Alexander Pasko is a professor at the National Centre for Computer Animation of the Media School at Bournemouth University in UK. He was born in Siberia (Russia), received M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI, Russia) in 1983 and 1988. He was a researcher at MEPhI from 1983 to 1992; assistant professor at the University of Aizu (Japan) from 1993 to 1999; associate and full professor at the Faculty of Computer and Information Sciences of the Hosei University in Tokyo (Japan) from 2000 to 2007.
Brian Duffy works in the area of human-robot interaction, social robots, humanoid robotics, and associated intelligent systems-based control and sensor mechanisms. Over the years he has worked in many academic and industrial institutions, both in researching and developing such technologies and also in their application in real-world contexts.