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EDUCATION
 
     
  2004

PhD. Candidate
The School of Engineering and Computer Science,
The Hebrew University, Jerusalem

 
  1996

M.P.S., Interactive Telecommunications.
The Interactive Telecommunications Program,
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, New York, NY.

  Received degree with Summa Cum Laude Distinction
     
  1993 M.A., Cognitive Psychology.
Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel.
  Received degree with Summa Cum Laude Distinction
     
  1989 B.A., Psychology. Minor: Sociology. Specialized in Cognitive Psychology.
Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel.
  Received degree with Cum Laude Distinction
     
  1980 - 1981 Computer Science Major.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Ma.

Completed second and third year courses in Computer Science (including LISP and Human-Computer Interaction).
  Studies interrupted at the end of the first year due to mandatory army service in Israel.
     
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE
     
  1999 - Present

Lecturer in Digital Media
Developed and teaching various courses at the following institutions:

- The Department of Industrial Design, Bezalel Academy of the Arts, Jerusalem, Israel
  • TEXperience: Technology for Future Experience
  • Physical Computing: Embedding Intelligence into Everyday Objects
  • Introduction to Multimedia Programming for Designers
 

- The School of Engineering and Computer Science, The Hebrew University Jerusalem
 

- The College for Technology, Tel-Aviv, Israel and The Department of Visual Design, Wizzo School of Design, Haifa, Israel
Supervising 4th year final projects in Interactive Media and teaching a 3rd year course:

  • Designing Experience: Interface and Interaction Design
     
  1996 - 1999 Lecturer
The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Herzliya, Israel
Developed and taught a series of courses in Digital Media and Computer Science:

Courses for the Digital Media Program:
  • Introduction to Digital Media
  • Issues in Digital Media
  • Introduction to Multimedia Programming
  • Designing Experience: Interface and Interaction Design
  • Digital Media Seminar
Courses for the School of Computer Science:
  • Introduction to Interface Design for computer science students
  • Introduction to Multimedia Programming for information systems students
     
  1996, 1998 Adjunct Professor
The Interactive Telecommunications Program, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, New York, NY.

Developed and taught a graduate level course:
  • Designing Experience: Interface and Interaction Design.
     
  1980 - 1981 Teaching Assistant
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA.
Teaching assistant for a first year course in the Fortran computer language (WATFIV dialect).
     
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WORK EXPERIENCE
     
  2005 - Present VP Product & User Experience.
TriPlay Inc, Shfayim, Israel
A leading player in the area of cross network and cross device "Super-Messaging"
 
     
  2001 - Present Information Technology Consultant
For various clients, Including:
  • Waves Inc.
  • MDRM
  • Earnix
  • Peres Center for Peace
  • Jones International University
  • Moshe Gerstenhaber
     
  1999 - 2001 Co-Founder and VP User Experience.
Earthnoise Inc, Tel-Aviv, Israel (co-funding by AOL)
Co-founder of Earthnoise Inc, an Internet Video Application Service Provider
  • Participated in defining original product vision as well as developing the needed product specifications.
  • Developed first two versions of product branding and graphic language.
  • Specified user interface requirements for all product modules, including: video community, video greetings, video center, online video editor, desktop capture/encode/upload tool, publication tools, administration tools, and partner projects such as Sprint PCS Video Mail.
  • Worked with engineering and project managers to bring product to fruition.
  • Developed and carried out usability-testing procedures in Israel and in the US.
  • Managed 12 people: three front-end web programmers, two graphic designers, one editorial director, two writers, and four community managers
     
  1996 - 1999 Program Director.
The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Herzliya, Israel
Director of the Digital Media Program, a two-year master's level program in
Digital media.
  • Developed program vision and curriculum (including over 15 courses).
  • Developed and carried out program entry requirements and exams.
  • Recruited a teaching team comprised of industry leaders.
  • Specified and designed the Gat Media Lab building, which included two labs, over twenty computers, an editing suite, and an AV room.
  • Developed marketing materials for the program
  • Hosted industry events (such as the Israel Multimedia Forum).
  • Received international Award for Student work (New Talent Selection at the Milia D'or show in Cannes, France).
     
