Karl Daubmann

Karl Daubmann is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. He has also taught at the Boston Architectural Center, Roger Williams University, and the University of Cincinnati. He teaches seminars in digital media, fabrication, and interactive design. Daubmann received his bachelor of architecture from Roger Williams and a master of science in architectural studies from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A registered architect in Michigan, Karl is also a principal of PLY Architecture. PLY was established with the intention of putting ideas into action through built form. The work of PLY has been published nationally and internationally and received awards for both built and speculative projects. He was a recipient of the 2006 Architectural League of New York, Young Architects Award; the AIA 2010 Small Project Practitioners Award; and the 2010 Architect Magazine's R+D Award for architectural research.

His work in both practice and research investigates the role of digital technology on design, originally through simulation of real world phenomena and more recently through techniques of digital fabrication and methods for the description of complex form. His writings have been included in Future Wood – Innovation in Building Design + Manufacturing, Fabrications, and Smart Graphics – American Association for Artificial Intelligence.

John Marshall

John Marshall’s practice and research focuses on a discipline-agnostic approach to designing and making that recognizes the boundaries of the problem being addressed, not the artificial boundaries of traditionally-defined disciplinary practice.  In 1998, he co-founded rootoftwo - a hybrid art and design studio that makes experimental objects and spaces that seek to challenge perceptions, expectations and established behavior.  Marshall’s current scholarly research seeks a better understanding of what makes cross-disciplinary collaborations successful.  He has presented and published his research in Brazil, China, Denmark, Japan, the Netherlands, Macedonia, UK and US.

John is an Assistant Professor in the School of Art & Design and an Assistant Professor of Architecture in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and is a participating faculty member on the Design Science PhD Program at the University of Michigan. From 1999-2003 he worked as a model maker and designer as part of a collaborative product development team at consumer baby products manufacturer Evenflo Company, Inc.

Max Shtein

Max Shtein's research is focused on organic semiconductors, organic-inorganic hybrid materials and nanocomposites geared toward efficient energy conversion. His research group studies the physical properties of these materials and applies this knowledge to solid state device design and fabrication. In particular, devices of interest include transistors, LEDs, solar cells, memories, near-field optical microscopy probes, and others. Shtein has made key contributions in developing commercially-viable techniques for manufacturing organic light-emitting diodes, transistors and solar cells, which hold tremendous promise for efficient and cost-effective energy and lighting, among other applications. The techniques he helped to develop include organic vapor phase deposition and organic vapor jet printing.

Max received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy. It is the highest honor the federal government gives to early-career scientists and engineers.

Max is an Associate Professor in the departments of Materials Science and Engineering; Macromolecular Science and Engineering; and Chemical Engineering. He is also an Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design.


2011 - Sabrina Raaf

Sabrina Raaf, a Chicago-based artist, works in experimental sculptural media and also designs responsive environments and social spaces. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at the ZERO1 Biennial (2011, San Jose), Brandts Art Center (Denmark), Transitio_MX (Mexico City), Sala Parpalló (Spain), MejanLabs (Stockholm), Lawimore Projects (Seattle), the Edith-Russ-Site for Media Art (Germany), Stefan Stux Gallery (NYC), Ars Electronica (Linz), Museum Tinguely (Basel), Espace Landowski (Paris), Kunsthaus Graz (Austria), and ISEA 2004 (Helsinki). She was the recipient of a Creative Capital Grant in Emerging Fields (2002) and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship (2005 &2001). Reviews of her work have appeared in Art in America, Contemporary, Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, Leonardo, The Washington Post, and New Art Examiner. She received an MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999) and is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

2011 - David Bruemmer

David Bruemmer is Vice President of R&D at 5D Robotics, Inc. (5D) is a software products and services company that works with many different vehicle and sensor providers to provide increased safety, efficiency and simplified control. 5D has developed software modules for navigation, mapping and localization and mobile manipulation to provide an interchangeable suite of tasking functionality for many different mobile vehicles. Ultimately, the 5D software is geared towards the productivity acceleration that occurs when humans and robots are enabled to work together in the easiest and most productive way possible. 5D has intellectual property including 11 patents on applications of their behaviors to provide safe motion, obstacle avoidance, shared control, motion trajectory detection, dynamic follow and many others. The performance benefits of these behaviors have been analyzed and rigorously assessed by the Army and Navy for use on explosive ordinance disposal, landmine, and chemical detection robots. The 5D behaviors lower workload, time to task completion and operator error by more than half.

