Dr. Robert E. Kraut - (Chair)
Carnegie Mellon University
Robert E. Kraut is the Herbert A. Simon Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Kraut has broad interests in the design and social impact of computing and has conducted empirical research on online communities, the social impact of the internet, the design of information technology for small-group intellectual work, the communication needs of collaborating scientists, the impact of computer networks on organizations, office automation and employment quality, and technology and home-based employment. His research in specific areas examines in detail the challenges groups currently have in performing social tasks, designs new technology to meet some of these challenges, and evaluates the usefulness of the new technology. This cycle of needs assessment, technological design, and evaluation has both scholarly and applied products. His work on video systems for informal communicaiton, technology for allocating human attention and online communities follows this model. His recent research has focused on the analysis and design of online communities, such as Usentet groups, guilds in multi-player games and the editors who write Wikipedia. This research consists of empirical analysises of how they operate, such as how they socialize newcomers and coordinate their work. His book Building Successful Online Communities: Evidence-based Social Design, describes this work. He also conducts research on the role that the Internet, have on the interrelationships among firms and on the dynamics of the family. These networks increase the efficiency with which firms can search for or exchange information with each other, but they also shift the type of information that can easily exchanged, from personal to quantitative. The research examines how these shifts in the cost and quality of communication may influence inter-firm loyalties and market relationships. At the level of the family, the research examines how easy access to remote and personalized information sources and communication partners changes the family's dependence on local resources, among other topics. He wrote a biographical essay, Re-engineering Social Encounters, in 2003 for the American Psychological Association. In 1980, his research on the evolution of the human facial won a Proxmire Golden Fleece away. His biographical essay, Why Bowlers Smile, and Ed Diener's essay, Why Robert Kraut smiles, describe the legacy of that award. Dr. Kraut received his B.A. from Lehigh University in 1968 and his Ph.D. from Yale Univesity in 1973.
Dr. Alessandro Acquisti
Carnegie Mellon University
Alessandro Acquisti is an Associate Professor of Information Systems and Public Policy at the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University, and the co-director of the CMU Center for Behavioral Decision Research (CBDR). He is a fellow of the Ponemon Institute and a member of Carnegie Mellon CyLab and the CyLab Usability, Privacy, and Security (CUPS) lab. Alessandro’s research investigates the economics, and behavioral economics, of privacy, and privacy in online social networks. His studies have been published in leading journals across diverse disciplines (such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Journal of Consumer Research, Marketing Science, Information Systems Research, Journal of Comparative Economics, ACM Transactions on the Internet), as well as edited books, book chapters, conference proceedings, and numerous international keynotes. Alessandro has been the recipient of the PET Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies, the IBM Best Academic Privacy Faculty Award, the Heinz College’s School of Information Teaching Excellent Award, and various best paper awards. He has been awarded research grants from the National Science Foundation, Transcoop Foundation, Google, and Microsoft. He has been invited to be part of the Federal Trade Commission’s Privacy Roundtables and to co-chair the Cyber-Economics Track at the "National Cyber Leap Year Summit,” as part of the NITRD Program under guidance from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.His findings have been featured in media outlets that include the Economist, NPR, the New York Times and the NYT Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, CNN, the New Scientist, the MIT Technology Review, and others. His 2009 study on the predictability of Social Security numbers was featured in the “Year in Ideas” issue of the NYT Magazine. Alessandro holds a PhD from UC Berkeley and Master Degrees from UC Berkeley, the London School of Economics, and Trinity College Dublin.
Dr. Jon M. Kleinberg
Jon Kleinberg is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Cornell University. His research interests are centered around algorithmic issues at the interface of networks and information, with an emphasis on the social and information networks that underpin the Web and other online media. He is the recipient of an NSF Career Award, an ONR Young Investigator Award, research fellowships from the MacArthur, Packard, and Sloan foundations, teaching awards from the Cornell Engineering College and Computer Science Department, the Rolf Nevanlinna Prize from the International Mathematical Union, and the National Academy of Sciences Award for Initiatives in Research. Dr. Kleinberg received a B.S. in computer science from Cornell University in 1993 and a Ph.D., also in computer science, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996.
