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Kunlé Adeyemi

Architect and urbanist. Founded NLÉ with focus on the business and intelligence of developing cities. Currently developing sulf-sufficient, floating tropical buildings and communities for coastal African cities to adapt to the impact of climate change.

Interested in issues on energy, water, transportation, aquaculture and environment.

Euan Adie

Ex-bioinformatician, founder of http://www.altmetric.com which tracks the online activity around scientific papers (there's lots of it). Trying to build a sustainable business while simultaneously making the data available to researchers and looking for collaborators to help figure out what it means. Working at Digital Science.

Christina Agapakis

Synthetic biologist, researcher and instructor at UCLA in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the Art | Sci Center. I'm interested in symbiosis, microbial ecology, and art/science collaboration and education.

agapakis.com | @thisischristina | blog

Prabhat Agarwal

@prabprab

Science and Policy officer at the European Commission, DG CONNECT. Involved in Knowledge Sharing, Future & Emerging Technologies, & the interaction between Future Technology and Society.

Coorganized http://ec.europa.eu/fet09 and http://www.fet11.eu

A physicist at heart, but desperately looking for these cat ears.

J.J. Allaire

Cat Allman

Google Open Source Programs Office: Contact me re Logistics for Scifoo at allman@google.com Crafter, observer, and voracious consumer of the written word, I recently returned from petting Gray Whales, Eschrichtius robustus, in Bahía Magdalena, Sur Baja, Mexico.

Kira Anthony

Rosalia Arteaga

Kathy Ascheim

Celeste Asikainen

Phil Astrachan

Linda Avey

Co-founder and CEO, Curious, Inc. (Co-founder, 23andMe) If you're curious about your oxygen saturation, track me down and measure yours using my pulse oximeter. I'm doing a polling survey tied to the data, http://goo.gl/fE0Aw.

Laura Baldwin

Chaitan Baru

I am a computer scientist (database systems, data analytics, big data) who likes to work with science applications, e.g. geoinformatics, ecoinformatics, bioinformatics, medical informatics, etc. My current interests, passion are in the following:

1. Seeded Clouds: Democratizing access to big data

2. Next generation 9-1-1 systems (wireless and Internet-based)

3. DataSpaces: Solutions for managing the "long-tail" of scientific data

Yoram Bauman

I'm an environmental economist but spend most of my time doing stand-up comedy about economics, writing cartoon economics books, and advocating for carbon taxes (as in this recent NYT op-ed). I'm currently working on a cartoon book on climate change and pushing for a 2014 carbon tax ballot measure in Washington and/or Oregon.

PS. I'm a bit nervous about SciFoo because I'm a morning person, but I figure that if I survived the comedy club circuit I can probably survive this :)

Baris Baser

Googler for 6+ years, 5-time returning Sci Foo champ. I'll be a camp counselor and participator this weekend.

My day job these days is the head of IT at YouTube. Find me if you have any questions about Google in general, or SciFoo. I've worked in many a Google offices around the world, including Tel Aviv, Haifa, Beijing, Singapore, Sao Paulo, Krakow, and Groningen, Holland. I studied atmospheric physics and earth science at Santa Barbara, and studied CS in the UCSB College of Engineering for 3 years. I'm interested in particle physics, biomechanics, disruptive tech, and behavioral economics. Looking forward to seeing returning campers, and meeting new folks. Enjoy yourselves at our campus! Google+ | Quora | @bariswheel

Hagan Bayley

I am a chemical biologist at the University of Oxford who works mainly on membrane proteins, especially ion channels and pores. In 2005, I founded Oxford Nanopore, a company engaged in single-molecule sensing, notably ultrarapid DNA sequencing. A recent interest of my lab is the bottom-up fabrication of artificial tissues.

Bill Behrman

I do applied research at Stanford focused on developing and scaling innovations for the social sector. Current project: clean water solutions for the slums surrounding cities in the developing world.

Current interest: The philanthropic and impact investment community has developed standards and metrics for measuring the impact of social enterprises. The challenge is to turn this rapidly growing raw data into insights for better scaling social impact.

Gill Bejerano

Alice Bell

I teach, research and write about science media and policy.

I'm based at Imperial College but write and teach elsewhere too (e.g. at UCL, for the Guardian). I worked on the recent BBC Trust review of science reporting and judged the 2011 Google Science Fair. I'm currently developing a set of interdisciplinary science in context courses for Imperial challenging undergrads to consider complex global challenges (e.g. climate change and energy, water and global health, food security and population). Some day I'll finish my proposal for a book on the history of organised scepticism.

http://alicerosebell.wordpress.com/

Drew Berry

I create animations of the cellular and molecular worlds inside our bodies, founded on real data and lots of research.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drew_Berry

http://www.wehi.tv/

http://www.ted.com/talks/drew_berry_animations_of_unseeable_biology.html

Earl Beutler

Co-Founder and CEO of LabArchives, LLC, a browser-based platform for the storage, organization, sharing, and publication of scientific data.

Previously the founder and CEO of Research Information Systems, Inc (now owned by Thomson-Reuters) which introduced Reference Manager, the first bibliographic management software, and Reference Update, the first diskette-based current awareness service for scientists. Also previously the co-founder and CEO of RefWorks (now owned by ProQuest), the first web-based bibliographic management software.

www.labarchives.com

Peter Binfield

Co-Founder and Publisher of PeerJ (a new Open Access scholarly publishing company) - 'Yours Peers, Your Science. Academic Publishing is Evolving.'

Previously the Publisher of PLoS ONE

http://www.PeerJ.com


Lera Boroditsky

Ed Boyden

Neuroengineer and synthetic neurobiologist, MIT Media Lab and MIT McGovern Institute

Optogenetics, in vivo robotics, whole brain neural recording, brain co-processors

http://syntheticneurobiology.org/

http://edboyden.org/

Stewart Brand

Co-founder, “Revive and Restore.” Co-founder, The Long Now Foundation, Global Business Network. Author, Whole Earth Discipline; How Buildings Learn. http://rare.longnow.org

Olga Brazhnik

I lead Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program for the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences at the National Institutes of Health. As a physicist I see everything as a dance of energies whether it is health, knowledge, creative self-expressions, collective intelligence or harmonization with the environment. I like identifying and introducing new concepts into the federal world and bringing the conversations about their multiple facets into the open – thus organized NIH WikiFair in 2007 and the Crowdsourcing: the Art and Science of Open Innovation in 2011. brazhnik@nih.gov

David A. Bray

Strategist on Crisis Response, Innovation Collaborations, Cyberdefense, Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Innovation
Senior Executive & Principal Strategist at U.S. Government, email: david.a.bray at gmail dot com

