Daniel E. Atkins earned an M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, in 1967 and 1970, respectively. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as an assistant professor in 1972. In May of 1981, Atkins was promoted to the rank of full professor and in September of that year, in response to extraordinary opportunities in the College of Engineering, he joined the leadership team of the College as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies. From January 1989 through July 1990 he served as interim Dean of the college of Engineering. Since the mid 1980s, Atkins has provided research leadership in the use of distributed computing/communication to support distributed forms for team-based knowledge work. He became founding Dean of the new School of Information in July 1992 and held that position until September 1998. He is now Director of the University of Michigan Alliance for Community Technology.
Mark H. Ellisman is Professor of Neuroscience and Bioengineering and the Director of the Center for Research in Biological Structure at the University of California, San Diego, where he has taught since 1977. He received his masters degree in neurophysiology in 1974 and Ph.D. in molecular, cellular and developmental biology in 1976 from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He now directs the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research, an internationally acclaimed technology development center and research resource established by the National Institutes of Health. He is a pioneer in the development of three dimensional light and electron microscopy and combined application of these image acquisition tools and computational technologies to achieve greater understanding of the structure and function of the nervous system.
Edward A. Fox holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University. Since 1993 he has been at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he serves as Associate Director for Research at the Computing Center, and Professor of Computer Science. For the Association for Computing Machinery he served during 1988-91 as a member of the Publications Board and as editor in chief of ACM Press Database Products. He is editor for the Morgan Kaufmann Publishers book series on multimedia information and systems and serves on many editorial boards.