MARC DAVIS

INVENTION ARTS


MARC DAVIS

INVENTION ARTS

Marc Davis, visionary technologist and inventor, is Chief Scientist and Co-Founder of Invention Arts. With a distinguished career of technology research and development at the MIT Media Lab, Interval Research, UC Berkeley, and Yahoo!, Marc’s thought leadership has articulated—often over a decade beforehand—how people, the web, and the world will be connected. Marc and his teams have done pioneering research and development in digital video databases and remixing, automated media production, computer vision, mobile media, social media, and mobile and social advertising. Marc has transformed his ideas into over 150 patent applications, as well as numerous research prototypes, products, and publications. Most recently, Marc was Chief Scientist and Vice President of Early Stage Products (ESP) for Yahoo! Mobile. Marc and his team worked on innovative products and platforms such as Social Pulse, the Yahoo! Open Strategy (Y!OS), and the vision demo for the future of Yahoo! shown at CES 2008. In 2005, Marc was the Founding Director of Yahoo! Research Berkeley, which developed: ZoneTag, context-aware mobile photo capture and tagging software; TagMaps, a collective map of human attention created by analyzing millions of geocoded Flickr photos; Zurfer, a context-aware mobile photo browser; and Remixer, a web-based video remixing tool. From 2002 to 2006, Marc Davis served as Assistant Professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information where he directed Garage Cinema Research. Marc lead a multi-year Mobile Media Metadata research project that pioneered context-aware mobile media uploading, tagging, and sharing as well as context-aware face recognition. Marc Davis gives talks at leading industrial and academic conferences around the world such as Web 2.0, CES, CTIA, Telco 2.0, Mobilize, Mobile 2.0, Mobile Monday, MIT Futures of Entertainment, 0x0x0x, CTM Executive Round Table, ACM Multimedia, ACM WWW, ACM Ubicomp, ACM CHI, ACM MindTrek, and the Stanford People, Computers, and Design Seminar. Marc Davis’ ideas and work have been featured in major publications such as New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, BBC News, New Scientist, ZDNet Between the Lines, ZDNet Mobile Gadgeteer, TechCrunch, GigaOm, AllThingsD, SearchEngineLand, and ReadWriteWeb. Several influential books have featured articles by or about Marc Davis’ work including: Mobile Nation; The Long Tail; Narrative Intelligence; Beyond Productivity; and Readings in Human-Computer Interaction. Marc Davis earned his B.A. in the College of Letters at Wesleyan University, his M.A. in Literary Theory and Philosophy at the University of Konstanz in Germany on a German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship, and his Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Laboratory.