Nikolaus Correll is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder since 2009 with courtesy appointments in Aerospace, Electrical and Materials engineering. Nikolaus obtained a PhD in Computer Science from EPFL in 2007 and has been working as a post-doc at MIT CSAIL with Daniela Rus from 2007-2009. Nikolaus’ research interests are in swarm intelligence and distributed robotics.  More recently, he has begun investigating materials that tightly integrate sensing, actuation, computation and communication, including autonomous composites that change shape, appearance, and are equipped with high-bandwidth sensing to make future robots more capable.

Kristofer Pister is a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 1997. Prior to that he was a professor at the University of California Los Angeles. He is generally attributed as the inventor and key implementer of “smart dust”, and is the founder and current CTO of Dust Networks, a company commercializing the smart dust concept.  Dr. Pister initially focused on Microelectromechanical systems and has since shifted his lab focus toward integrated circuits. Many of his innovations have been at the intersection of the two. Kris successfully commercialized or licensed micromachine technologies with Tanner Research, OMM Inc., Xactix, and Sony. He is also the originator of the fold up silicon quick reference macro-crystal.

Robert Shepherd is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. Rob has received a B.S (2002) and PhD in Material Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2010, and did a post-doc with George Whitesides at Harvard University in 2010. His research interests are in novel manufacturing technologies (e.g., 3D printing, replica molding, microfluidics, etc.) and functional materials to enable new devices and user experiences. He is particularly interested in simultaneously increasing the speed, dimensionality, resolution, and materials capability of free-form fabrication techniques, and developing soft actuators that mimic biological functions.