Prof. Horst Hortner
Horst Hörtner is a scientist, researcher and inventor of the SPAXELS (3D display with drones). The Senior Director at Ars Electronica Futurelab he is an expert in design of Human Computer Interaction and holds several patents in this field.
In 1989 he freelanced as a developer in the areas of real time control, ropebelt conveyors & robotics. In 1991 he co-founded the artists group "x-space" which created computer interactive arts, robotics, net-art and won a Prix Ars Electronica 93 Honorary Mention for Ein Ohr allein ist noch kein Wesen in 1993.
In 1997 he became Director of ARS ELECTRONICA FutureLab, managing the Ars Electronica development laboratory, responsible for the design of virtual environments, concepts for interactive installations, and systems-design for web based applications. In 1997 he became a Member of Christian Doppler Laboratorium for software engineering at the University Linz and Associate Professor at the Universität für künstlerische und industrielle Gestaltung, Intermediäre Labors, (Linz, Austria).
In 1998 he became a Member of the Multimedia Content And Broadband Expert Group (5th Framework Program, European Commision DGXIII/E-4)
He was also the Moderator for the Computer animation and Visual Effects Prix Ars Electronica Forum in 1999 and a Jury Member for the Prix Ars Electronica in 2000.
Since 2013, Horst Hörtner also holds a position as conjoint Professor at the University of Newcastle/Australia. He is working in the nexus of art & science and giving lectures and talks at numerous international conferences and universities.