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CCNC 2005
CCNC 2004

Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote
Monday, January 9, 2006     8:00 - 9:00am

Douglas S. Rasor

Doug Rasor has over 20 years' experience in the semiconductor business. He is currently TI Vice President, Manager of Worldwide Strategic Marketing. As part of this role, Doug scouts, pioneers and incubates TI's entrance into new high-growth markets that leverage TI's real-time signal processing core competency. Examples of successful businesses that have been bootstrapped through Doug's Strategic Marketing organization are TI's chipset businesses for MP3 players, Digital Still Cameras, Digital Audio, Wireless Smartphone/PDA, DSL modems), etc. He is also responsible for spearheading TI's external venture fund activities.

Previous experiences include multiple Field Sales and Business Unit marketing assignments at TI, as well as Sales/Marketing management roles at Sierra Semiconductor. Before his entry into the Semiconductor industry, Doug was Director of Engineering at SIMUTECH where he led the development of real-time simulation hardware/software for the avionics network on the F-16 fighter aircraft.

Mr. Rasor obtained his degree in Systems Engineering from Wright State University, with postgraduate work in Computer Science.

Doug's leisure pursuits include gourmet cooking and playing guitar with Bandpass, a small blues/rock group comprised of several TI executives.

Workshop keynote
Sunday, January 8, 2006     8:30 - 9:30am

"Searching the world wide web of digital home networks"
Newton Lee, Disney Online

Newton Lee is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Computers in Entertainment magazine, a senior producer at Disney Online, an adjunct faculty member at Woodbury University, and a former Bell Labs researcher. Lee founded the Disney Online Technology Forums and has developed over 100 games and activities since 1996 for award-winning web sites Disney.com and Disney's Blast, as well as enhanced-TV programs for ABC's "Summer Jam Concert" and Disney Channel's "In Concert."

A pioneer on CD-ROM development, Lee created one of the first object-oriented scripting languages and cross-platform multimedia compilers for interactive CD-ROMs. He co-developed 11 CD-ROM titles including the award-winning bestsellers "The Lion King Animated Storybook" and "Lamp Chop Loves Music." He and his colleagues received the 1995 Michigan's Leading Edge Technologies Award.

Lee has served as a juror for the 2003 Emmy Awards for Advanced Media Technology. He has won two community development awards from the California Junior Chamber of Commerce, and four Disney VoluntEARS project leader awards. He has published two novels, a book chapter in "Machine Learning and Uncertain Reasoning" (Academic Press 1990), and dozens of research papers on software applications in medical science, national security, quality control, telecommunication, library science, and new media.

Lee holds a B.S. and M.S. in computer science from Virginia Tech, an electrical engineering degree and honorary doctorate from Vincennes University. He currently serves on the Strategic Advisory Council at the Virginia Tech Computer Science Department, the Multimedia/Web Design Advisory Board of the Art Institute of California, the IMSC Board of Councilors at USC, the WINMEC Media Entertainment Advisory Board at UCLA, and the Beijing Multimedia Industry Association Advisory Board.

Conference Banquet Keynote Speaker
Monday, January 9, 2006     8:40 - 9:10pm

Charles S. Swartz
Executive Director/CEO
Entertainment Technology Center at USC

Charles S. Swartz is the executive director and CEO of the Entertainment Technology Center at USC (ETC-USC), where he oversees efforts to understand the impact of new technology on the entertainment industry. He draws from more than two decades of experience in feature film and television production, academic programming and strategic consulting to lead the Center in identifying emerging entertainment technology issues and developing projects to study them.

Swartz began his in film and television production at Warner Bros. Television, Roger Corman's New World Pictures and Dimension Pictures, which Swartz co-founded. Swartz produced eight feature films and earned a screen credit for writing six of them.

After Dimension, Swartz became education specialist and program manager at UCLA Extension's Department of Entertainment Studies and Performing Arts. There, he created a trendsetting curriculum that reflected the rise of digital technology and business in entertainment and that set new standards for film and television education. Following UCLA, Swartz was named director of business development for the entertainment industry at Anderson Consulting (now Accenture) and then director of integrated strategy for media and entertainment at e-business consulting firm Sapient. When Sapient closed its media sector, Swartz founded Charles S. Swartz Consulting to connect entertainment clients with companies exploring the potential of broadband wireless.

Swartz assumed his current position at ETC-USC in 2003, refocusing and recharging the research center. The organization's current research projects include the Digital Cinema Laboratory, the New Digital Home and Digital Media Archiving. Swartz is governor representing SMPTE's Hollywood region and co-chair of the Hollywood section education committee. SMPTE named Swartz Fellow in 2004.