Eric is a learning futurist, tinkering with and designing technologies that may better inform the future of teaching and learning. Eric is president and research coordinator of MAVR, a research group working in immersive technologies for teaching and learning. Eric's day job is at the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies where he teaches courses and conducts research on issues related to technology in tourism and education. Eric also leads a team of interactive media designers for TEDxKyoto. His passion project, ARientation is an award winning, free-to-use, privacy-by-design augmented learning platform to rapid prototype augmented learning environments, also aiming to spread awareness of increasing aggressive data collection models using immersive technology. Eric's other projects have included augmented tourism rallies, AR community art exhibitions, mixed reality escape rooms, and other experiments in immersive technology.
Dr Leshan Wannigama is an infectious disease specialist, fellow and scientist at the Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship Research Unit, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. His research is on deciphering the mechanistic insights of chronic lung infections, development of novel targeted immunotherapies and treatment strategies to manage bacterial invasion and persistence, as well as pathological inflammation in human lungs.Leshan has also been an active scientific communicator in biofilm infections and chronic bacterial infections. He is a principal lead investigator of the ZeroCovid Trial and Covid asymptomatic surveillance in Thailand. Also visiting fellow at University of Western Australia School of Medicine and Yamagata Prefectural Central Hospital Japan. Moreover, Leshan has also contributed more than 50 scientific articles and has won several awards.