ASTEC 2012, Asian Simulation Technology Conference, February 24-26, 2012, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Introduction to OCEAN US

Prof. Salvador Barrera
Program Director
Carnegie Mellon University
ETC-Japan Campus
Tel: 06-6569-1911
Fax: 06-6569-1917


Introduction to ETC-Japan and those to salient projects conducted in this past years such as OCEAN US.

OCEAN US is continuing the Entertainment Technology Center's development of two interactive crowd experiences for the 2012 World Expo in Yeosu Korea. Our team is based at the ETC's Osaka Japan campus.

All guests entering the 2012 expo will pass through the Expo Digital Gallery, walking under a massive LED ceiling display showing our content. Hundreds of guests at a time will be able to interact with the ETC's Safe Spot and Sumi Twitter experiences. Safe Spot is an augmented reality experience that uses a network camera to virtually transport people onto the melting sea ice of the arctic and Sumi Twitter is an animated visualization of a Twitter feed that breathes life into tweets with the help of colorful ocean life.

The theme of the 2012 expo is "The Living Ocean and Coast" Exhibitions at the expo will focus on ocean ecosystems and the relationship between humanity and the sea. The interactives that we design will express these themes while creating a fun and immersive experience for all who attend the expo.


Salvador Barrera is a faculty member at the Entertainment Technology Center of Carnegie Mellon University. Originally from Mexico City, he graduated from Tokyo Institute of Technology where he obtained both a Masters and Doctoral degree of Computer Science and Engineering in the field of Computer Graphics and Virtual Reality. Before he joined Carnegie Mellon, he dedicated his research to develop a new input device for virtual environments. He has published several papers at conferences such as SIGGRAAPH, Computer Graphics International, IEEE, ICEC and many others.
He is currently the Program Director of ETC-Japan in Osaka where he also serves as Faculty Advisor for projects with NEC in Nara and GL and Associates in Korea