Matthew Schroyer

Schroyer has a Master’s in journalism from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he taught journalism and mapped crime and pollution as part of data journalism investigations. He was a contributor to, an interactive web site using computer assisted reporting practices to report on crime at UIUC, which won an Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

Presently, he writes and conducts research for the National Science Foundation grant EnLiST, which offers entrepreneurial leadership training and professional development for K-12 STEM teachers. At EnLiST he studies how teaching and learning networks that bridge classrooms, schools, and districts can be used to effect positive changes. At the grant, he also develops the “Drones for Schools” program, and teaches students to design, fabricate and program unmanned aerial systems to monitor the environment.

He is the founder the Professional Society of Drone Journalists (PSDJ) at, and co-founder of the transdisciplinary Drones For Good initiative



Jeff Robbins

At Rutgers University, Jeff Robbins teaches upper level research writing courses on a wide spectrum of topics including “Technology”, “Order, Chaos, and the Universe”, “The Corporation”, and “Biosphere Politics”. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master’s / A.B.D. in Physics from the University of New Mexico. Before coming to Rutgers in 2002, his professional career ranged from research engineering on the Apollo Saturn V rocket to automated testing of electronic and fiber optic systems. His research interests stem from an ongoing concern for the, too often swept aside, bite backs of rising technical order.

In support of his concern, Jeff has moderated forums on the future of artificial intelligence, computers, and robotics, and media’s increasing role in childhood and adolescence. He has been invited to speak on the impacts of GPS navigation dependency, marketing to children, and high definition television. In addition to presentations at International Society for the Systems Sciences sponsored conferences, beginning with the 1985 Carnahan Conference held at the University of Kentucky, he has presented 10 papers at IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology conferences and international symposiums.

His papers and articles have been published in Technology and Society Magazine, The Journal of Cases on Information Technology, and The New Atlantis. His essay, “Humanities’ tears” appears as a chapter in Exact Methods in the Study of Language and Text. “An Eastern Exposure on the West,” won the $10,000 First Prize in a national essay competition. The prize was presented at the U.S. National Press Club. He recently completed a book manuscript with the working title Shortcut: Technology and the Trap of Losing It For Not Using It. His first book, On Balance and Higher Education: A Gesture to the Second Law of Thermodynamics, was published by Philosophical Library. It is available in 94 research libraries worldwide.



Martin Kallstrom

CEO Memoto AB, Sweden

Martin is the founder and CEO of Memoto, the Stockholm startup developing the world’s smallest lifelogging camera. He is an experienced entrepreneur and technologist, thinker and tinkerer. The past decade was a period of transformation for him. Since both his parents passed away in cancer and his two daughters came into his life, he realized how much value there is in the small everyday moments that ties our lives together. This realization paired with his view on life that anything is possible if you put your heart into it, was the igniting spark behind Memoto.

His previous company is Twingly, which was a revolution in the European blogosphere when it launched in 2006, bridging the gap between blogs and new media and the old, thought to be dead newspapers. The social media search engine now feeds social media data to many international media monitoring companies while still being a strong democratization platform by providing newspaper readers with the in-depth conversations from the blogosphere.

Martin’s mantra in life is to strive to create value rather than success. With the launch of Memoto, thousands of people are now looking forward to see how their lives will be transformed by the advent of the world’s smallest lifelogging camera.



Susan N. Herman

President of the ACLU

Susan N. Herman was elected President of the American Civil Liberties Union in October 2008, after having served on the ACLU National Board of Directors for twenty years, as a member of the Executive Committee for sixteen years, and as General Counsel for ten years.

Herman holds a chair as Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, where she currently teaches courses in Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure, and seminars on Law and Literature, and Terrorism and Civil Liberties. She writes extensively on constitutional and criminal procedure topics for scholarly and other publications, ranging from law reviews and books to periodicals and on-line publications. Recent publications include two books, TERRORISM, GOVERNMENT, AND LAW: NATIONAL AUTHORITY AND LOCAL AUTONOMY IN THE WAR ON TERROR, editor and co-author, with Paul Finkelman (Praeger Security International 2008) and THE RIGHT TO A SPEEDY AND PUBLIC TRIAL (Praeger 2006) (part of a series on the Constitution), and law review articles including The USA PATRIOT Act and the Submajoritarian Fourth Amendment, 41 HARV. CIV. RTS.-CIV. LIB. L. REV. 67 (2006).

Herman has discussed constitutional law issues on radio, including a variety of NPR shows; on television, including programs on PBS, CSPAN, NBC, MSNBC and a series of appearances on the Today in New York show; and in print media including Newsday and the New York Times. In addition, she has been a frequent speaker at academic conferences and continuing legal education events organized by groups such as the Federal Judicial Center, and the American Bar Association, lecturing and conducting workshops for various groups of judges and lawyers, and at non-legal events, including speeches at the U.S. Army War College and many other schools. She has also participated in Supreme Court litigation, writing and collaborating on amicus curiae briefs for the ACLU on a range of constitutional criminal procedure issues, and conducting Supreme Court moot courts, and in some federal lobbying efforts.

Herman received a B.A. from Barnard College as a philosophy major, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a Note and Comment Editor on the N.Y.U. Law Review. Before entering teaching, Professor Herman was Pro Se Law Clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Staff Attorney and then Associate Director of Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York.