  • SENIOR EXECUTIVE with the NATIONAL COMMISSION for REVIEW of R&D PROGRAMS of the U.S. Intelligence Community comprised of twelve Congressionally appointed bipartisan Commissioners working with Executive Branch per Public Law 111-259 to (1) review the full range of current research & development (R&D) programs under the purview of the IC; (2) evaluate such programs against the science & technology fields judged to be of most importance; (3) articulate program and resource priorities for future R&D to ensure a unified and coherent program across the entire IC.
  • DEPLOYED to AFGHANISTAN voluntarily in 2009 as a Special Advisor to a Brigadier General for 120 days overseeing STRAT EFFECTS for NATO’s Internat’l Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan; tasked to help Generals “think differently” on critical strategies to improve regional military and humanitarian stabilization operations; awarded NATO Service Medal in 2009; awarded DOD’s Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award, highest-ranking joint civilian service award under authority of combatant commanders, in 2010.
  • LED BIOTERRORISM PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM's technology response to 9/11, anthrax, West Nile, SARS, monkeypox, ricin, and other international emergencies; received DHHS Secretary’s Award in 2002 for anthrax response the year prior; served as Associate Director of Informatics & IT Chief at the Centers for Disease Control; nominated as Federal Employee of the Year in 2004; awarded CDC Director’s Agency-Wide Honor Award for Service in 2004.
  • PhD in INFORMATION SYSTEMS focusing on improving national security, cyber, & crisis response; Post-Doctoral Associate with MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence and Harvard’s Leadership for a Networked World in 2008; invited keynoter and panelist at several conferences, author of 40+ papers, peer-reviewed articles, & case studies; awarded “Best Paper, KM Track” at the Internat’l Conf. on Information Systems; Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to the U.K.; Visiting Associate with University of Oxford’s Internet Institute in 2007; research on improving situational awareness recognized as part of McKinsey's “Top Ten Business Trends To Watch” and awarded an IBM Center for the Business of Gov’t Grant in 2010.

Outside of work, occasional volunteer crew lead in various capacities with Habitat for Humanity International

Sci Foo 2012 Sessions of Personal Interest (Among Others :::All::: Topics Are Fascinating!)
Note: Links to Sessions of Interest may :::break::: if other wiki contributors change the headers; apologies in advance.
Proposed for Group Discussion Highly Interested in Joining Discussion
Towards Intelligent Agents & Distributed Collective Intelligence Societal Implications of Advances in Neuroscience & AI
Towards Entrepreneurial Government How to Build a Whole-Cell Model
Rewriting the Code of How We Interact Socially Smartphone Science
Can Data Tell Stories in Parallel? Public Participation in Scientific Research
Is Information Pollution a Real Problem? Limitations of the Brain as a Computational Device
  Effectively Using Big Data
  Collaboration and the Future of Innovation
  Perceiving Information: Data Visualization and Visual Perception
  Crowdsourcing Scientific Data
  A Face-to-Face Debating Platform
  State Funding of Science
  Science, Technology, and Diplomacy
Let's Launch More Memes: Sci Foo Haikus ... Submit your own :-)

Sergey Brin

John Brockman

Paul Broks

I am a writer (fiction and non-fiction) with a background in clinical neuropsychology. Current preoccupations: How does the brain construct a self? What (if any) are our essential properties as persons?

Mike Brown

Jon Bruner

Data journalist starting at O'Reilly this weekend. Previously data editor at Forbes.

Emma Brunskill

Dean Buonomano

Neuroscientist-UCLA

  1. Neural basis of timing
  2. Neural basis of learning and memory
  3. Neural Computation

Author: Brain Bugs (Norton, 2011)

Dean Buonomano-UCLA

Brain Bugs

Virginia Burkett

Chief Scientist for Climate and Land Use Change at the U.S. Geological Survey.

Previously served as Secretary/Director of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Director of the Louisiana Coastal Zone Management Program, and Assistant Director of the Louisiana Geological Survey.

Recent pubs focus on climate change, sea-level rise, and low-lying coastal zones. Co-author of three UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Reports and three National Assessments of climate change impacts on the United States (2001, 2009 and 2013).

Blake Byers

Ken Caldeira

I am a research scientist who studies problems associated with climate, carbon, and energy systems. I also do field work trying to understand the effects of ocean acidification on coral reef systems.

http://dge.stanford.edu/labs/caldeiralab/

I tend to do three kinds of scientific or technical investigation.

1. Performing more-or-less back-of-envelope calculations to better understand interesting things, for example: http://dge.stanford.edu/labs/caldeiralab/Caldeira_research/Myhrvold_Caldeira.html

2. Climate model simulations to better understand interesting things, for example: http://dge.stanford.edu/labs/caldeiralab/Caldeira_research/Pongratz_Lobell.html

3. Oceanographic field work, for example: http://dge.stanford.edu/labs/caldeiralab/Caldeira_research/Schneider_Silverman.html

Philip Carlsen

Oron Catts

Artist, researcher, curator. Director of SymbioticA The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, School of Anatomy and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia. Founder of the Tissue Culture & Art Project Visiting Professor of Design Interaction, Royal College of Arts, London. Visiting Researcher/consultant, Aalto University, Future Art Base, School of art and Design. http://www.symbiotica.uwa.edu.au/ http://tcaproject.org/

Damon Centola

Wesley Chan

Yet-Ming Chiang

Ryan Chin

Architect/Engineer, MIT Media Lab, PhD Candidate

Developed the concept of Mobility-on-Demand (MoD) Systems that utilize shared electric vehicles in dense urban areas. Built the CityCar, a foldable, lightweight, electric, 2-passenger vehicle, designed for MoD Systems. The CityCar is being commercialized by Media Lab sponsors in Spain: http://www.media.mit.edu/news/citycar

http://cp.media.mit.edu/ (Changing Places)

http://cities.media.mit.edu/ (Smart Cities)

http://scg.mit.edu/ (Smart Customization)

PGP10

George Church

{ (Brain-I/O) - (Dark-matter & WIMPs) - (Nanorobots) - (Nanopore Sequencing) - (Internet) - (Molecular-computing) } & { (Synthetic Cells) - (Green Chemistry) - (Lab Evolution) (Accelerated Evolution) - (BioSafety) - (BioSecurity) - (De-extinction) } & { (Accurate Sequencing) - (Personal Genomes) - (Open-access clinical data) - (Centenarians) } & { (Book) - (Articles) - (Companies) - (Wiki) - (GC) }

Kate Clancy

Assistant professor of biological anthropology, studies ovarian and endometrial function in modern humans. University of Illinois.

Ladybusiness expert, blogger, feminist.

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/context-and-variation/

http://www.kateclancy.com

Scott Draves

Software Artist http://scottdraves.com http://electricsheep.org Artificial Life, Collective Intelligence, Open Source, Visual Music, Abstract Animation.

Aurora Clark

I am interested in interdisciplinary approaches that combine computer science and network analysis with chemistry. As a computational/theoretical chemist I have noticed many parallels between how we can analyze the large-scale behavior of molecules in liquid and solid state networks and the way computer scientists analyze the networks on the WWW. As an example consider our recent work: http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/02/google-pagerank-water/. However I think that there are many more possibilities for combining how network traffic is monitored and say for example energy flow/transport in chemical systems, as well new approaches for data mining. My hope at SciFoo is to create a dialogue between other like minded people and discuss possibilities for interdisciplinary collaborations.

