Academic Board

DeTao-Node will provide administrative and academic support for the supervision and advancement of doctoral research, leading to the award of the Plymouth MPhil and PhD. In consultation with De Tao, Plymouth University, and the Collegium President, the Executive Director of DeTao-Node will arrange academic supervision for each student, involving a Director of Studies, and Second, and Third Supervisors.  The Director of Studies and the Second Supervisor are directly associated with De Tao, and the Third Supervisor with Plymouth University. The supervisory team guides and supports the design and development of each student's research program, reporting periodically to Plymouth University’s Graduate school and informing the Research Degree Management unit of DeTao-Node.

The Director of Studies is the candidate’s main contact in all project-related matters. Candidates pursue their research independently, under the guidance of their supervisory team, and in interaction with fellow candidates during the nine Composite Sessions, throughout the research programme. The responsibility for the submission of the thesis lies with the individual student. The Director of Studies will aim to assist in every aspect of a candidates’ work, to build confidence, and support them in any other matters that might affect their progress. The Second supervisor is appointed to provide joint support in assisting candidates in their research, providing specialist knowledge in one or more aspects of candidates’ inquiry, and contributing to a balanced perspective. The Doctoral candidate, Director of Studies and second supervisor can be expected to work as a team throughout the whole research degree programme.

President Planetary Collegium: Professor Roy Ascott

Roy Ascott is internationally recognized as a pioneer of new media art, an educational innovator, and the seminal theorist of cybernetic and telematic art. His innovation in putting cybernetics and telecommunication in the creation of media art has great influence on media art development of Britain and Europe. He was awarded the first Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica Award “Visionary Pioneer of Media Art” in 2014, elected by many of the leading figures in the field. A graduate of King’s College, Durham University, he is Doctor Honoris Causa of the Ionian University in Greece, and Honorary Professor of Aalborg University, Copenhagen.

He founded the Planetary Collegium at Plymouth University in 2003. His work is shown internationally (including in the Shanghai Biennale), and is in major collections, such as the Tate Gallery, London. His writings are published in many languages, including Chinese. In 2012, Roy Ascott became DeTao Master of Technoetic Arts at the DeTao Masters Academy. With the full support of De Tao and its considerable resources, and a dedicated, highly qualified studio team, his aim is to promote, at the highest level, the development of transdisciplinary practice and research in art, science, technology and consciousness in China.

Director of Studies: Professor Hu Jieming

Artist, head of Digital Media Arts and chair of the academic board at School of Fine Arts, SIVA. Professor Hu Jieming is a leading artist of new media art in China. Graduated from the Fine Art Department of the Shanghai Institute of Technology, Hu started a career as an artist in 1980’s. As one of the few first-generation artists, Hu has achieved international recognition.

His solo exhibitions Dozens of Days and Dozens of Years (2007), Hi! A world (2006), Reverberations of the City (2005), Connected to You (2003), and RADEAU DE LA MADEUSE (2002) have been widely acclaimed. His works have been exhibited at galleries and museums in Holland, South Korea, Japan, US, Britain, Italy, Germany, Norway and many other countries.

Prof. Marc Battier, DeTao Master of Electroacoustic Music

Prof. Marc Battier is a composer of electroacoustic music (electronic music, computer music, live electronic music) whose music is widely performed and have been commissioned in several countries in Asia, Europe and North America. Being in the field since 1970, he has extensive knowledge of all types of electronic music, computer music and live electronic music.

He is known as a cofounder, with Leigh Landy and Daniel Teruggi, of the Electroacoustic Music Studies Network, which established a new field in musicology specifically for the musicological study of electroacoustic music. He is also known for developing the study of electroacoustic music in East Asia and is leader of the musicology of electroacoustic music in East Asia (EMSAN project), which led to the creation of databases of electroacoustic music in East Asia.

Dr. Craig Caldwell, DeTao Master of Digital Media Art

Craig Caldwell is a USTAR (Utah Science Technology and Research) Professor at the Digital Media Cluster, Film and Media Arts Department and School of Computing, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. Industry experience includes 3D Technology Specialist in Disney Academy for Walt Disney Feature Animation in Burbank, CA (Tarzan, Dinosaur, Atlantis, Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, Bolt) and Head of Creative Training, Tiburon Studio, Electronic Arts ( the largest games company in the world. Academic background includes Head of the Media Arts department, University of Arizona and Associate Director of the College of Fine Arts, Triestman New Media Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. He was Head of Griffith Film School, the largest Film School in Australia, Brisbane, Australia. At Northern Arizona University he was a Professor in the School of Art and Design and Co-Director of the NAU Visualization Lab with the Computer Science Department.

