Maurizio Porfiri

Maurizio Porfiri was born in Rome (Italy) and now happily resides in Brooklyn (New York). He received M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering mechanics from Virginia Tech; a “Laurea” in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in theoretical and applied mechanics from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and the University ...
of Toulon (dual degree program). Since 2006, he has been a member of the faculty of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, where he is currently a Professor. His work is in the area of dynamical systems, specifically focusing on interdisciplinary underwater applications. He is the author of more than 250 journal publications, and his research has been featured in numerous major media outlets, including CNN, Discovery Channel, and NPR. He has received the National Science Foundation CAREER award, the Outstanding Young Alumnus award from the College of Engineering of Virginia Tech, the ASME Gary Anderson Early Achievement Award, the ASME DSCD Young Investigator Award, and the ASME C.D. Mote, Jr. Early Career Award. ; and has been named to the Popular Science “Brilliant 10” list for young scientists as the "Water Wizard".

Devesh Ranjan

Dr. Devesh Ranjan is an Associate Professor and J. Erskine Love Jr. Faculty Fellow in the GWW School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. He was previously a director's research fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory (2008) and Morris E Foster Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at Texas A&M University (2009-2014). ...
He earned a bachelor's degree from the NIT-Trichy (India) in 2003, and master's and Ph.D. degrees from the UW-Madison in 2005 and 2007 respectively, all in mechanical engineering. His research program focuses on the shock-driven mixing and combustion, the physics of hydrodynamic instabilities, and advanced power conversion cycles. He is a recipient of National Science Foundation CAREER Award and US AFOSR Young Investigator Award in 2013. He was the first Georgia Tech recipient of the DOE-Early Career Award in 2016. His group has published more than 100 papers in journals and conferences. He was an invited participant in the 2016 National Academy of Engineering’s US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. He was the Joint-Secretary for the International Shock Wave Institute and served as the co-chair for the 29 th International Symposium on Shock Waves (ISSW). He is currently an Associate Editor of ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering and serves on the Editorial board of Shock Waves (Publisher-Springer & Verlag). Currently he is the member of External Affairs Committee of APS-Division of Fluid Dynamics. He has received several awards for his efforts and effectiveness in teaching, including CATERPILLAR Teaching Excellence Award, Texas A&M ASME Professor Mentorship Award and recently named 2018-2020 Provost Teaching and Learning Fellow.

Daniel P. Lathrop

Daniel P. Lathrop is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Department of Geology at UMD. He is a world leader in non-linear dynamics research with scientific interests in fluid dynamics, condensed matter and geophysics. He is strong supporter of science public outreach and his work is featured in ...
The Washington Post, Scientific American, the BBC, Discover Magazine and PBS’s NOVA.

Berndnaut Smilde


Smilde’s work consists of installations, sculptures and photography. He explores the physical deconstruction and re-construction of materials; light, space, atmosphere and experience in relation to his architectural environment, creating a new moment between the realms of reality and the temporal.

Smilde holds an MA from ...
the Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen. Awards include a start stipend form The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture. He was a resident artist at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin 2008 and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Colorado in 2015. Smilde's work resides in both the Saatchi and the Smithsonian collections among others. Smilde has been written about extensively in art publications; additionally his Nimbus series was recognised by TIME Magazine as one of the "Top Ten Inventions of 2012"

David McLeod

David McLeod is an Australian artist & designer currently based in Berlin. Creating still and moving image, David’s work is driven by a curiosity for exploring new visual territories in CG. Often working in a tactile quality that blends familiar visual cues with abstract geometric forms, ...
class="lG">David is interested in how the tension of this relationship can challenge perception and cause an emotive response. Through taking an experimental approach to his process, he wants to invite the unexpected and moments of surprise.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Artist   Rafael Lozano-Hemmer was born in Mexico City in 1967. In 1989 he received a B.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. Electronic artist, develops interactive installations that are at the intersection of architecture and performance art. His main interest is in ...
creating platforms for public participation, by perverting technologies such as robotics, computerized surveillance or telematic networks. Inspired by phantasmagoria, carnival, and animatronics, his light and shadow works are "antimonuments for alien agency".
His large-scale interactive installations have been commissioned for events such as the Millennium Celebrations in Mexico City (1999), the Cultural Capital of Europe in Rotterdam (2001), the UN World Summit of Cities in Lyon (2003), the opening of the YCAM Center in Japan (2003), the Expansion of the European Union in Dublin (2004), the memorial for the Tlatelolco Student Massacre in Mexico City (2008), the Winter Olympics in Vancouver (2010), and the pre-opening exhibition of the Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi (2015). Recently the subject of solo exhibitions at the SFMOMA, the MUAC Museum in Mexico City, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, he was the first artist to officially represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale with a solo exhibition at Palazzo Soranzo Van Axel in 2007. He has also shown at Art Biennials and Triennials in Havana, Istanbul, Kochi, Liverpool, Montréal, Moscow, New Orleans, Seville, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney. Collections holding his work include the MoMA in New York, Tate in London, AGO in Toronto, CIFO in Miami, Jumex in Mexico City, DAROS in Zurich, MUAC in Mexico City, MAG in Manchester, MUSAC in Leon, MONA in Hobart, ZKM in Karlsruhe, and SAM in Singapore, among others. He has received two BAFTA British Academy Awards for Interactive Art, a Golden Nica at Ars Electronica in Austria, "Artist of the year" Rave Award from Wired Magazine, a Rockefeller fellowship, the Trophée des Lumières in Lyon, an International Bauhaus Award in Dessau, and the Governor General's Award in Canada. He will be joined in this project by his studio team at Antimodular Research in Montreal.