Daniel Kish

World Access for the Blind

Daniel Kish is the lead founder and President of World Access for the Blind. This 501(c)(3) non-profit organization uniquely combines a self directed, no limits approach with expertise in perceptual development, positive psychology, person-centered instruction, and public education to develop and mobilize innovative, high impact strategies to facilitate self directed achievement by challenging all forms of blindness throughout the world.

Daniel holds Master’s degrees in both Developmental Psychology and Special Education, emphasising perceptual development, family dynamics, and children at risk. He also holds two national certifications in Orientation and Mobility, COMS and NOMC. Daniel is the first totally blind individual to obtain both certifications. He has maintained employment in this capacity since 1996 as an itinerant instructor for many school districts, rehabilitation agencies, and private persons throughout the world. He believes in a strong interdisciplinary education model, making a point to work in close collaboration with all professionals and other supports in relation to each student.

Consequently, Daniel has collaborated extensively with very renowned therapists and specialists in the areas of neural science, communication, biomechanics, and perception. Given his unique combination of training, background, and associations, Daniel refers to himself as a Perceptual Mobility Specialist, emphasizing in his instructional practice the perceptual foundations underlying navigation and environmental interaction. Daniel has worked with over 500 blind students of all ages and backgrounds, and from many cultures. He has particular experience with deaf-blindness, autism, and perceptual processing disorders.

Though Daniel’s main expertise lies in developing all aspects of human perception in sighted as well as blind people, he is perhaps best known for his expertise in echolocation. In this area he has conducted pilot research, and has completed one of the most comprehensive literature reviews detailing the nature and utility of echolocation in blind humans. From this research, in-depth collaborations with noted scientists and perception experts, and over ten thousand hours experience with students of all types and cultures, Daniel created the first systematic, comprehensive echolocation curriculum for advanced training. So advanced are the results of this training that Daniel has coined the term “FlashSonar” to underscore the advantages to his specific approach to the advanced instruction and use of active echolocation in contrast to traditional approaches to echolocation, which he believes to be rudimentary by comparison.

Daniel and some of his students have applied FlashSonar combined with other techniques to riding bicycles independently at moderate speeds through unfamiliar environments, and to participate effectively and independently in other complex activities such as skating, ball play, and solo wilderness travel. Through World Access for the Blind and its partners, Daniel is engaged in global efforts to share the advantages of perception based instruction and FlashSonar in the professional training and personal development of all blind people.



Ellen M. McGee

Ethics Consultant

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Ellen M. McGee is presently an ethics consultant, offering ethics education to organizations and institutions, and lecturing widely. She, also, serves as a speaker for the New York State Council on the Humanities.

She is are retired adjunct professor of philosophy at Long Island University, where she taught for over twenty-five years, having previously taught at Fordham University. She founded and directed the Long Island Center for Ethics, now The Institute for Education for Social Justice. She subsequently served as Associate for Bioethics at The Long Island Center for Ethics where she coordinated the Nassau-Suffolk Health Care Ethics Network. Dr. McGee received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Philosophy from Fordham University, New York and a B.A. from Marymount College, Tarrytown, New York. She teaches medical ethics, computer ethics, social work ethics and philosophy at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and researches, lectures, and publishes in the areas of enhancement technologies, particularly implantable brain chips, and end-of-life care, suicide intervention, human rights, and reproductive issues.

Dr. McGee has been a member of both The Hospice Project and The Hospice and Alzheimer Project at the Hastings Center; she was a member of the Advisory Committee on Nursing Homes: New York State Partnership to Improve End-Of-Life Care, and has served on a Hospice Ethics Committee and both the IRB and Ethics Committees of area hospitals. She has appeared as an ethics consultant on the network news and radio and has developed, organized and presented many conferences including those on Enhancement Technologies, Good Dying, and Health Care for Diverse Communities.

Her articles and papers have been published in the Hastings Center Report, The American Journal of Bioethics, AJOB Neuroscience, and the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics; the article she coauthored in 1999 with Gerald Q. Maguire, Jr., on “Implantable Brain Chips? Time for Debate” has been anthologized and republished widely.



Corey Manders

Research Scientist
Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR

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Upon first glance, Corey’s professional journey has been what most would consider an almost impossible dichotomy. As a former professional musician, his appreciation for the aesthetic is undeniable. As a Ph.D in computer engineering, his respect for the technical can’t be taken for anything but remarkable either.

After earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts in music from York University in 1991, Corey spent the better part of a decade supporting himself as a musician. Creating and playing music while touring the world, as well as from inside the studio, he was able to realize a type of success in the arts that few are ever able to. However, while realizing one dream, he soon found that he had developed another.

In 1998, he found himself back in Toronto, but this time at the University of Toronto, and in a completely different field – technology. There he was able to study under several of the world’s foremost experts in computer user interfaces and interaction, including Steve Mann, who is widely considered to be “the father of wearable computing”.

Eventually, his educational experiences in computer science and engineering ultimately culminated in a Ph. D, and a new career in the tech world when he graduated in 2006.

In 2007 he joined the research team at the A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research in Singapore. There, he worked on numerous projects that studied and helped create new ways for people to interact with their technology. He has been published in dozen’s of journals, and part of a team that designed and patented a system for the manipulation of 3-dimensional digital assets using physical movement.

Today, he brings his vast amount of tech knowledge and experience to his work. With his unique combination of computer engineering prowess, and passion for the arts, he’s able to see things in ways that only a select few can.