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Inventing the Post-Web World
The O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer and
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Washington, D.C. -- November 5-8, 2001


Michael R. Macedonia, PhD

Chief Scientist and Technical Director, US Army STRICOM

As the Chief Scientist and Technical Director for the US Army Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation Command (STRICOM), Dr. Macedonia is responsible for the planning and development of a comprehensive research program that provides the full spectrum of commercial and defense technology for a $ 1.1 billion per year enterprise. He chairs the STRICOM Technical Council and provides outreach to the commercial simulation industry. He oversees the Technical Advisory Board composed of leading CEO's and scientists from industry and academia, including the Chief Scientist of Disney and VP for New Technology for Kodak.

He is STRICOM's representative to the Army and Department of Defense Science and Technology community. He is a member of the senior executive level Army Science and Technology Working Group (ASTWG), the Army Research Lab Board of Visitors, and is the government representative for simulation technology to the Army Science Board.

A graduate of West Point, Macedonia served as an infantry officer in a number of United States and overseas assignments including Germany and the Middle East. He is a veteran of Desert Storm. Following his military service, Macedonia became the Vice-president of the non-profit Fraunhofer Center for Research in Computer Graphics, Inc. (CRCG) in Providence, Rhode Island. Macedonia then joined the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Virginia.

Macedonia has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and is the author of numerous publications; he previously worked extensively with the multicast networking community and has written one of the most often referenced publications in that area. He also contributed to the National Academy of Sciences report entitled "Virtual Reality: Scientific and Technological Challenges," detailing the further networking and communications research needed to continue the development of virtual reality systems. He has been quoted in numerous publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, National Defense, Playboy and The Nation. He also been an invited speaker at numerous forums including the Aspen Institute and SIGGRAPH.

He is a member of the editorial board for IEEE Computer, the second most read technical journal in the world, and the department editor for "Entertainment Computing". He is the co-editor of "Projects in Virtual Reality, for IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications. Macedonia is also the Chair of the Industrial Advisory Board for the University of Central Florida School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He also has served as an associate member for the State University System of Florida Digital Media Education Coordination Group and as a member of e-Entertainment subcommittee for the Florida Information Technology Task Force.

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