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at Los Angeles. Since 1980, Dr. Bikson's research has
investigated properties of advanced information technologies in
varied user contexts, addressing such issues as what factors affect
the successful incorporation of innovative tools into ongoing
activities; how these new work media influence group structures and
interaction processes; what impact they have on task and social
outcomes as well as user satisfaction; and what individuals and
organizations need to know to use them effectively. She has pursued
these questions as principal investigator for projects funded by
NSF, the Office of Technology Assessment, and the John and Mary R.
Markle Foundation. Her work emphasizes field research design,
intensive case studies, and large-scale cross-sectional studies
addressed to the use of computer-based tools in organizational
settings. Dr. Bikson is a member of Data for Development (a United
Nations' Secretariat providing scientific guidance on the use of
information systems in developing countries) and a technical
consultant to the U.N. Advisory Commission on the Coordination of
Information Systems. She is a frequent reviewer for professional
papers and has authored a number of journal articles, book
chapters, and research reports on the implementation of new
interactive media. She is a member of the AAAS, ACM, APA (fellow),
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, and the Society
for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Dr. Bikson recently
served on the NRC's CSTB Committee to Study the Impact of
Information Technology on the Performance of Service
Thomas A. DeFanti, Ph.D., is director of the Electronic
Visualization Laboratory (EVL), a professor in the department of
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and director of the
Software Technologies Research Center at the University of Illinois
at Chicago (UIC). He is also the associate director for virtual
environments at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications
(NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
DeFanti is an internationally recognized expert in computer
graphics. In the 24 years he has been at UIC, DeFanti has amassed a
number of credits, including: use of his graphics language and
equipment for the computer animation produced for the first Star
Wars movie; early involvement in video game technology long before
video games became popular; contributor and co-editor of the 1987
NSF-sponsored report Visualization in Scientific Computing;
recipient of the 1988 ACM Outstanding Contribution Award; an
appointment in 1989 to the Illinois Governor's Science Advisory
Board; and, his appointment as a University Scholar for 1989-1992.
DeFanti is also a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery.
He serves on the Technical