John Coates

Adam Cohen

Rob Cook

Markus Covert

What my lab really likes to do is build computer models of cellular processes, and use these models to predict and discover new biology. Under this general umbrella of 'model-driven discovery', we have three main interests: (1) mapping out the innate immune system in single cells, (2) unraveling the complex interactions between viruses and their hosts during infection, and (3) building the first comprehensive computer models of entire cells.

Website: [1] Recent NYT article: [2]

Thomas Taha Rassam Culhane

Raffaello D'Andrea

Professor of Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich; research focus is pushing the boundary of autonomous systems capabilities, with an emphasis on adaptation and learning.

Co-founder Kiva Systems (purchased by Amazon in 2012); led the systems architecture, robot design, robot navigation and coordination, and control algorithms efforts.

System architect and faculty advisor, Cornell Robot Soccer team, 4-time world champions at RoboCup competition.

Artist, exhibitions include Venice Biennale, Spoleto Festival, Smithsonian, Ars Electronica, National Gallery of Canada.

http://www.raffaello.name

Steve Devlin

Chris DiBona

Mariette DiChristina

Jennifer (Jen) Dionne

Professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford. I am especially interested in "metamaterials" - engineered materials with unusual optical properties that often cannot be found in natural materials (i.e., a negative refractive index, optical-frequency magnetism, enhanced chirality, etc.). My lab develops these materials for applications ranging from enhanced solar energy generation to optical imaging and manipulation of nanoscale objects. Having just finished a PhD at Caltech (Applied Physics) and postdoc at Berkeley (Chemistry), our research is just getting started. More about our work can be found here: dionne.stanford.edu. I look forward to meeting everyone soon!


Renee DiResta

Cory Doctorow

Frank Douglas

Linda Doyle

Director CTVR and Professor in the School of Engineering, Trinity College, Dublin Ireland. CTVR is a national telecommunications research centre focusing on wireless and optical networks of the future.

Research Interests: reconfigurable wireless systems, dynamic spectrum access and other alternative forms of spectrum management, spectrum regulation, collaborative consumption of spectrum, everything to do with spectrum in fact, cognitive radio, the artist & the engineer, art and technology in telecommunications, the politics of networks, the impossibility of designing in a neutral manner, the power structures within systems.

http://ledoyle.wordpress.com http://www.ctvr.ie


Edd Dumbill

Emerging technology analyst at O'Reilly, conference chair, writer and hacker. Main focuses are on open source -- I chair OSCON, the Open Source Convention -- and on big data, data science and the future of computing. I chair the Strata conferences on data, and am Editor-in-Chief of a new peer reviewed journal on Big Data.

I write a lot on Google+, and sometimes on Twitter @edd.

Esther Dyson

George Dyson

Author of Baidarka (1986), Darwin Among the Machines (1997), Project Orion (2002), and Turing's Cathedral (2012).

David Eagleman

Neuroscientist and author. I study time perception, sensory substitution, synesthesia, and neurolaw. I write fiction (Sum) and non-fiction (Incognito).

http://www.eagleman.com

Douglas Eck

I'm a research scientist at Google: http://research.google.com/pubs/author39086.html

My current focus is on machine learning models and user interfaces for music discovery and recommendation. This involves not only algorithm development but also user studies and data analyses to better understand what listeners want from a music service.

Before coming to Google, I was an associate professor in Computer Science at University of Montreal: http://www.iro.umontreal.ca/~eckdoug

I worked in related areas such as meter and beat induction, automatic tagging of music tracks and expressive timing and dynamics in music performance.

Jonathan Eisen

Professor at University of California, Davis; lab page here http://phylogenomics.wordpress.com

I study the evolution and ecology of microbes, microbial genomics, and the interaction of microbes with plant and animal hosts.

I blog at "The Tree of Life" http://phylogenomics.blogspot.com I tweet at https://twitter.com/phylogenomics I plus at https://plus.google.com/103101121348859087349/posts

I am an obsessed advocate of Open Science and Open Access publishing.

Michael Elowitz

Professor at Caltech. Studying life at the single-cell level, designing new synthetic genetic circuits in cells

Lab: http://www.elowitz.caltech.edu

Cells use genetic circuits to do just about everything, but we are only beginning to understand the basic principles of “good” gene circuit design. In my lab at Caltech, we work on this problem from two directions: analyzing the gene circuits that have evolved in cells, and designing and constructing our own synthetic genetic circuits within cells ("Build to understand"), starting with the Repressilator, a synthetic clock circuit in E. coli. By re-wiring gene circuits and analyzing individual cells in time-lapse movies, we have discovered critical roles that "noise" plays in gene circuits, enabling cells to do things that would be difficult with more familiar deterministic circuit paradigms. Most recently, we have discovered a ubiquitous role for stochastic pulsing in bacterial and yeast gene circuits, discovered a "walkie-talkie" in a mammalian signaling system, and analyzed the role of noise in the evolution of bacterial development, and in microbial differentiation.

Oren Etzioni

Adam Flaherty

Andras Forgacs

Entrepreneur and venture investor in emerging technology and life sciences. Co-founder and CEO of Modern Meadow, a development stage company applying tissue engineering methods to develop a new class of biomaterials. Previously, co-founded Organovo (ONVO) with Gabor (below) which pioneered 3D bio-printing to create human tissue for a range of medical applications. Prior lives involve venture capital, strategy consulting and finance.

Gabor Forgacs

Theoretical physicist turned biological physicist turned tissue engineer turned entrepreneur. Developed bioprinting co-founded Organovo, Inc. (focus: bioprinting in regenerative medicine) and Modern Meadow, Inc. (focus: consumer biomaterials/biotechnology).

Brady Forrest

Jack Gallant

I am a computational and experimental neuroscientist. The work in my lab currently focuses on computational modeling of the human brain. We construct quantitative computational models that accurately describe how the brain encodes information during natural tasks, and we use these models to decode information in the brain in order to reconstruct mental experiences. This computational framework can be used to understand and decode brain activity measured by different methods (e.g., functional MRI, NIRS, EEG or ECOG), and in different modalities (i.e., vision, audition, imagery and so on). We are also involved in data sharing initiatives and development of open source software for neuroscience.

I am a Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, and I'm affiliated with the graduate programs in Bioengineering, Biophysics, Neuroscience and Vision Science. For more information about my research program, links to papers, and various media appearances, please see my lab web site: http://gallantlab.org.

