Prof. Venkatesh Rajamanickam

IIT Bombay, India

Title: AI and the Future of Design Education


Venkatesh Rajamanickam is a Professor at the IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay. He is a HCI designer, educator and researcher. His Information Design Lab at IIT Bombay utilizes graphic design, interactive computer graphics, data-processing algorithms and emerging technologies to address challenging problems in data, design and art. His research focuses on data-based and visual understanding of a range of issues from public understanding of science, urban living, politics, education, transportation, to generative art.

Prof. Janet Read

University of Central Lancashire, UK

Title: Working with Children in Co-design or in HCI


A pioneer in the research area of Child Computer Interaction, Janet is an academic within Computer Science where she has taught a range of subjects including HCI, Research methods for CS, User Centred Security, Interaction Design, and Mathematics. 

Before joining academia, Janet spent ten years teaching secondary mathematics. Her PhD at UCLan was the first research to consider how handwriting recognition could be used to support children’s writing and this work brought her into the then-new community of academics looking at interactive technology for children. She hosted the first Interaction Design and Children Conference (IDC) in Preston in 2003 and then repeated this in 2016, hosting it with the BBC. She founded the Fun and Games conference series at UCLan which later became the ACM CHIPlay conference series and has also hosted the British HCI conference.

Mr. Lawrence Lu

Founder Exofense AI

Title: Collective AI


Founder of Exofense, a company based in San Jose, California. He has been leading Exofense since May 2021. Lawrence has a long history of entrepreneurship, with 17 years of experience as the Founder of 629 Networks, dating back to May 2006. Before founding Exofense, he was also associated with Phorena Inc., where he served as the Founder from May 2016 to May 2021. ​ Lawrence Lu is an experienced entrepreneur who has worked in various fields such as product development, software engineering, and healthcare.

Dr. Balvinder Singh

Samsung Electronics, India

Title: Multimodal Interactions in XR


Dr. Balvinder Singh has extensive experience working in industry for 27 years driving innovation, core technology product development & building compelling consumer experiences. He has diverse professional experiences encompassing embedded software development, SoC development & end-to-end product development. He currently Heads the Advanced Research & Technology development at Samsung R&D, India; in domains of Generative AI, Computer Vision, Multi-modal Interactions, Sensor Intelligence, & Blockchain technologies, etc. He is responsible for building novel experiences powered by technology solutions across Smartphones, Wearables, XR & Robotic devices.