Prof. Min Wang, DeTao Master of Branding, Public Space and Visual Communication Design

Professor Min Wang is one of the pioneers in China’s art design and art education. He once worked as senior art director and design supervisor for Adobe Systems and taught at the Graphic Design Department of the Art School of Yale University from 1989 to 1997. He once worked as the Vice President of the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA). At the ICOGRADA Conference held in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2005, Professor Min Wang signed the agreement on hosting the ICOGRADA World Design Congress in Beijing in 2009 on behalf of China with Jacques Lange, President of ICOGRADA.As key organizer of the Congress, he successfully hosted this international design event which has always been of critical importance for China. 

In Beijing’s bid for the 2008 Olympic Games in 2001, Professor Min Wang was been as designer of the multi-media Olympic bid report, responsible for designing the Look of the Games. From 2006 to 2008, as the art director for image and landscape of the Beijing Olympic Committee, Professor Wang was in charge of the design and implementation of the overall look of the Olympic venues and the street landscape. 

Prof. Richard Tabor Greene, DeTao Master of Creativity Education

Prof. Richard Tabor Greene is a world renowned authority on Innovative Education and other Novelty Sciences. He is pioneering the world’s most comprehensive approach to study and practice of design. Richard set up Artificial Intelligence Circles, at N. V. Philips, Eindhoven, Thompson Electric, Paris, as a Coopers & Lybrand consultant. Prior to that he made the first sale to General Motors, other than by EDS’s CEO Ross Perot, as an EDS manager of Artificial Intelligence, by setting up AI Workshop Fairs at successive GM divisions, for the top 400 managers of each division. In Japan, Richard helped Sekisui Chemical Company win the Deming Prize for best quality by setting up software circles for them, after setting up Artificial Intelligence training for Masushita Electric Ind. Co. Ltd. in their primary product development lab.

Prof. Soon-In Lee, DeTao Master of Industrial Design and Management

Prof. Soon-In Lee currently holds the position of Professor of Industrial Design in Graduate School of Industrial Arts and Professor in charge of Design Management in International Design School for Advanced Studies at Hong-Ik University, Korea where he was Dean of International Design School for Advanced Studies and Now President of Seoul Design Center. And he is Chairman of National 3D Printing Forum.

Prof. Soon-In Lee has acted as President of International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) during 2011 to 2013, Chair of the Korea Design & Brand Management Society until 2011 and Executive General Manager at Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP) from 1997 to 2004.

Prof. Soon-In Lee is the General Director of the Gwangju Design Biennale (2006-2007). And he was in charge of numerous World Design Capital Seoul 2010 projects (2008) and exhibition research of Seoul Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo (2008-2010).

Besides, Prof. Soon-In Lee served as Director of the LG Electronics Corporate Design Center in Seoul and President of the LG Europe Design Center in Dublin.

Prof. Jack Lew, DeTao Master of Emerging Media and Arts Education

Professor Jack Lew is currently the Vice President and Dean of Visual Communication, Laguna College of Art and Design. Prior to joining the Laguna College of Art and Design, he served as Director of Collaborations at the Center for Emerging Media and as the Interim Director of the School of Visual Arts and Design at the University of Central Florida. Other academic positions include tenured roles at the Memphis College of Art and Kansas City Art Institute. His industry experience includes work at two of the world’s leading entertainment companies: Disney Animation and Electronic Arts (EA). During his time at EA, the world leading developer and publisher of video games, he was responsible for facilitating relationships with art schools and identifying the world’s finest art talent.

Prof. Xiaomao Wu, DeTao Master of Computer Graphics and Animation

Prof. Xiaomao Wu is Project Lead at Crytek Frankfurt Studio, Senior Associate Editor of ACM Computer in Entertainment, and Industrial Chair of Springer Encyclopedia of Computer Graphics and Games. He is the committee member of ACM SIGGRAPH Motion in Games 2014, VRCAI 2014 and Industry Talks of Eurographcis 2014. He is now directing the Cinebox project, working with Hollywood and other film/TV studio on real-time rendering, animation and state-of-the-art film making pipeline. He received his Ph. D. from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and continued his postdoctoral research at INRIA. Before joining Crytek, he worked at Autodesk, Microsoft, and INRIA on computer graphics and animation. His major research has been published in IEEE CG&A, Eurographics, ACM/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation and Computers & Graphics.


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