Allison Druin is Chief Futurist for the University of Maryland’s Division of Research and is a Professor in the iSchool and a researcher in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab. As the University’s first Chief Futurist, she works with faculty throughout campus to consider their research futures. In her own research, for almost 20 years, she has led design teams of children and teens, computer scientists, educators and more to develop new educational technologies for young people with co-design methods. Her research focus has been to understand how young learners can search, access, use and create information by developing new technologies.
Her team has created a variety of new technologies which have included new mobile storytelling devices, digital libraries to support cultural tolerance, and robotic toys for active learning. These applications are used by millions of children, parents, and teachers around the world. Dr. Druin holds a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in K-12 technologies, a M.S. from the MIT Media Lab, and a BFA in graphic design from the Rhode Island School of Design. And over the last 8 years she has become known as the Computer Gal, a radio correspondent covering monthly technology trends for the WAMU 88.5 Kojo Nnamdi Show.
Ira Chinoy is an Associate Professor in University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, where he has been on the faculty since 2001. He served as the college’s associate dean from 2012 to 2014. Before coming to UMD, he had 24 years of experience as a journalist at The Washington Post, The Providence (R.I.) Journal, The Lawrence (Mass.) Eagle-Tribune and The Pine Bluff (Ark.) Commercial. As director of computer-assisted reporting at The Washington Post, he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for a series on the use of deadly force by the D.C. police. At The Providence Journal, Chinoy was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for coverage of corruption and patronage in the Rhode Island courts.
Chinoy has taught courses in computer-assisted reporting – also known as data journalism – as well as the history of journalism, the history of emerging media, the use of archives as a resource for journalists, and basic news reporting and writing. Chinoy is a 1977 graduate of Harvard College. In 2010, he completed his Ph.D. in Journalism Studies at UMD with a dissertation exploring the intersecting histories of journalism and technology, titled “Battle of the Brains: Election-Night Forecasting at the Dawn of the Computer Age.” It was awarded the Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize by the American Journalism Historians Association.
Anne Rose is the Managing Director for the Future of Information Alliance. She is also the Assistant Director of Technology for the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCIL). Her research interests include information visualization and digital libraries. She is passionate about her work on the International Children’s Digital Library. @annetrose