IPCRES Press Release

Indiana Pervasive Computing Research Initiative (IPCRES)

Steering Committee

Myles Brand, Chairman
Myles Brand has been president of Indiana University for five years during which time the University has continued to be rated among the top ten public research universities in the nation. Many significant accomplishments during the past several years have been based on the clear direction for the future that was established in the Strategic Directions Charter, an innovative plan that builds on the institution's long tradition of excellence as a public university. Brand holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Philosophy at both the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses and continues to teach and do research at the university.

Michael A. McRobbie, Deputy Chairman
Michael A. McRobbie is the Vice-President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Indiana University, positions he has held since January 1997. He is Professor of Computer Science, Professor of Philosophy, Adjunct Professor of Cognitive Science and Adjunct Professor of Information Science on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University, and Professor of Computer Technology in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology on the Indianapolis campus. McRobbie launched a comprehensive University-wide planning effort to produce the Indiana University Information Technology Strategic Plan, a plan that will be implemented over the next five years and the result of which will continue to solidify the university's reputation for high-tech excellence.

William B. Stephan, Director, IPCRES Economic Development Office
William B. Stephan is currently Chief of Staff and Special Counsel in the Office of the Mayor, City of Indianapolis. In November 1999, he will assume a new position as Indiana University Assistant Vice President in the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology and Special Assistant to the President. Stephan has extensive experience in working for the City of Indianapolis in a variety of capacities during the past seven years. In his role with the University, he will continue to work closely with the business community and local and state government to promote economic development related to information technology.

Dennis Gannon, IPCRES Science Director
Dennis Gannon is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at IU Bloomington which he also Chairs. His previous positions include assistant and associate professor of Computer Science at Purdue University and senior visiting research scientist at the Center for Supercomputer Research and Development, University of Illinois. Over the past five years he has led the HPC++ initiative to produce a set of libraries for object-oriented runtime systems for large scale parallel and distributed computing, and the core of this is used in a variety of applications in National Laboratories and Universities. Gannon chaired the committee that defined a detailed plan for the new School of Informatics at Indiana University. Recently, Gannon has been involved in research and consulting in Silicon Valley.

Mike Dunn, IPCRES Informatics Programs
J. Michael Dunn is the Oscar Ewing Professor of Philosophy and a Professor of Computer Science at IU Bloomington. Dunn is currently serving as IU Director of Informatics and it is the intention to appoint him Interim Dean of the new School of Informatics when it is approved. Dunn's research is on information-based logics, where he has done pioneering work. He has served as a Department Chairman, Executive Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, and in various faculty governance roles including Bloomington and University Faculty Councils. Dunn also chaired the University Information Technology Committee and oversaw the creation of the IU Information Technology Strategic Plan.

Ron Henriksen, IPCRES ARTI Programs
Ron Henriksen is in his first year as President of the Advanced Research and Technology Institute, a private, not-for-profit agent for Indiana University charged with increasing the university's collaboration with the private sector. Henriksen has 25 years of experience in the health care industry with leading roles in line management, business development, mergers and acquisitions, marketing and finance. From 1970 until 1993, Henriksen held a series of managerial executive positions with Eli Lilly and Company. Prior to joining ARTI in 1998, Henriksen served as President and CEO of Khepri Pharmaceuticals, a California biopharmaceutical company, for three years. After the merger of Khepri with Arris Pharmaceuticals, he became a consultant to biotechnology and medical device companies on business developing, financing and general management. During the same period he served as CEO of Itasca Ventures, a Minneapolis-based incubator for new health care startup companies.

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Posted 21 September 1999
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