Senior Researcher, Institute for the Future
Mike Liebhold is currently a Senior Researcher for the Institute for the Future, IFTF, focusing on the implications and technologies of a geospatial web as a platform for pervasive and ubiquitous computing, is serving as an advisor to a web mapping startup - platial.com, and is loosely affiliated with informal international networks of geospatial hackers and artists. Previously, Mike was a Visiting Researcher, Intel Labs, working on a pattern language for ubiquitous computing based on semantic web frameworks. In the 1980s and early 1990's as a Senior Scientist at Apple's Advanced Technology Labs, Mike lead the Terraform project--an investigation of cartographic and location-based hypermedia and the launch of strategic partnerships with the National Geographic, Lucasfilm, Disney, MIT, AT&T Bell Labs, and others. Mike then served for three years as Chief Technology Officer for Times Mirror publishing, launching dozens of -very- early .com websites. Following TM, Mike worked for two years as a senior consulting architect at Netscape. During the late 1990s Mike worked on startups building large scale international public IT services and IP networks for rural regions in the US, China, India, Europe, and Latin America, and was a Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation project to bring Internet2 broadband IP networks to seventy rural low income communities in the US.
Most Recently Mike
- Was a producer and program leader for the Technology Horizons "New Geography" Conference at the Presidio of San Francisco, in October 2004. The two day workshop was aimed at helping technologists and strategic planners from top tier companies, public enterprises and the public to better understand the emerging geospatial information infrastructure. The event included The Fort Scott Locative Experience, a hands-on field exercise for conference attendees exploring a prototype geospatial web combining digital geodata and modern web hypermedia. The event was reviewed here by author Howard Rheingold: in an article titled The Geoweb and Deep Place
- Lead research and was principal Author of [PDF] INFRASTRUCTURE for the New Geography, published by the IFTF
- Lead several dozen workshops and presentations on the geospatial web to IFTF client companies and public agencies in technology, communications, media, automotive, business services and public health and medicine.
- Delivered invited presentations to academic groups, including a Stanford University, digital tech and public arts class, Media Technolgy Lab California State University, and this talk at the Annenberg School, University of Southern California which is archived and viewable online: Mike_Liebhold_lecture:_The_Geospatial_Web_and_Mobile_Service_Ecologies:
- Has been interviewed by several leading journals including, EOM, Earth Observation Magazine, and a brief interview in the MIT Technology Review available online here: Q&A WITH MIKE LIEBHOLD Mapping "Deep Place" By Spencer Reiss.
- Was interviewed on US on US National Public Radio show broadcast to 60 stations across the US. The audio for the show is archived and can be heard online here: On Point : The New Sense of the Web.
- Is currently scheduled to deliver keynote or plenary talks at several upcoming conferences: Location Intelligence, Where2.0, Geoweb2006, the NSGIC, National States Geographic Information Council - (US State Chief Cartographers and US federal agency liasons, and URISA The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association.