Three Beckman Institute faculty members have been chosen as associates or fellows of the Center for Advanced Study for the 2007-08 academic year.
The announcement of the appointments said the CAS award "grants one semester of release time for creative work on self-initiated programs of scholarly research or professional activity."
Six assistant faculty members were also selected as CAS Beckman Fellows, named after Institute benefactor Arnold O. Beckman. The CAS Beckman Fellow appointment "recognizes outstanding younger fellow candidates who have made distinctive scholarly contributions."
Eyal Amir of the Artificial Intelligence group and a professor in Computer Science, was named a CAS Beckman Fellow. He will use the appointment to pursue the research topic of "Hard Problems for Artificial Intelligence, Easy Problems for Humans."
Paul Kenis of the 3-D Micro and Nanosystems group and a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular engineering was also named a CAS Beckman fellow. His research topic is "A Photocatalytic Fuel Cell."
Richard Sproat of the Artificial Intelligence group and Professor of Linguistics and Electrical and Computer Engineering was one of 12 University of Illinois faculty members named as a CAS associate. His research topic is "Multi-agent Simulation of the Evolution of Complex Morphology."