Elodie Ghedin

I am a molecular parasitologist with a fondness for neglected topical diseases. In my lab, we use genomic and computational tools to address evolutionary questions in all sorts of pathogens. I believe "orphan" genes (genes with no known function) found in parasite genomes represent a reservoir of untapped molecules with the potential to serve as a source of novel therapeutics. Through co-evolution with the human immune system, many parasites have developed evasion strategies resulting in immunologic tolerance and persistence of chronic infections. The question is, how do we pan for this immunological gold? http://ghedinlab.csb.pitt.edu/GhedinLab/Home

Paul Ginsparg

Professor of Physics and Information Science, Cornell University. My first and only time at Scifoo was five years ago, in 2007. Coincidentally, that was shortly after the first iPhone became available (though still a year before the app store) -- it is intriguing to reflect how much has since changed in the hi-tech industries, relegating me to Luddite status. I am happy to see a handful of others who must be on the same five year cycle, plus a large number I've either always wanted to meet or will have to apologize can't remember having met.

Ahna Girshick

Former computational neuroscientist interested in visual perception, Bayesian models of the brain, data science and data visualization, interactivity, human-computer interaction, crowdsourcing science, art. Working as postdoc at UC Berkeley and producer at Scott Snibbe Studio [3]. A very outdated webpage: http://ahnagirshick.wordpress.com, ahna.girshick@gmail.com

James Gleick

I've written journalism about science and technology, and several books. The first was Chaos: Making a New Science, and the latest is The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood.

My website and (sporadic) blog is at around.com.

I'm working on a history of time travel.

Michael D. Godfrey

Background: Princeton: mathematical economics and statistics, Bell Labs and AT&T: statistics and modeling of complex systems, Imperial College, London: statistics, computing, and VLSI systems, Stanford: analog VLSI systems and statistics.

Studying the physics of information.

Amit Goffer

founder of Argo Medical Technologies, recently unveiled a revolutionary exoskeleton that enables paraplegics to stand, walk, and even climb

David Goldstein

The Richard and Pat Johnson Distinguished University Professor Director, Center for Human Genome Variation

Jose Gomez-Marquez

DIY Medical Technology, MIT We design medical devices for the developing world and affordable healthcare in America. Our lab creates DIY kits [4] for docs + nurses in the field to come up with their own solutions. http://littledevices.org http://iih.mit.edu

Noel Gorelick

I'm a Software engineer at Google, and previously sent stuff to Mars. I was the technical lead for Google Sky, Google Moon & Google Mars and currently lead the Google Earth Engine team (http://earthengine.google.org) - a platform for mining massive amounts of geospatial data (i.e.: all the world's satellite images in one place and the power to compute on them). gorelick@google.com

Noah Gray

Josh Greenberg

Program Director for Digital Information Technology and the Dissemination of Knowledge at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Francois Grey

Fred Guterl

executive editor of Scientific American and author of Fate of the Species.

John Hafernik

I’m professor of biology at San Francisco State University where I teach entomology, evolution and ecology courses. I’m also president of the California Academy of Sciences. Recently, I discovered a new parasite of honey bees, the phorid fly Apocephalus borealis (AKA the Zombie Fly). http://www.npr.org/2012/01/06/144794041/parasitic-fly-threatens-honey-bee-populations Fly-parasitized honey bees become "ZomBees" showing the "zombie-like behavior" of leaving their hives at night on "a flight of the living dead." As a follow up, my colleagues and I have just launched a new citizen science project, ZomBee Watch (https://www.zombeewatch.org/) to determine where in North America the Zombie Fly is parasitizing honey bees. Would anyone be interested in a ZomBee hunt at Science Foo?


"Would anyone be interested in a ZomBee hunt at Science Foo? " In theory, yes, if there is time! (Jonathan Silvertown)

Mark Hahnel

@figshare

  • Founder of figshare - A platform for researchers to cite, share and get credit for all of their academic outputs.
  • PhD in Stem Cell Biology from Imperial College London

Timo Hannay

Managing Director of Digital Science and former Web Publishing Director at Nature (both divisions of Macmillan Publishers). Co-founder of Sci Foo. Former neuroscientist, management consultant and journalist.

Evan Harris

I have been a physician in the UK (Oxford and Liverpool) and then a UK Member of Parliament for Oxford West between 1997 and 2010.

In the political sphere I continue campaign for evidence-based policy (on issues like drug laws, embryology, animal research, pseudo-science and alternative medicine, abortion rights and vaccination) and for better political engagement by scientists and their supporters.

I also work on secularism and free speech.

I am currently a research associate in public health medicine at Queen Mary University London

I write an occasional blog here called Political Science [5]

George Hart

Mathematical Sculptor

Founding officer of the Museum of Mathematics

http://georgehart.com

Showing the world that mathematics is cool, creative, and engaging, with the aim of luring more people into the joys of rigorous thinking.

Thomas Hartung

Stuart Haszeldine

First SciFoo. By profession geologist at University of Edinburgh, Scotland, by inclination - human. Working on energy, fuels, climate change Especially how to reduce CO2 emissions by Carbon Capture and Storage, and Biochar - putting carbon back into soil www.geos.ed.ac.uk/homes/rsh. Www.sccs.org.uk I think there is more than enough fossil carbon we can burn to make us extinct three times over. At SciFoo it would be neat to understand why the science evidence, and all these big datasets, dont enable leaders to radically re-imagine human economic and resource systems to be sustainable. If its not possible to reduce consumption, then who, or which, or will any global ecosystems, will be rescued by technology ?

Graham Hawkes

William Hayes

Aerospace Engineer and Computational molecular biologist by training working at http://selventa.com to develop biomarkers to determine best treatment options for a range of diseases. We are open-sourcing BEL (Biological Expression Language) - see http://openbel.org. OpenBEL is a language and application infrastructure for capturing Biological findings in a re-usable and computable format.

I am also deeply interested in energy production/usage ecosystems and how to optimize for a sustainable system. I don't believe it matters anymore to think about carbon emission reduction - the driver at this point is sustainability. All indicators are that we will be carbon-neutral (e.g. depletion of fossil fuels) soon regardless of whether we make it happen or not.

David Henkel-Wallace

At the moment I'm building modular solar power plants with cheap integrated storage. We revisited the whole problem from the bottom up, and are gearing up to ship a system that stores power for about $50/kW (compare that to over $600/kW for batteries). Our demo is too large to transport, but it's just up the road from Google in Redwood City so I'm happy to show it off to anyone interested.

Previously I developed pharmaceuticals and before that I wrote a lot of software.

Colin Hill

Leslea Hlusko

Evolutionary biologist, University of California Berkeley

I research how genes influence skeletal variation and how that's evolved through time, especially that of primates and humans. My work includes some developmental genetics, quantitative genetics, and a lot of paleontology. I currently co-direct a project at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania. I also get about 100 bone biologists in the Bay Area together somewhat regularly to share ideas across our various disciplines (GESRI: Genetics and Evolution of the Skeleton Research Initiative).

http://ib.berkeley.edu/labs/hlusko/

http://olduvai-paleo.org/

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/gesri/index.php

Alex Hodgson

@1DegreeBio

  • Co-founder and wrangler of an amazing group of intellectual bad-asses @ 1DegreeBio [6] a independent community review website for life science products and service providers.

