I received my B.S. from the University of Michigan in 1975 and my Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1983. My thesis advisor was Allen Newell. I was a member of research staff at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center from 1984 to 1986. Since 1986, I have been on the faculty of the Computer Science and Engineering Division of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of the University of Michigan where I am a Professor. I am a founder of Soar Technology and Chair of its Board. Soar Tech is an Ann Arbor company specializing in developing human-centric AI solutions for the U.S. military.
Bio: I am currently Chief Scientist at Narrative Science, a company focused on automated narrative generation from data. I am also a professor of Computer Science and Journalism at Northwestern University and a researcher in the areas of human-machine interaction, context-driven information systems and artificial intelligence. In 1999, I founded Northwestern University's Intelligent Information Laboratory (InfoLab). At the InfoLab, my team is creating technology that bridges the gap between people and the information they need. From 2000 to 2001, I also enjoyed a run as the weekly technology correspondent for WTTW's Chicago Tomorrow.
Bio: I work side by side with customers and partners to help them tackle their toughest technical problems both in the cloud and on the edge. I meet customers and partners where they are, work in the languages they use, with the open source frameworks they use, on the operating systems they use. I work with enterprises across the Media industry as well as a broad spectrum of domains including IoT, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, High Scale Compute, and Big Data.
I am passionate about creating the best client-side applications, analyzing user interaction to create better experiences and using AI to add intelligence to applications. I love my role because I have two clients -- the partner companies and Microsoft engineering teams. I make sure that partner feedback is always transparent to our internal teams so we can continue to make our products better for those developing on our platforms.
On a personal note, I live in Seattle with my boyfriend and two crazy birds. We both love to play video games, explore local beaches and trails, and brew (then drink..) beer!
Bio: My career centers around enabling future missions in high energy astrophysics. I specialize in the development of X-ray optical technologies, and am passionate about the education of students through research. I have extensive experience with optical metrology, diffraction gratings, and the simulation of X-ray optical systems. I'm always open to collaborating on astronomical instrumentation or discussing what makes academic research experiences impactful.