David Elliott Born in Britain in 1949, David Elliott is an art gallery and museum curator. After studying history at the University of Durham, and History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Elliott worked as an exhibitions officer at the Arts Council of Great Britain, after which he served as director of the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford from 1976 to 1996. Elliott's programme at Oxford included exhibitions of art from Latin America, Asia, South Africa, Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Elliott was then the Director of the Moderna Museet (Museum of Modern Art) in Stockholm from 1996 to 2001. From 1998 to 2004 he was President of CIMAM (the International Committee of ICOM for Museums of Modern and Contemporary Art). In the 90s he curated the big exhibition 'Art and Power', exploring the relationship of art with the totalitarian regimes in Europe in the first half of the 20th century. The exhibition was shown in various museums across the world. Between 2001 and 2006 Elliott was the director of Tokyo's Mori Art Museum, a large privately endowed museum devoted to contemporary (particularly Asian) art, architecture and design. He was recently appointed Director of Istanbul Modern (starting January 2007), a post which he resigned from on October 16th, 2007. Elliott is Artistic Director for the 17th Biennale of Sydney and 'The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age' which will take place from 12 May to 1 August, 2010. Hiroshi Ishiguro Hiroshi Ishiguro, professor at the University of Osaka and guest group leader at ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories, served as the model for HI-1, the very first geminoid. Since 2006, HI-1 and other geminoids have been used for the purposes of research, which has essentially been following two approaches. Some projects concentrate on the development of a functional remote-control mechanism and the programming of movements that most closely resemble the way a human being naturally moves, while others focus on cognitive modeling to investigate typical characteristics of humans"”for instance, 'human presence'. The combination of the two approaches leads ultimately to the development of robots that strongly resemble a human being and open up novel insights into human nature.