Associate Professor of Emerging Media at CAVAD, Founder & Creative Director, Heavy Projects
BC [Heavy] Biermann is Creative Director and Founder of Heavy Projects, a Senior Civic Media Fellow at the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab, and an Associate Professor of Emerging Media at CAVAD. With a PhD in Humanities [Inter-media Analysis] from the Universiteit van Amsterdam, BC’s futurist work investigates the intersection of emerging technologies and semiotics in ways that address its impending social, political, and ethical impacts. As an internationally recognized digital artist, BC is a pioneer in interactive augmented reality [AR] design and his work has appeared in Geneva, San Francisco, New York, Miami, San Diego, St. Louis, and Perth; and in publications such as Fast Company, Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, IEEE Spectrum, Creator’s Project, PC World, C|Net, and The Atlantic. A thought leader in the converging technologies space, BC serves on the IEEE Mixed Reality and Artificial Intelligence Group as a Part of The Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems.
Subject matter expert speakers from a diverse range of areas based upon their experiences, will comment on current and past “reality” implementations, experiences, implications to humans, and share an outlook to the future. Topics are not limited to the technical aspects, but also the social, ethical, legal, and policy impacts.