Jason Hoyt

@jasonHoyt

  • Co-founder/CEO of PeerJ a new Open Access and peer-reviewed journal. See Nature review
  • Previously at Mendeley as Chief Scientist & VP of R&D.
  • Ph.D. in Genetics from Stanford University under the direction of Michele Calos, Gavin Sherlock, Anne Brunet, and Andy Fire (2006 Nobel Laureate in Medicine). My research interests include non-viral gene and stem cell therapies.

Matthew Hurley

Bill Janeway

I am a Senior Advisor at Warburg Pincus, which I joined in 1988 to build the IT investing practice. I am a Director of Magnet Systems, Nuance Communications and O'Reilly Media. I teach the economics of innovation at Princeton and Cambridge and serve on the Boards of the Social Science Research Council and the Institute for New Economic Thinking. My book "Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy: Markets, Speculation and the State" will be published by Cambridge University Press in November 2012.

Rebecca Jordan-Young

Ellen Jorgensen

Molecular biologist and co-founder of Genspace, the first community biotech lab located in Brooklyn NY. A 501(c)3 nonprofit, we serve the community of citizen scientists by providing lab facilities for individually-funded projects in biotechnology, synthetic biology, ecology, biomedicine, and bio-art. We also engage the public through outreach programs. I have a biotechnology industry background, have mentored two iGEM teams, and am presently hold an adjunct faculty appointment at New York Medical College. I recently spoke at TEDGlobal and advocated the creation of more labs like Genspace worldwide, with open sharing of biotechnology resources and information.

Website: [7]

Steve Jurvetson

VC at Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Currently work on Rethink Robotics (Brooks), Synthetic Genomics and Agradis (Venter), Tesla and SpaceX (Musk), Gen9 (Jacobson, Church, Endy), D-Wave (quantum computers) and other synthetic biology companies (Genomatica, Glycos Bio, Eve Bio). I am interested in evolution, and compounding iterative algorithms in general, as a method for developing complex systems that transcend human understanding — from products (bio/nano/AI) to organizations (innovation management, wisdom of crowds) to culture (progress, religion, urbanization, accelerating change). In each case, the locus of learning shifts from product to process, and with that simple perceptual prism, much of the world makes more sense. Google Tech Talk on this: http://youtu.be/WOwcDr-A3to?t=21s and culture example: http://thoughts.arup.com/post/details/202/evolving-cities-and-culture

Full Bio: http://www.DFJ.com/steve Photoblog: http://www.DFJ.com/J

Rachel Kalmar

@grapealope

I'm a neuroscientist who is passionate about making sensor data accessible, actionable, and predictive. How do we take sensor data to the next level, from tracking to actions? I am active in the Bay Area digital health and hardware communities, and run a sensor meetup (meetup.com/Sensored) and discussion group (diysensors.com).

Ryota Kanai

Cognitive neuroscientist at University College London and University of Sussex.

I work on three major topics.

  1. Neural basis of consciousness and qualia.
  2. Prediction and modification of an individual's cognitive traits using MRI and non-invasive brain stimulation methods.
  3. Investigation of how the internet is changing our brain.

http://publicationslist.org/kanair

TW: @kanair

Satoshi Kanazawa

Evolutionary psychologist and intelligence researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science

I study the evolutionary limitations and constraints on the human brain, what it can and cannot easily recognize and deal with. My latest book, The Intelligence Paradox: Why the Intelligent Choice Isn't Always the Smart One, is about the effect of general intelligence on individual preferences and values, what more and less intelligent people like, want, desire, and value.

http://personal.lse.ac.uk/Kanazawa

Caroline Kane

Professor in Residence Emerita, Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley PI on The Cell/CCDB, www.cellimagelibrary.org

Imran Khan

@imrankhan

Director of the Campaign for Science and Engineering (http://sciencecampaign.org.uk/), a UK-based charity which argues for more support for research and development. Recent campaigns have included arguing for protection of the science budget during austerity cuts, and prioritisation of scientists in new immigration rules.

Previously worked in politics, science communication, and originally a biology grad.

Firas Khatib

Kent A. Kiehl

Neuroscientist http://mrn.org/kent-a-kiehl-phd.aspx Research focuses on using brain imaging to understand psychopaths (and other people who get in trouble). Works on ways to use neuroimaging data to predict psychiatric diagnosis and future (mis)behavior

Michael Kleeman

Senior Fellow University of University of California - San Diego, working on issues of ecosystem services, alternative energy and transport as well as at the Institute for the Future. With concern that we, as a culture, may not move quickly or decisively enough to avoid major social disruptions also work with issue of disaster preparedness and response, organizational with State and Federal Emergency Management and Red Cross. Leveraging history in mobile communications and IT working on mobile enable health care in Africa and Asia. Formerly a plumber by trade (built phone networks across four continents) and work in areas of cyber security and IC information sharing, when not traveling spend a day a week at a hospital for sick seals, sea lions and cetaceans (www.tmmc.org).

Brian Kobilka

Adam Kolber

Law Professor and Neuroethicist (I focus on new technologies, especially neurotechnologies, and their legal and ethical implications.)

Brooklyn Law School; Visiting Fellow at NYU School of Law

Bio: http://www.brooklaw.edu/faculty/directory/facultymember/biography.aspx?id=adam.kolber

Blog: http://neuroethicsblog.com

Some Publications: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=95874

David E. Konerding

Software Engineer, Google

I develop software that enables scientists to use enormous amounts of computing to solve challenging problems.

Blog: http://googleresearch.blogspot.com/2011/04/1-billion-core-hours-of-computational.html http://research.google.com/university/exacycle_program.html

Harry Kroto

Research scientist (co-discoverer of C60 Buckminsterfullerene - NL 1996) and educator now at FSU (cf www.kroto.info). Building on more than a decade producing more than 300 science films for the BBC and the Internet with the Vega Science Trust (www.vega.org.uk) I have set up the Global Educational Outreach for Science Engineering and Technology (GEOSET) intiative. I propose a session to explore the way the Internet can improve education worldwide (STEM education in particular). The GooYouWiki World GYW-W has resulted in the greatest advance in education since the printing press by revolutionising the efficient access to information and the creation of material by enabling all with the passion and expertise to improve the educational process to do so synergistically. I hope we can spend 1hr? at least probing new imaginative ways of exploiting this resource further. Our GEOSET project (www.geoset.info and www.geoset.fsu.edu) is turning out to be highly effective in harnessing the efforts of not only teachers but also young people to contribute to a global cache of educational material so help to improve teaching (STEM teaching in particular) worldwide. Can any SciFoo participants who are interested in this initiative please contact me by email (kroto@chem.fsu.edu) or at the start of the event in order to organise a session on this crucially important issue which is needed to save the Enlightenment and Democracy.

Stephen Kroto

Robert Lane Greene

Jakob Larsen

@jakobeglarsen Associate Professor at Technical University of Denmark, Cognitive Systems Section and visiting scholar at Stanford University Calming Technology Lab.