  1996 - 1999 User Interface Researcher
The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Herzliya, Israel
Chief researcher in charge of a three-year funded study in Man-Machine Interaction.
  • Received 3-year research grant from the MOST (Multimedia Online Services Technologies) consortium of the Chief Scientist of the ministry of trade and commerce.
  • Developed Synopsus TM, a patent pending desktop-based video summarization tool. Currently running a trial with the Open University of Israel.
  • Managed one research assistant and one programmer.
     
  1994 - 1998 Multimedia Producer
For different clients, including,
  • The New York Times (Pulitzer nominated web site on Bosnia),
  • NiceCom Inc. (Purchased by 3Com)
  • The Rolling Stones rock group (Web site for the Voodoo lounge tour in 1994).
     
  1994 - 1996 Technical Director
The Jessica Helfand Studio. New York, NY.
Senior Associate in charge of multimedia production.
  • Participated in Product definition and specification
  • Produced marketing demos for clients.
  • Developed production processes for internal as well as external integration with the Discovery Channel.
  • Managed day-to-day operation of production unit.
  • Managed three web programmers and two graphic designers.
  • Projects include:
    The Discovery Channel Online (award winner)
    The National Museum of the American Indian (award winner)
    Smart Money Magazine
     
  1994 - 1995 Interface Designer and Assistant Producer.
The Voyager Company, New York.
  • Designed and produced the interface for the CD-ROM Spinal Tap: The CD.
  • Assistant producer on Who Invented the PC, and Spinal Tap: The CD.
     
  1993 - 1994 World Wide Web Project Leader
The Hippocrates Projects, New York University Medical School
  • Lead a one-year research and development project exploring educational uses of the World Wide Web with NCSA Mosaic.
     
  1991 - Present Behavioral Science Officer.
Israel Air Force, Training Division, (Reserve duty).
  • Consultant to the IAF in training materials development, cognitive task analyses, interface design, and digital media.
     
  1991 - 1993 Research Assistant and Instructor.
Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.
  • Co-developed a range of psychophysical perceptual studies.
  • Developed computer algorithms and performed statistical analysis.
  • Developed and taught a course on SPSS-X for first year Psychology majors.
     
  1985 - 1987 Scitex Intern.
Scitex Corporation Ltd, Research and Development Department, Herzlia, Israel
Participated in developing interactive systems for the printing and publishing Industries.
Responsibilities included
  • Software version management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Interface design.
     
  1982 - 1991 Air Traffic Controller
Israel Air Force, Part of Mandatory National Service (Reserve Service 1985-1991)
Shift Leader in charge of operational and day-to-day responsibilities of a airport control tower.
     
     
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AWARDS
     
 
1998
New Talent Pavilion Selection, Milia D'or, Cannes, France, for "Point of View", a student project under my supervision (Students: Guy Vardi and Roni Shaleev).
     
  1997 Pulitzer Nomination, for Bosnia web site designed and produced for the New York Times (with Fred Ritchin and Gilles Peres).
     
  1997 Design Distinction Award, ID (International Design) Magazine, for Bosnia web site designed and produced for the New York Times (with Fred Ritchin and Gilles Peres).
     
  1996 Award of Excellence in Information Design, Communication Arts Design Annual, for Discovery Channel Online web site.
     
  1996 Interactive Media Pioneer Award, New York University.
     
     
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PUBLICATIONS
     
 

Dekel, A., Yavne, G., Ben-Tov, E., Roschak, J. (2007).
The Spelling Bee - An Augmented Physical Block System that Knows how to Spell
ACE’07, June 13–15, 2007, Salzburg, Austria.

     
 

Jaffe, E., Dayan, A., Dekel, A. (2007)
Cube Management System: Tangible Interface for Monitoring Large Scale Systems.
Accepted for publication at the First ACM Symposium on Computer Human Interaction for Management of Information Technology (CHIMIT2007),
Boston, USA, April 2007.

