee of 100—a national non-partisan organization composed of American citizens of Chinese descent who have achieved positions of leadership in the United States in a broad range of professions.

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XUDONG WANG
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Deputy Director
Dunhuang Academy, Gansu Province, China
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Wang Xudong graduated from the Geology Department of Lanzhou University in 1990, receiving his Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and PhD in Engineering from Lanzhou University in 1998 and 2002. He is currently Researcher and Standing Vice-Director of the Dunhuang Academy, and Standing Vice-Director of the National Research Center for the Conservation of Ancient Wall Paintings. He is also a guest professor at Lanzhou University and Northwest University of China. He was a Visiting Fellow at Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties in 1993–1994 and 2000–2001, and a Visiting Fellow at the Getty Conservation Institute in 2005 and 2010.
Professor Wang has successively presided over the preservation of countless frescoes and ruins across Dunhuang, Tibet, Xinjiang and Ningxia, and has chaired over 20 research projects for the Ministry of Science and Technology, the State Administration of Cultural Heritage and Gansu Province. He was named to the list of Excellent Science and Technological Workers, and has been awarded the rank of Outstanding Expert from both The Ministry of Culture and Gansu province. He also has been awarded seven National Invention Awards and provincial scientific and technological progress awards.
Professor Wang is also president of the ISRM Commission on Preservation of Ancient Sites (CPAS), Vice Chairman of the China Association for the Preservation Technology of Cultural Relics, Vice Chairman and Secretary General, Commission on Preservation and Consolidation Engineering of Ancient Sites (CSRME), Committee member for the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), Vice Chairman of the China Dunhuang Grottoes Conservation Research Foundation and Council Member of the United States Dunhuang Foundation.

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CHANTAL WONG
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Chantal Wong holds degrees in Art History and Cultural Studies. She has worked in development at Asia Art Archive, HK and Outset Contemporary Art Fund, London and is currently the Head of Strategy and Special Projects at Asia Art Archive.

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