Stresa, Italy
September 5-7, 2001

Keynote speaker

Alan C. Kay

is a renowned visionary, and pivotal researcher in modern computer science. He is best known for the idea of personal computing, the concept of the intimate laptop computer, and the inventions of the now ubiquitous overlapping-window interface and modern object-oriented programming. His deep interest in children and education was the catalyst for these ideas, and it continues to be a source of inspiration to him. Alan Kay got his Ph.D. in Computer Science, at the University of Utah in 1969, with a thesis about the first graphical object-oriented personal computer. While there he also contributed to the design of the ARPAnet (now known as the Internet). He became a researcher in the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, in 1970. In 1971, he became a group leader at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center where he invented the Smalltalk programming language, the overlapping window interface, bitmap painting, and contributed to WYSIWYG editing and Desk Top Publishing. After Xerox he was Chief Scientist of Atari, and from 1984 to 1997, was a Fellow at Apple Computer, during which time he also taught children to use computers at the Open School in West Hollywood, California. In 1997, he joined Walt Disney Imagineering as a Disney Fellow and vice president of research and development. Kay 's current interests continue to center on creating better learning environments for children and adults, especially to understand better ways to extend, capture, transmit and think about ideas via computer media.

Last update: Mar. 12, 2001