Head of mobile informatics lab (milab) and aiming for technology to get out of the way in helping people in everyday life.

Specifically my interests include mobile human computer interaction and mobile/wearable sensing for quantified self, augmented cognition, learning, and health applications.

Examples: Smartphone brain scanner for portable real-time neuroimaging (open source) and Augmented sound experience.

Tan Le

Olive Leavy

Ben Lorica

Mike Loukides

Andrei Lupas

I am the director of the Department of Protein Evolution at the Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology. I study the evolutionary origins of folded proteins, particularly the emergence of proteins at the origin of life.

Roger Magoulas

Gary Marcus

Cognitive scientist, New York University.

Author of Guitar Zero: The New Musician and The Science of LearningKluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human MindThe Birth of the Mind: How a Tiny Number of Genes Creates the Complexity of the Human Mind, and The Algebraic Mind: Integrating Connectionism and Cognitive Science. Editor of The Norton Psychology Reader.

http://garymarcus.com

Yossi Matias

http://goo.gl/5v49d

Mike McCune

Oliver Medvedik

I co-founded Genspace [8],located in Brooklyn, NY, a non-profit community biotech lab where members have access to an affordable laboratory space to carry out their bio-related projects. Hands-on workshops are also offered to the public on a wide variety of biotech subjects, such as synthetic biology and personal genotyping. I'm interested in collaborations that can result in technological tools becoming cheaper and more widely accessible, either in medicine, citizen-science or education.

Chris Mentzel

@chrismentzel program officer at Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's Science Program, developing an initiative in Data-Driven Discovery(think data science for the non-biomedical natural sciences). Interested in the long-tail of science data, new ways of exploring data (visualization, sonification etc), bringing human-centric design into scientific software. Also engaged in unleashing/amplifying (my) kids innate power to create/hack/explore/learn, dance(ing), hacking, ... chris . mentzel @ moore . org

Miriah Meyer

Visualization researcher and computer science faculty member, University of Utah.

I design interactive visualization tools that help scientists make sense of complex data. My recent work focuses on developing tools for biological research.

http://www.cs.utah.edu/~miriah

Jurgen Mlynek

Jürgen Mlynek, Professor of Physics. My main interests are basic research and science management.

http://www.helmholtz.de/en/about_us/president

Nik Money

Once upon a time I studied fungal biology for 30 years. My most recent book, “Mushroom,” was published late 2011. Currently, I am writing a book on microbial diversity and teaching at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Jonathan Moreno

I'm a professor of medical ethics and history of science at Penn and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. My last book was The Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America, about the way that the life sciences have changed American politics. My book Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military in the 21st Century, has just been reprinted in paperback. My Website is www.jonathandmoreno.com. Very much looking forward to meeting people at scifoo!

Laurent Mottron

Cognitive Neuroscientist and clinician of autism, professor of psychiatry, University of Montréal, Québec. http://www.lnc-autisme.umontreal.ca/n45/ My interests are related to the inclusion of autistics in society, science and culture, through the scientific demonstration of the positive aspects of this condition. See Mottron L. Changing perceptions: The power of autism. Nature. 2011 Nov 2;479(7371):33-5. doi: 10.1038/479033a. PMID:22051659.

Benjamin Muyl

French, age 37, married, 3 kids

Engineer, and Yacht designer, mainly in high level Sailing competition, mostly America's cup for a few years now: http://www.bmuyl.com

We are also developing our in house decisions making tools like:

-Vehicle behavior prediction 'Meta'

-Routing and Race Model 'Neptune'

I am also running the French Challenge for the I4C: http://www.facebook.com/challenge.france

Robert Nemiroff

Physics & Astronomy professor at Michigan Tech. Main research areas involve gamma ray bursts and gravitational lensing. A creator of:

Wondering (today) about things including: What does Google get out of hosting SciFoos -- and how can I help? Why am I becoming more tired as I get older? What useful information is not yet on the web? Is Google+ for old people?

Michael Nielsen

Sheila Nirenberg

Neuroscientist, Cornell Medical School

I study how the brain processes information - how it takes information from the outside world and converts it into patterns of electrical signals, and then how it uses those signals to allow you to do things - to see, to hear, to reach for an object.

I’m a basic scientist at heart, but recently I’ve been focused on applied science, how we can use what we know about the brain's code to build new kinds of prosthetic devices (ones that interact directly with the brain) and new kinds of robots. http://physiology.med.cornell.edu/faculty/nirenberg/lab/

Scott Noggle

I am the Director of Laboratory and Senior Research Fellow at The New York Stem Cell Foundation. My background is in stem cell biology and developmental neurobiology.

Our laboratory uses programming and reprogramming strategies to change cell fate and create models of disease. We aim to understand the how the genome connects to cellular mechanisms of disease and use this information to accelerate the discovery of new therapeutics.

Peter Norvig

Luke O'Neill

Tim O'Reilly

Artem R. Oganov

http://mysbfiles.stonybrook.edu/~aoganov/. Professor at SUNY Stony Brook.

Crystallographer-theoretician, works on developing new methods for computational discovery of materials. 37 years old. Loves Chinese tea, history books.

Jason Osborne

Methodologist in the fields of Neuroscience, Paleontology, Citizen Science and Science Education. Explorer and black water scuba diver.

Neurobiological Instrument and System Designer at Howard Hughes Medical Institute - Co-Founder/President and Executive Director at Paleo Quest - Host Researcher at The JASON Project/National Geographic/Sea Research Foundation - http://paleoexplorer.org

Jim Ottaviani

Writes graphic novels -- or, if you prefer, very long comic books -- about science and scientists. I started doing that in 1997 via my own imprint, G.T. Labs, when it looked like a much more dangerous experiment than it does today. My ninth and latest book, Feynman (with art by Leland Myrick), was published by First Second in August, 2011.

http://www.gt-labs.com/feynman.html

That's how I spend my evenings, weekends, and vacations. By day I work as a librarian at the University of Michigan where I run its institutional repository service. Our goal with Deep Blue is to provide permanent, free, and worldwide access to the research and creative work done by our faculty, staff, and students.

http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu

Sarah Otto

I am an evolutionary biologist interested in how simple evolutionary processes can generate the complex diversity of life forms. From how the genome of an organism is structured to how organisms reproduce, life is characterized by variation. Why? What are the key branching points or initial conditions that lead populations down different evolutionary pathways? http://www.zoology.ubc.ca/~otto

Larry Page

Brooks Peck

Pop culture curator at EMP Museum, specializing in science fiction. My exhibits have ranged from big film and TV franchises to space-themed record album covers. Just embarking on a new project that involves early cognitive development especially as relating to music. I also write low-budget monster movies for cable (Rage of the Yeti, Zombie Apocalypse.)

