John Laird

John Laird

Bio:

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. 

Kristian Hammond

Kristian Hammond

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.

Kelsey Huebner

Kelsey Huebner

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!

Casey DeRoo

Casey DeRoo

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.