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Henrik Christensen
Director/CRI

Henrik Christensen is the director of the UC San Diego Contextual Robotics Institute and a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering. Christensen came to UC San Diego after serving, most recently, as executive director of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Christensen was initially trained in mechanical engineering and worked subsequently with MAN/BW Diesel. He earned a master’s and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Aalborg University in Denmark, in 1987 and 1990, respectively.

 

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James Fowler
Professor
Professor Fowler’s work lies at the intersection of the natural and social sciences, with a focus on social networks, behavior, evolution, politics, genetics, and big data.  He is a founding faculty member of HDSI, and author of the international best-selling book Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives.
Fowler has been named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers, TechCrunch’s Top 20 Most Innovative People, Politico’s 50 Key Thinkers, Doers, and Dreamers, and Most Original Thinker of the year by The McLaughlin Group.
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Larry Smarr
Director/Professor, CSE

Professor Smarr is founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a UC San Diego/UC Irvine partnership. His research includes pioneering work in advanced cyberinfrastructure and the quantified self movement. He currently serves as principal investigator on 3 National Science Foundation (NSF) grants: Pacific Research Platform, Toward a National Research Platform, and Cognitive Hardware and Software Ecosystem Community Infrastructure. His data science and cross-disciplinary scholarship and leadership are extensive, and he has held advisory positions with NASA, NSF and the National Institutes of Health. He is frequently interviewed by scientific and mainstream media, including Science, Nature, the New York Times, BBC and the Wall Street Journal

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Ruth Williams
Professor

Ruth Williams is a Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and holds the Charles Lee Powell Chair in Mathematics I at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She is a mathematician who works in probability theory, especially on stochastic processes and their applications. Her current research includes the analysis and control of stochastic models for complex networks, e.g., those arising in Internet congestion control and systems biology.  Her research has been recognized with many honors, including election to the US National Academy of Sciences and as a Corresponding Member of the Australian Academy of Science, and award in 2016 of the John von Neumann Theory Prize. For further information see http://www.math.ucsd.edu/~williams/bio.html

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