Meet the Chiefs
Chief Executive Officer
If there ever was a gap between science, art, business and technology, Ariel has closed it. Her work converts the workings of the mind into tangible solutions.
Ariel has researched at the Krembil Neuroscience Institute studying hippocampal neurogenesis, displayed work at the Art Gallery of Ontario, DeLeon White Gallery, and opened Toronto Fashion Week. The intersections of these diverse interests have culminated into various lectures with topics such as “The Neuroscience of Aesthetics” and “The Neuroscience of Conflict, featured on TVO's Big Ideas.
Referred to as the “Brain Guru” by Now Magazine, CBC Radio and the Toronto Star, Ariel has also run a successful real estate business, spent time as the designer and owner of a Canadian fashion boutique, and is a practicing psychotherapist.
Chief Operations Officer
The jump from the music business to the thought-controlled computing business may seem like a giant leap, but Trevor brings the energy, integrity, creativity and business sense developed during his life as an impresario to the brainwave industry, no problem.
In 2005, Trevor walked into a small Portuguese seafood restaurant called The Boat in trendy Kensington Market and sold himself as an event broker. He said The Boat would change the neighbourhood and become one of the hottest spots in the city – and within a year, it did.
After The Boat he moved on to work as a promoter for highly successful event organizers, AD/D, and started his own agency representing DJs and providing consulting for corporate clients.
Chief Technical Officer
Chris may have a MASc. in Computer Engineering, but his expertise expands well beyond computing into the music, design, prosthetics – and then who knows what next? His work encourages people to interact with technology in new ways, consistently blurring the boundary between human and computer.
As co-founder and lead designer of FUNtain.ca he produces the world's only musical instruments that run on water. His hydralophones were displayed in Toronto's Nuit Blanche art festival, have done the wading pool circuit in Toronto parks and can be found permanently installed outside the Ontario Science Centre. Seriously into the field of fun, his yoyo-powered mp3 player brought home the Grand Prize in a Popular Science/Core 77 design challenge.
With plenty on his plate, Chris brings still more to the table: a solid background in cybernetics and artificial perception, having helped design and build the EyeTap visual prosthetic.
Dr. Steve Mann
Founding Member / Research Advisor
InteraXon owes a great deal of thanks to founding member Dr. Steve Mann, who developed the initial technology used in many of InteraXon's early projects.
Dr. Mann has written more than a hundred research publications and been the keynote speaker at no less than 24 scientific and industry symposia. He is most famous as the inventor of the wearable computer and NOW, The Globe and Mail, National Post, and Toronto Life have all described him as "the world's first cyborg".
Currently, Dr. Mann teaches Electrical & Computational Engineering at the University of Toronto and is working to bring his newest invention the Hydraulophone (an instrument that makes music entirely from water) to market.
Also instrumental to InteraXon's early success, Dr. James Fung developed much of the technology used in InteraXon's first projects. His work won the ACM Multimedia 2005 Open Source Software Award and has achieved implementation of vision algorithms on the GPU, including projective image stitching, Chirplet detection, Radon Transforms and natural feature processing and matching.He has been an author on 12 peer reviewed papers in IEEE and ACM conferences in the areas of parallel GPU Computer Vision and Mediated Reality and his work has been featured on the Discovery Channel and the CBC. Currently he is in California working on advanced reasearch projects for nVidia.
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