Mr. Leslie Luke
San Diego County, California
Leslie Luke is the Group Program Manager for the County of San Diego’s Office of Emergency Services. Leslie oversees the office’s Planning Branch, Info/Intel Branch, Recovery Branch and Support Services. He’s the Recovery Coordinator for the County of San Diego during a disaster and has been the Recovery Operational Area lead for five federally declared disasters and numerous state declared disasters. He coordinates the Continuity of Community Programs; liaisons with schools including childcare resource centers, the business sector (leads the ReadySanDiego Business Alliance), and faith based initiatives. He oversees the office’s public awareness/public education initiatives, special projects and the student worker/internship/volunteer program. Leslie has worked for the County of San Diego for 22 years. He has worked in the Office of Emergency Services since 2004. He previously worked in the Public Safety Group; a division of the County’s Chief Administrative Office. Before working in the Public Safety Group, Leslie was an investigator for the County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Mr. Richard Muth
Maryland Emergency Management Agency
Richard G. Muth was appointed Executive Director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, by Governor Martin O’Malley on June 1, 2008. Director Muth has devoted his entire professional career to safeguarding the lives of Maryland citizens by improving public safety and emergency management practices on the Federal, State and local levels. Director Muth is a 33-year career and volunteer veteran of the Baltimore County Fire Department. He has previously chaired the Governor’s Emergency Management Advisory Council (GEMAC), served as a two-term President of the Maryland Emergency Management Association, was a committee member and subsequent Chairman of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC). In 1993, Director Muth was appointed the Director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness in Baltimore County. In 1998, he served as the on-scene coordinator of Maryland resources while battling massive wildfires in the State of Florida and was awarded a Governor’s Citation for his efforts. That same year, he was honored by the American Red Cross for establishing new protocols between Baltimore County and the Red Cross. In 1999, he was chosen to chair the Baltimore Metro Council Y2K Contingency Planning Group. In 2003, Director Muth was appointed by Governor Robert Ehrlich to serve as Baltimore County’s Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management where he oversaw the county’s Hazardous Materials Program, Advanced Tactical Rescue, Fire Department Communications, and the Chemical Stockpile Program. He has chaired the U.S. Defense Department’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Program - Domestic Preparedness Chemical team and has been recognized for his leadership roles in the aftermath of Hurricane Isabel and as Maryland’s Emergency Resource Coordinator following Hurricane Katrina. As MEMA’s Executive Director, Muth oversees a staff of 75 people who work closely with State agencies and Maryland’s local jurisdictions coordinating and planning Maryland’s response to any disaster. When a disaster occurs, whether it is man-made or natural, Director Muth becomes the lead person having the primary responsibility of managing the emergency event and closely advising the Governor on preparedness and response strategies. Richard Muth holds a certificate in Religious studies from St. Mary's Seminary and University, Ecumenical Institute, in Baltimore.
Dr. Leysia Palen
University of Colorado at Boulder
Leysia Palen is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU). She is part of the Human-Centered Computing area, and has affiliations to other similarly-minded organizations at CU. Dr. Palen has varied research interests, most especially multi-disciplinary research on the interesting issues that crop up when people-meet-technology (and vice versa). She has worked in a variety of domains and investigated a range of topics in Human-Centered Computing. However, currently and most actively, she works in the area of Crisis Informatics, which describes the intersecting trajectories of social, technical and information matters in crises and disasters. Dr. Palen, along with members and affiliates of her research group—the ConnectivITy Lab—are leading research that investigates the evolving role of information and communication technologies (ICT) in emergency and disaster situations, with a particular focus on information dissemination and the implications of ICT-supported public participation on informal and formal crisis response. A 2006 National Science Foundation Early CAREER grant—Data in Disaster—and a $2.8M NSF grant in collaboration with University of California, Irvine— PROJECT EPIC: Empowering the Public with Information in Crisis— support this work. Dr. Palen received her B.S. from the University of California San Diego and both her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine.
Dr. Timothy L. Sellnow
University of Kentucky
Timothy L. Sellnow is professor of Communication at the University of Kentucky where he teaches courses in risk and crisis communication. Dr. Sellnow’s research focuses on bioterrorism, pre-crisis planning, and communication strategies for crisis management and mitigation. He has conducted funded research for the Department of Homeland Security, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Sellnow has published numerous refereed journal articles on risk and crisis communication and has co-authored four books on risk and crisis communication. His most recent book is entitled, Risk Communication: A Message-Centered Approach. He is also past editor of the National Communication Association’s Journal of Applied Communication Research. Dr. Sellnow received his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in 1987.
Dr. Michele Wood
California State University, Fullerton
Michele Wood is an Assistant Professor in the Health Science Department at the California State University, Fullerton, where she teaches courses in statistics and program design and evaluation. She has 20 years experience designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions. Through her affiliation with the Southern CA Injury Prevention Center in the UCLA School of Public Health, she managed a national household preparedness survey conducted as part of the National Center for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) Program through the University of Maryland’s Center of Excellence, as well as a California household telephone survey of Earthquake Preparedness. Dr. Wood received her Ph.D. in Public Health from the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles; she also holds a master’s degree in community psychology.