Richard Pell

Josef Penninger

I am the founding director of IMBA (www.imba.oeaw.ac.at), the now largest life science centre of the Academy of Sciences in Vienna. Vienna of course has also great music - right besides our new institute building Mozart is buried. And best of all some, dangerously, amazing cakes. Having failed as a soccer player, I studied medicine and became a scientist and currently hold Professorships in Genetics, Medicine, and Immunology in Vienna, Toronto, and Peking Union Medical College in China, was twice in the top 10 of the most cited scientists in the world, and had the pleasure to be a Young Global Leader of the WEF. I also started 2 biotech companies which - for a basic scientist - was and is an interesting experience.

Sandy Pentland

Saul Perlmutter

Mark Peterson

Mathematical physicist: I have developed geometrical methods for continuum mechanics.

Closet humanist: An interest in the interaction of the humanities with mathematics and the sciences has taken over my life.

My book Galileo's Muse: Renaissance Mathematics and the Arts (Harvard University Press, 2011) is the starting point for work that I will be continuing: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/~mpeterso

Ryan Phelan

I’ve spent the last 7 years involved with personalized medicine as Founder and CEO of DNA Direct (recently acquired by Medco). I’m on the board of the Personal Genome Project http://personalgenomes.org

For the last six months I’ve been applying what I’ve learned in genomics to de-extinction, and what I’ve learned starting companies to the nascent organization, “Revive and Restore”. Our first project is to bring back the passenger pigeon ( the last bird died in captivity in 1914). http://rare.longnow.org/

Tomaso Poggio

Sam Prentice

Robotics PhD student at MIT-CSAIL. Will demo autonomous quadrotor helicopters.

http://people.csail.mit.edu/prentice/

Jason Priem

Information science PhD student at UNC-Chapel Hill. http://jasonpriem.org

I research how the Web is transforming scientific communication, pushing us toward a second Scientific Revolution

I'm also co-founder of http://total-impact.org, an open-source platform that uncovers hidden impacts of scholarship on the Web.

Ramesh Raskar

MIT Media Lab, Associate Professor

http://raskar.info/ , http://cameraculture.info

Trillion Frames Per Second imaging (http://raskar.info/trillionfps)

Femto-photography, Looking around corners with trillion fps imaging, (http://cornar.info)

Global Health, turning mobile phones into scientific instruments (http://eyenetra.com)

Charles Richter

Bryce Roberts

Stan Robinson

Adina Roskies

Dartmouth College Philosophy, Associate Professor

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~adinar/

Philosopher and neuroscientist. I work on problems of free will, responsibility, and agency, neuroethics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science. I explore the areas of overlap between the brain and cognitive sciences and philosophy.

Nick Roy

Gerry Rubin

I am the director of the Janelia Farm Research Campus (www.Janelia.org), a free standing research institute of about 300 scientists who study very basic neurobiology—how neurons store and process information—and develop biological imaging methods. Janelia Farm is fully funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and is, in part, a sociology experiment in how to organize long-range, interdisciplinary, basic research.

I am a molecular geneticist and was on the Berkeley faculty for 25 years.

Gene Russo

Daniel Sarewitz

Helen Scales

@helenscales

I’m a writer and broadcaster and true to my name I specialise in the underwater realm and all things fishy. Since finishing my PhD on coral reef fisheries in Borneo I’ve spent most of my time writing and talking about science and conservation. Broadly speaking, my work explores the complicated relationship between people and the natural world. I make radio & podcasts, I blog, and my first book “Poseidon’s Steed” tells the story of seahorses from myth to reality. helenscales.com

Caleb Scharf

I'm the Director of Columbia University's Astrobiology Center, and a cosmologist/astrophysicist by training. I carry out research on exoplanetary systems - from gravitational dynamics to climate modeling of alternate-Earths. I'm also a writer, with a blog 'Life, Unbounded' at Scientific American, a book about black holes 'Gravity's Engines' coming out this August, and I'm working on a new one 'The Copernicus Complex' about our cosmic (in)significance. Co-founder of small start-up company building what we hope is the next great thing in science education software.

Eric Schmidt

Gavin Schmidt

I'm a climate scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.

I cofounded RealClimate, a science blog which tries to provide the context and background for climate science stories that is often missing in mainstream coverage and public discourse. I co-wrote "Climate Change: Picturing the Science" (W.W. Norton, 2009) as a popular science introduction to climate science in collaboration with a group of photographers. I was awarded the inaugural AGU Climate Communication Prize in 2011.

I sometimes juggle.

Michael Schmidt

Carl Schoonover

I am:
- Neuroscience PhD Candidate (Columbia)
- Author of Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century
- Co-founder of NeuWrite, a collaborative writing group consisting of research scientists and professional writers that is developing new models for communicating science to nonscientists
- Opera nut

Interested in:
- Microanatomy and electrophysiology of rodent somatosensory cortex
- Innate fear
- Rethinking how scientists and the media communicate research to nonscientists. For more on this, Sunday, 11am, Room 1E2: Rebooting science communication

Louie Schwartzberg

Beth Shapiro

Daniel Sigman

Jonathan Silvertown

JonathanSilvertown.com

I am Professor of Ecology at the Open University in the UK where I teach ecology, evolution and environment and research in the fields of plant ecology (yes, in an actual field, sometimes), population biology, community ecology and evolutionary ecology.

For fun, I write popular science books, mainly about plants. My latest solo effort is An Orchard Invisible: a natural history of seeds and the next, to be published by Chicago University Press next year, is called The Long and the Short of it: Every species' guide to lifespan and aging. My son tells me that this is a subject that I am increasingly qualified to write about.

At SciFoo, I am especially excited about talking about public participation in scientific research (AKA Citizen Science) and I have proposed a session on this. The two projects that I run in this area are The Evolution MegaLab and iSpot.

Jonathan Silvertown

Hanumant Singh

I am a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution that works on underwater robots and imaging. Our lab is bipolar working in both the Arctic and the Antarctic as well as in a variety of other oceanographic areas of interest including Deep Water Archaeology, Coral Reef Ecology, and Fisheries.

Here is a link to a blog from a recent expedition http://qaanaaq2012.blogspot.com

Here is a link to the dive and discover web based learning modules for two different expeditions http://www.divediscover.whoi.edu/expedition11/index.html

http://www.divediscover.whoi.edu/expedition12/index.html

The polar expedition in 2007 was also covered by the Polar discovery website. http://polardiscovery.whoi.edu/expedition2/index.html

http://www.whoi.edu/DSL/hanu

I am interested in thoughts on using robotics for problems with large societal relevance in the world's oceans.

Caroline Smith

Curator of Meteorites at the Natural History Museum, London and UK Space Agency/European Space Agency Aurora Fellow

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/staff-directory/mineralogy/c-smith/index.html

I am privileged to be the Curator of one of the world's most important meteorite collections. I am an analytical cosmochemist by trade and have recently been working with international space agencies on planning for future sample return missions from asteroids and Mars. I am heavily involved in public outreach work and am keen to hear others' views and ideas on how to encourage scientific engagement and understanding with people of all ages and backgrounds.

