intelligence. Some specific research topics include lexical disambiguation, parsing, classifier combination, spelling correction, and language modeling. Before joining Microsoft, he was an assistant professor of computer science at Johns Hopkins University. He has served on the editorial board of Computational Linguistics and the Journal for Artificial Intelligence Research. Dr. Brill received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993.


ROBERT M. CORN is a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Corn is a leader in the development and application of surface-sensitive spectroscopic techniques such as surface plasmon resonance (SPR) imaging, optical second harmonic generation (SHG), and polarization modulation Fourier transform infrared (PM-FTIR) spectroscopy. His primary research interests include the study of biopolymer (e.g., DNA, protein) adsorption onto surfaces and the chemical modification of surfaces for the creation of ultrathin films and adsorption-based biosensors. Professor Corn also has ongoing research projects in the implementation of DNA computing algorithms at surfaces and the study of ion transfer processes at liquid-liquid interfaces. He received a B.A. in chemistry summa cum laude in 1978 from the University of California, San Diego, and earned a Ph.D. in 1983 from the University of California, Berkeley, under the direction of Professor Herbert L. Strauss in the application of FTIR to the study of motion in molecular solids. From 1983 to1984, Professor Corn was a visiting scientist at the IBM Research Laboratory in San Jose, California, where he applied the techniques of surface plasmon-enhanced Raman scattering and optical SHE to electrochemical surfaces. In 1985, Professor Corn moved to Wisconsin where he was a member of the Analytical Sciences Division of the Department of Chemistry and the Water Chemistry Program until 2004. In July of 2004, he moved to the University of California, Irvine, where he joined the Department of Chemistry. Professor Corn is a co-founder of two companies: GWC Technologies, Inc., maker of SPR instrumentation and other surface spectroscopic equipment, and GenTel BioSurfaces, Inc.


CHRIS DIORIO is an associate professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington. His research focuses on building electronic systems that employ the computational and organizational principles used in the nervous systems of living organisms. This work on neurally inspired computing includes studies of computing with action potentials, silicon learning systems, and implantable computers. He also works on high-speed circuit design. Dr. Diorio teaches courses in both digital electronics and integrated-circuit (IC) design, and is developing new course material in two areas: (1) alternative computing paradigms, including neural, quantum, and DNA computers, and (2) digital IC design at microwave clock frequencies. He received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Presidential Early Career Award in 1999. Dr. Diorio was awarded a 5 year Packard Foundation Fellowship in science and engineering in 1998 and also an NSF Career Award that same year. In 1996, he was awarded the Electron Devices Society’s (EDS’s) Paul Rappaport Award for the best paper in an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers EDS publication. He completed his doctoral research in electrical engineering at the Physics of Computation Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, in 1997. Dr. Diorio has also served as a senior staff engineer for TRW, Inc., and as a senior staff scientist for American Systems Corporation. He received his B.A. in physics from Occidental College in 1983 and his M.S. in electrical engineering in 1984 from The California Institute of Technology.


LEAH EDELSTEIN-KESHET is a professor of mathematics at the University of British Columbia. She received her Ph.D. in 1982 from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, specializing in applied mathematics and working with Professor Lee A. Segel. She is a member of the Mathematics Department and the Institute of Applied Mathematics at the University of British Colombia. She is also a former president of the Society for Mathematical Biology. Although her main area of interest is mathematical biology, Dr. Edelstein-Keshet works in several areas, including the molecular biology of the cytoskeleton, the dynamics of swarming and social organisms and, more recently, models for neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s disease and pathogenesis of type 1 (autoimmune) diabetes.



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