     
 

Dekel, A. (2006)
Getting from Here to There: Some Questions about Physical-Mobile Design Processes
Paper accepted for presentation at the Workshop on Mobile Interaction with the Real World
MIBILEHCI2006, Espoo, Finland, Sept 2006

     
 

Dekel, A., Simon, Y., Dar, Y., Tarazi, E., Rabinowitz, O., Sterman, Y. (2005)
Adding Playful Interaction to Public Spaces
INTETAIN 2005 - Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment,
Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, Oct 2005

     
 

Dekel, A., (2005)
Digital Experience and the Physical World [pdf]
Workshop on User Experience Design for Pervasive Computing
Pervasive 2005, the Third International Conference on Pervasive Computing, Munich, Germany, May 2005

     
  Dekel, A., Knoller, N., Ben-Arie, U. (2003)
One Measure of Happiness: A Dynamically Updated Interactive Video Narrative using Gestures [pdf]
Interact 2003: IFIP TC13 International Conference on Human Computer Interaction , p 1011-1013
     
  Dekel, A, and Bergman, O. (2000)
Synopsus: A Personal Summary Tool for Video.
ACM-CHI2000: Conference on Human factors in Computing System, p 4-6, ACM Press.
     
  Algom, D., Dekel, A., Pansky, A. (1996).
The Perception of Number from the Separability of the Stimulus: The Stroop Effect Revisited.
Memory & Cognition, 24 (5), 557-572
     
  Dekel, A. (1994).
TheOpeningScreenŠ2.2
A multimedia critique of interface design, In Director Demystified, Peachpit Press, New York.
     
  Algom, D., Dekel, A., Pansky, A. (1993).
On the Perception of Number,
In A. Garriga-Trillo, P.R. Minon, Garcia-Gallego, C. Lubin, J.M. Merino, & A. Villarino (Eds.).
Fechner Day '93. Palma de Mallorca: International Society for Psychophysics, pp. 1-6.
     
     
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EXHIBITIONS
     
  2006 Containers
With Merav Salomon. At "Nissui Kelim", The Itim Center for Art
Tel-Aviv, Israel, June 29-July 2 2006.
     
  2006 Device 0.2
With David Opp, Day-Dream. At "Nissui Kelim", The Itim Center for Art
Tel-Aviv, Israel, June 29-July 2 2006.
     
  2005 Place de la bonne heure
For Miri Segal, Dvir Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel, April-May 2005.
[Development of the control system for the interactive Chair]
     
  2005 Normally Open Normally Closed
With Ezri Tarazi. Periscope Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel, January 2005.

Reactive Furniture. Design and Concept Ezri Tarazi. Interactive Control System: Amnon Dekel
     
  2003 One Measure of Happiness
With Noam Knoller and Udi Ben-Arie, Interactive Experience Exhibition, Interact 2003, Zurich, Switzerland.

A Dynamically Updated Interactive Video Narrative using Gestures
     
  1998 Maria Magdalene.
With Ran Hadari and Maya Zer. Group Exhibition, AKF, Goes, Holland.
[THUMNAILS TBD]
Hybrid digital/analog art piece linking the differernt theories of who the bibical character Maria Magdalene might have been.
     
  1996 Talk2Me: Exploring conversational body art
At the Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU, NY

Interactive body art driven by a phone conversation- viewer speaks to piece over phone - piece uses voice recognition to navigate through 45 minutes of video (on screen) and voice stories (over the phone).
     
  1996

TheOpeningScreenŠ2.3.
In Can You Digit? Group Exhibition. Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY.


Interactive floppy art (circa 1993) that serves as a critique of user interface models - includes the question- who is in control?

     
  1995 Machina Religina: The computer as religious artifact.
With Mairav Salomon. In Cage: Art in the Digital Age. Group Exhibition. Pulse Art Gallery, New York, NY.

Interactive installation art - "Portable" prayer box, including confessional chamber, candles, matches and volume knob. Interaction is driven by light levels in box (via number and timing of candles lit) and stochastic algorythms. Critique of the modern cumpulsion to see computers and technology as replacements for inner needs and desires.
     
  1995 Focus 002: ComputoPersonal Space
At the Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU, NY

Exploration of digital media as space for personal expression.
     
  1995 GenderPaint3.0: Hidden Gender Bias Analysis While Painting
At the Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU, NY

Paint program that includes hidden automatic (simplistic) semiotic analysis of gender relations in the painting. Results are revealed to user after painting is saved.
     
  1994 SpaceŠTime: Exploring Dynamically Self-Generating Video Documentaries
At the Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU, NY
[THUMNAILS TBD]
45 miniute interactive video installation documentary exploring four concepts (Cyberspace, Hybrispace, Interspace, Intraspace). During view, viewers can add their own comments which are recorded and become part and parcel of the piece for future viewers.