Scott Snibbe

I am an artist, entrepreneur, and researcher in interactivity, with a lifelong relationship with science as my muse. I am the founder of Snibbe Interactive [9], which makes immersive touch and gesture interactive experiences for places such as The Exploratorium, Museum of Science and Industry, EMP Music/Scifi Museum, where we created the interactives for the James Cameron Avatar Exhibition. I also recently founded a new company, Scott Snibbe Studio [10], which creates interactive music apps like Björk's Biophilia [11] - itself a stealthy science lesson. email: scott@snibbe.com.

Alfred Spector

Graham Spencer

David Spiegelhalter

I am Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge http://www.statslab.cam.ac.uk/Dept/People/Spiegelhalter/davids.html . I am interested in risk communication, handling deep uncertainties, probability education, media representation of risk and uncertainty, and novel metrics for communicating acute and chronic risks. See http://understandinguncertainty.org/ . I try to engage with schools and the public, and to this end I have been a competitor on Winter Wipeout.

Laura Splan

Visual Artist (Intersections of Art & Biology) http://laurasplan.com

Lecturer - Art & Biology/Digital Art (Stanford University, Art & Art History Dept.) http://laurasplan.com/lectures_teaching.html

Visual Portal Project (Domesticated Viscera: the biological becomes quotidian) http://domesticatedviscera.com

Mike Stebbins

mstebbins@ostp.eop.gov

Jack Stilgoe

Jim Stogdill

Linda Stone

Arkadiusz Stopczynski

@h0pbeat; PhD fellow at Technical University of Denmark.

All-around mobile devices hacker, working on moving neuroscience from the lab into the wild.

I try to figure out how we transition from 'evil-scientists-gathering-data' to 'people-provide-their-own-data' model for research.

Kathryn Sullivan

Alice Taylor

Stephanie Taylor

Kaitlin Thaney

@kaythaney; Sci Foo co-organiser; head of partnerships for Digital Science ; formerly managed the science wing at Creative Commons. Passionate about changing the way science is done, ardent advocate for openness, and data nerd. Co-chair of Strata Conf in London; and as of late, can be found advising the UK government on digital infrastructure and data-intensive research. Also, often found wearing Lego.

Tierney Thys

Marine biologist, National Geographic Explorer, ocean conservationist, filmmaker Projects include: film series for TEDed called Stories from the Sea witheEpisodes thus far: Secret Life of Plankton, How Life begins in the Deep Sea Researching giant ocean sunfish--talked at TED in 2003, TEDxSMU on rise of animal diversity in 2011. Run the Ocean Sunfish Tagging and Research project with current study sites in Galapagos, Bali and California and am also engaged in citizen science sunfish sighting program, global genetics of the mola family and run the Adopt a Sunfish project I am the Daily (Underwater) Explorer in National Geographic's Animal Jam--a virtual world where you become an animal to play. Registered players now number 6 million strong and growing--hottest new kid virtual world out there! Eager to collaborate with content providers interested in reaching kids 6-9 and inspiring them in sciences. Developing a high-school marine biology camp with National Geographic to give kids a taste of what it's like to really do marine biology in the field. Likely location will be Belize next summer.

Interested in all things ocean, citizen science, media literacy particularly for 12 and under, making art out of trash with kids, outdoor ed.

Another growing interest is using big data to look for leverage points in ocean conservation measures.

Eric Topol

At Scripps, I am a cardiologist, geneticist and digital medicine aficionado...author of Creative Destruction of Medicine, a book on the convergence of the digital world and healthcare

Nat Torkington

@gnat; Kiwi Foo Camp host; O'Reilly author and recovering conference chair (stop me before I convene again!); and your gentle host for the Lightning Talks sessions.

Adrien Treuille

Margaret Turnbull

Michael Tyszka

I'm mainly interested in the biophysics of the human brain and how we can map this using magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy. Original background was physics, now moving into neuroscience. Associate director of the Caltech Brain Imaging Center (jmt@caltech.edu and Mike.Tyszka@gmail.com)

William Vega-Brown

Bret Victor

http://worrydream.com

@worrydream

Information designer and toolmaker. I try to make invisible abstractions visible. Interested in making a next-generation scientific computing tool, designed around pervasive visualization and interactive exploration.

Vernor Vinge

I'm a science-fiction writer, so I'm interested in hearing about almost anything that is discussed at Sci Foo :-)

But I do have a special focus this time: How can we use hobbies, charity, and clever business practice to piggy-back catastrophe recovery onto our new technologies?

Tanya Vlach

Lucianne Walkowicz

http://www.astro.princeton.edu/~lucianne

I'm an astrophysicist and multimedia artist. I use data from NASA's Kepler Mission to study stars, with an eye towards understanding how they affect the habitability of planets orbiting them. I'm also interested in the intersection of art and science, and how to foster those connections to promote innovation, imagination, and public participation in scientific research.

Christina Warinner

Archaeogeneticist studying the evolution of the human microbiome and developing novel ways to recover information about disease and diet in past populations. Methods include metagenomics, metaproteomics, and microscopy. Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma and at the Centre for Evolutionary Medicine at the University of Zurich.

Nathan Watson

Geoffrey West

I have been struggling for the past decade to learn the new Macintosh operating system.

Glen Whitney

James Wilsdon

@jameswilsdon Professor of Science & Democracy at the Science Policy Research Unit, Sussex University. Associate Fellow at NESTA, the UK's innovation foundation. Former Director of Science Policy at the Royal Society, the UK's national academy of sciences, and Head of Science & Innovation at the UK think tank Demos. I research, teach & write about the politics of science & innovation.

Sara Winge

@sarawinge VP, Radar at O'Reilly, Foo Camp instigator. Curiouser and curiouser.

Joe Wolfe

Professor of Physics at UNSW, Sydney. My lab does research in the acoustics of the voice, the ear and musical instruments: http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/music/ I've also worked in cellular thermodynamics: [12] I am the author of Physclips, a multimedia introduction to physics: http://www.animations.physics.unsw.edu.au/ I'm a composer (mainly orchestral and chamber music [13]). (J.Wolfe@unsw.edu.au)

Krishna Yeshwant

Anders Ynnerman

I am a professor of Scientific Visualization at Linköping University in Sweden and director of the Norrköping Visualization Center - C. My research spans a wide range of computer graphics and visualization. In the past decade I have worked a lot with medical visualization and have developed methods for volume rendering and lighting. Our virtual autopsy table has generated a lot of interest and here is a video showing how it works http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bws6vWM1v6g I also gave a TED talk on medical visualization two years ago http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/anders_ynnerman_visualizing_the_medical_data_explosion.html

The visualization center is hosting a public facility with a dome theater seating 100 people and several exhibits showcasing visualization technology and applications. Here is a link to the center http://www.visualiseringscenter.se/index-int/en/#v:50|l:50|s:50|i:50

Peter Yunker

I am a soft matter physicist, who has focused on using colloids to investigate the glass transition and the coffee-ring effect (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaCGoSTMHyc). This fall I will start a post-doc at Harvard where I will use microfluidics to study proteins.

Feng Zhang

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