BEN SHNEIDERMAN (http://www.cs.umd.edu/~ben) is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory (http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/), and a Member of the UM Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) at the University of Maryland. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, IEEE, NAI, and SIGCHI Academy and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, in recognition of his pioneering contributions to human-computer interaction and information visualization.
CATHERINE PLAISANT (http://hcil.umd.edu/catherine-plaisant) is a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies and Associate Director of Research of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab. Catherine Plaisant earned her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris VI, France. She was elected to the ACM SIGCHI Academy in 2015 for her contributions to the field of human-computer interaction, medical informatics, and information visualization.
MAXINE COHEN (http://cec.nova.edu/faculty/cohen.html) is a Professor in the College of Engineering and Computing at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She teaches graduate courses (on campus and online) in Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, and Social Media and advises doctoral students. Previously she worked for IBM (Endicott, NY and Boca Raton, FL) and taught at the Watson School of Engineering at Binghamton University. She has served as a meta-reviewer for ACM Computing Reviews for over 20 years. She earned her Ph.D. and M.S. from Binghamton University and her B.A. from the University of Vermont. She is a member of ACM, IEEE, and UPE.
STEVEN JACOBS (http://cefns.nau.edu/~smj93/) retired from the aerospace industry and is now a Lecturer in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems as well as University College Faculty Fellow at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona. He was with Northrop Grumman Information Systems (formerly TRW) in Carson, California for 25 years. He was also Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California Department of Computer Science for 17 years, where he developed and taught their graduate courses in user interface design and human performance engineering. He received his M.S.C.S. from UCLA and B.A. in Mathematics from Monmouth University (NJ). Mr. Jacobs is a Senior Member of ACM.
NIKLAS ELMQVIST (http://sites.umiacs.umd.edu/elm/) is an Associate Professor in the College of Information Studies at University of Maryland, College Park, with affiliate appointments in the Department of Computer Science and the UM Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS). He is also a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCIL). Previously a faculty member at Purdue University, he received his Ph.D. from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. He is a Senior Member of the ACM and the IEEE.
NICHOLAS DIAKOPOULOS (http://www.nickdiakopoulos.com/) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park Philip Merrill College of Journalism with courtesy appointments in the College of Information Studies and Department of Computer Science. He is a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) and is director of the Computational Journalism Lab where he researches algorithmic accountability, narrative data visualization, and social computing in the news. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology.