Daniel Simons is the head of Visual Cognition Lab at the University of Illinois. His recent research explores the cognitive underpinnings of our experience of a stable and continuous visual world. For example, his studies reveal the surprising extent of inattentional blindness — the failure to notice unusual and salient events when attention is otherwise engaged and when the events are unexpected. More broadly, he tries to identify those aspects of our environment that automatically capture attention and those that go unnoticed. Other active research interests include scene perception, object recognition, visual memory, visual fading, attention, driving and distraction. His laboratory adopts methods ranging from real-world and video-based approaches to computer-based psychophysical techniques.
William Gropp joined the University of Illinois as the Paul and Cynthia Saylor Professor in the Department of Computer Science. His research interests are in parallel computing, software for scientific computing, and numerical methods for partial differential equations. He has played a major role in the development of the MPI message-passing standard. He is co-author of the most widely used implementation of MPI, MPICH, and was involved in the MPI Forum as a chapter author. He is also one of the designers of the PETSc parallel numerical library, and has developed efficient and scalable parallel algorithms for the solution of linear and nonlinear equations. Gropp was named an ACM Fellow in 2006 and received the Sidney Fernbach Award from the IEEE Computer Society in 2008.
Klaus Schulten received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1974. He is Swanlund Professor of Physics and is also affiliated with the Department of Chemistry as well as with the Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology. Professor Schulten is a full-time faculty member in the Beckman Institute and directs the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group. His professional interests are theoretical physics and theoretical biology. His current research focuses on the structure and function of supramolecular systems in the living cell, and on the development of non-equilibrium statistical mechanical descriptions and efficient computing tools for structural biology.
Madhu Viswanathan’s research programs are in two areas; measurement and research methodology, and literacy, poverty, and subsistence marketplace behaviors. His research on subsistence marketplaces takes a micro-level approach to gain bottom-up understanding of life circumstances and buyer, seller, and marketplace behaviors. He directs the Subsistence Marketplaces Initiative and has created unique synergies between research, teaching, and social initiatives. All three arenas involve engagement of large and small businesses and social enterprises, as well as a diverse set of students and faculty across different disciplines. He founded and directs the Marketplace Literacy Project a non-profit organization that offers marketplace literacy programs in subsistence marketplaces.
Eric received his BFA in graphic and industrial design from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1998. His work professionally has been focused on creating enriching digital experiences on the web and environmentally friendly print and packaging material. Benson has provided digital work for such clients as the Vanguard Group, FILA, Credit Suisse First Boston and Texas Instruments. He has designed print and packaging material for Texas Instruments, MADD, Toyota, and produced a range of sustainable print collateral for Whole Foods. In 2006 Benson received his MFA from the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in design and social responsibility. His teaching methods and assignments hope to serve as an incubator for producing more socially responsible designers in the world.
Mr. Markham is president of Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services. He leads a dedicated team that is responsible for marketing, sales, communications, program and mission management, regulatory compliance, and business management for Commercial Launch. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Ft. Lewis College. He is a graduate of executive development programs at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and completed the Harvard Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security. He also serves as a board member of Illinois Business Consulting, Junior Achievement and a regional economic development council.
Joyce is an inventor, innovator, and educator with a passion for design. As a professional designer, she has worked across interdisciplinary boundaries and integrated marketing and product planning, engineering, and consumer needs into creative products. Her products have
accounted for more than $4 billion in sales for their divisions and have been awarded 58 patents in the US and worldwide. Her design research incorporates both design theory and lessons from her design practice. She has focused on empowering creativity in people with disabilities, exploring ways technology can facilitate designing for all by all. Her cross-functional professional experience acts as a magnifying glass to inspire new methods of learning and teaching through her research.
Dr. Clarke spent more than ten years with a management consulting firm working with leading organizations in several industries. He has significant experience leading the development and deployment of technology solutions in complex business environments. Clarke is the executive director of the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Illinois. The academy for entrepreneurial leadership is focused on developing an entrepreneurial culture in the students, faculty, and staff. He has been teaching at Illinois since 2004 as a Clinical Professor in Business Administration, his teaching interests include entrepreneurship, product development, consulting, sustainability, and project management.
Donna is the first Michael Aiken Chair, Director of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory (AVL) at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and Director of the Emerging Digital Research and Education in Arts Media (eDream) Institute. She is a recognized pioneer in Renaissance Teams and digital supercomputer visualizations called Visaphors. She and collaborators have thrilled millions with cinematic virtual tours through astrophysics, tornados, hurricanes, and other science domains to support story-telling through digital Visaphors in digital museum exhibits, high-definition television, and IMAX movies. She’s been nominated for Academy Award 1996 and the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry selected Donna Cox as one of 40 modern Leonardo Da Vinci’s.
Dr. Magnus Andersson joined Autonomic Materials, Inc. (AMI) in 2007 and is responsible for marketing efforts including customer development and support. He previously served as a Research Scientist in the Autonomous Materials Systems Group at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois. He earned his Ph.D. in Fluid Mechanics from Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden, in 2003.
Dr. Gerald Wilson currently leads technology development for AMI. He earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007. During his graduate work, he developed new chemistries for application in self-healing materials for composite, coatings and biomedical applications.
John and David Marchant, along with their collaborator Ben Smith, have been creating interactive dance theater works since 2005, when they premiered Leonardo’s Chimes at Washington University in St. Louis. It has since been performed at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in 2006 and at the 2008 SPARK Festival of Electronic Music and Arts in Minneapolis, and as part of the Inventions Suite, an evening-length interactive dance suite premiered at the 2008 Ingenuity Festival in Cleveland, OH. The broader focus of their development is computer dance/music systems to make art, games, and educational/ therapeutic tools that develop kinesthetic awareness through audio feedback. John is Associate Professor and Music Director of the UIUC Department of Dance and David is a Senior Lecturer at Washington University.
David and John Toenjes, along with their collaborator Ben Smith, have been creating interactive dance theater works since 2005, when they premiered Leonardo’s Chimes at Washington University in St. Louis. It has since been performed at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in 2006 and at the 2008 SPARK Festival of Electronic Music and Arts in Minneapolis, and as part of the Inventions Suite, an evening-length interactive dance suite premiered at the 2008 Ingenuity Festival in Cleveland, OH. The broader focus of their development is computer dance/music systems to make art, games, and educational/ therapeutic tools that develop kinesthetic awareness through audio feedback. John is Associate Professor and Music Director of the UIUC Department of Dance and David is a Senior Lecturer at Washington University.
Robinson holds a University Swanlund Chair at the University of Illinois. He is also the director of the University of Illinois Bee Research Facility, director of the Neuroscience Program, leader of the Neural and Behavioral Plasticity Theme at the Institute for Genomic Biology, and a professor
of entomology with affiliate appointments in the Departments of Cell & Developmental Biology, Natural Resources& Environmental Sciences, and Animal Biology and in the Beckman Institute of Science and Technology. He is the author or co-author of over 200 publications, pioneered the application of genomics to the study of social behavior, led the effort to gain approval from the National Institutes of Health for sequencing the honey bee genome, and heads the Honey Bee Genome Sequencing Consortium.
A graduate of Urbana’s University High School, Debevec leads the graphics laboratory at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies, helping develop the next generation of virtual reality. He is known for influential graphics research in the areas of image-based modeling and rendering,
high dynamic range imaging, image-based lighting, and photoreal digital humans. Techniques from his work have been seen in movies such as The Matrix, Spider-Man 2, Superman Returns, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Avatar. In February 2010 he received an Academy Award for the design and engineering of the Light Stage systems for character relighting in motion pictures.
Sanjay’s research interests include high-performance processor design. His past research on trace caches, the rePLay Framework, and soft-error tolerant microarchitecture has directly influenced several generations of processor chips from Intel, AMD, and other companies. His current
interests are in massively many-core processors and parallel programming models, such as GPUs, and is currently leading the Rigel Project at University of Illinois, which extends many-core computing into the 1000+ core realm. Rigel is the architecture component of Project Orion, which is a multi-frontier exploration of the architecture, programming tools and environments, and applications for future generation massively parallel chips.
Ross became the sixth director of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in 1997. He came from the Miller Theatre at Columbia University in New York City, which under his direction was recognized by The New Yorker as “the city’s hottest hotbed of innovative programming.” Deeply committed to embracing the art of the past as well as the art of our time across disciplines, aesthetic sensibilities, and cultural legacies, he views the Center as a potent blending of classroom, laboratory, and Public Square. He was also recently appointed to the Illinois Humanities Council Board of Directors and was made the chair of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Executive Board.
A former high school library media specialist and a lecturer in library science at Indiana University, Tilley is currently an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois. Her teaching and research interests include children’s print culture, media literacy, and school librarianship. One of her current research projects, Folktales and Facets, unites the study of information seeking and facet analysis in an attempt to develop an enhanced bibliographic record format for complex information resources such as folktales. She also investigates reading guidance concerning comic books for young people during the years 1938-1955.
Price was appointed to the William H. Severns Chair of Human Behavior in the College of Engineering in 1998. As the Severns Chair, his primary charter is to provide opportunities for engineering students to understand and develop skills in human behavior: interpersonal skills, leadership, teamwork, and management skills. Currently, Price is the Co-Director of the Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education (iFoundry). Price was the Founding Director of the Illinois Leadership Center from 2002-2006. He initiated the Technology Entrepreneur Center in 1999 to support scientist and engineering entrepreneurs in the development and growth of new businesses.