Synapse Forum Chair:

Kim Sawchuk, Professor, Communications Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

MODERATORS

Sara Diamond, Artistic Director, Media and Visual Arts, Banff Centre for the Arts; Director, New Media Institute, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Jeanne Randolph, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Tibor Vamos, Chair, Computer and Automation Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest; Professor, Budapest Technical University, Budapest, Hungary

Sara Diamond is a television and new media producer/director, video artist, curator, critic, teacher and artistic director who has represented canada at home and internationally for many years. She is currently the Executive Producer for Television and New Media and the Artistic Director of Media and Visual Arts at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Diamond has also created the New Media Institute, which offers year long series of think tanks, summits and workshops.

Jeanne Randolph is a psychoanalytically-biased cultural theorist whose most recent book is SYMBOLIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS (YYZ Books, 1997). She an assistant professor in the University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry.

Tibor Vamos
graduated at the Budapest Technical University, 1949, PhD. resp. D.Sc. Hungarian Academy of Sciences 1958, resp. 1958. Corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy, 1973, member 1979. President of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), 1981-84, Life Time Advisor of IFAC, President of the John v. Neumann Computer Society 1975-85, Honorary President 1987. Fellow IEEE, 1986. Honorary Member Austrian Computer Society, 1992; Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies, 1994. Doctor h.c. of the Tallin Technical University, 1986, Recipient of the Chorafas Prize of the Swiss Academies, 1994. Chairman of the Board, Computer and Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy, Professor, Budapest; Distinguished Visiting Professor of George Mason University 1992-93, Affiliate Research Professor 1993-94. Editorial Board Member of seven international periodicals, author of books (latest Computer Epistemology, 1991) and more than 200 papers.