Jonathan Waskan is a professor of philosophy - and the Beckman Institute's lone philosopher - but his perspective on the computational issues surrounding artificial intelligence (AI) is something computer scientists, cognitive scientists, and AI researchers may want to consider.
Piotr Adamczyk was born in Poland, grew up in Illinois, and went from earning bachelor's degrees in mathematics and computer science to studying for master's degrees in both human factors and library information science. Marcos Sotomayor came to Illinois from Chile with a degree in physics, but at Beckman he does biological computer simulations. Danielle Chandler wasn't satisfied to get one degree at Illinois; she earned three in the spring of 2005. Maritza Alvarado has known what she wanted to do since the age of 13: become a doctor. That challenge wasn't quite enough for the Southern California native, however. She's also working toward a Ph.D. in neuroscience.
Christina Grozinger is a former Beckman Fellow who is now an Assistant Professor of Entomology at North Carolina State..
Beckman Institute researcher Roxana Girju was the perfect faculty member to lead a group of University of Illinois students to victory in an international competition held earlier this year.
Inside this issue you can learn how honeybees inspired Christina Grozinger, a former Beckman Fellow, to change her research paths. Plus learn about Beckman's resident philosopher, Jonathan Waskan; a diverse group of graduate students; multi-talented Beckman faculty member, Roxana Girju; and much more.