Previously, David was a Principal Research Scientist at the Idaho National Laboratory where he served as Technical Director for Unmanned Ground Vehicle Systems. He was the recipient of the 2002 AAAI Technology Innovation Award and was awarded 1st place in the 2003 International Robot Rescue Competition in Acapulco Mexico. He has been guest editor of the IEEE Intelligent Systems Magazine and was Program Chair for the SIG-CHI 2005 Conference on Human Robot Interaction. His interests include swarm robotics, humanoid robotics and teaming between unmanned air and ground vehicles. In particular, he is interested in studying the fundamental challenges of getting humans and robots to interact as peers.

20010-11 - David C. Michener

David C. Michener is Associate Curator of The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

David is the author of numerous technical reports and papers, many for agencies. He is a long-serving member and past chair of the Editorial Committee for The Public Garden. For popular audiences, David is the co-author of Taylor’s Guide to Groundcovers, and he has coauthored articles in Horticulture magazine. His own garden has appeared in several publications, and he is a popular public speaker. David has led garden-study tours in Asia, Europe, New Zealand, and North America.

David holds a B.A with Highest Honors in Botany from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Botany from Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California.

2009-11 - Eugene Shteyn

Eugene Shteyn holds twenty-five US patents and is a named inventor on more than forty patents pending (in software architecture, digital entertainment, Internet services, nanotechnology, and other areas). Shteyn develops inventions and identifies potential markets for technology transfer and intellectual property licensing in the clean energy industry. Previously he was Director of IP Licensing at Hewlett-Packard, a principal scientist at Philips Research Silicon Valley, an innovation consultant for Roche, and an inventor for Intellectual Ventures. Much of his work is represented in high tech products and industry standards. Shteyn has received degrees in mechanical engineering and computer science. Eugene is Director of Invention Development at Ambature (a company founded in 2007 for the purpose of developing technologies that can significantly improve the efficiency of electrical energy generation, distribution and usage). He also teaches courses in Invention and Innovation at Stanford University.

2010 - Thorsten Klooster

Thorsten Klooster is an architect in Berlin and the editor of the book 'Smart Surfaces: and their Application in Architecture and Design'. He has worked on the planning, detailing and construction administration of several projects, including residential, commercial and public buildings. He has been part of the team of the DFG Research Group for Technical Sciences at Fraunhofer-Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK in Berlin. In 2007 he established TASK Architekten, based in Berlin. His current work is on display at the Architecture Forum Aedes Berlin. From 2002 to 2007, he taught design at the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus and has been guest critic, public lecturer and expert at several schools and institutions in Germany and abroad, including at the IBA Hamburg 2013, Academy Solitude Palace Stuttgart and IUAV Venice. One of his research areas is New Materials, with an emphasis on functional surfaces. Since 2009, together with the artist Heike Klussmann, he has headed the working group “BlingCrete” at the University of Kassel, which is devoted to the development of new materials concepts. One emphasis is on the functional design of concrete surfaces. Along with architecture and art, “BlingCrete” unites expertise from the areas of product design, materials technology, and nanotechnology. It is promoted by the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations AiF e.V. (funding agency).

2010 - Geoffrey Mann

Geoffrey Mann is a Scottish artist, designer and lecturer whose fascination with transposing the ephemeral nature of time and motion has created a studio practice that challenges the existing divides between art, craft and design. He has exhibited in National and International venues including MoMA New York; International Bombay Sapphire Awards, London and Milan, Jerwood Contemporary Makers exhibition, MAD New York and the European Glass Context in Denmark. In 2008, Mann was awarded the World Craft Council Prize for Glass and in 2009 won the Jerwood Contemporary Makers Prize. Mann has work included in MoMA New York, Design and Architecture collection and MAD New York, Design and Applied permanent collections.

2009 - Julian Bleecker

Julian Bleecker is a designer, technologist and researcher at the Design Strategic Projects studio at Nokia Design in Los Angeles and co-founder with Nicolas Nova of the Near Future Laboratory, their design-to-think studio. He lectures and leads workshops on the intersections of art, design, technology and the near-future possibilities for new social-technical interaction rituals. He has taught interactive media at Parson’s School of Design and the University of Southern California. Julian has given talks and exhibited many of his emerging technology projects, designs and concepts in venues such as SIGGRAPH, LIFT, Xerox PARC, O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference and Where 2.0 Conference on Location-Based Technology, Ubicomp, Ars Electronica, ACM SIGCHI, ACM Advances in Computer Entertainment, Banff New Media Institute, American Museum of the Moving Image, Art Interactive, Boston Cyberarts Festival, SHiFT, Reboot, Eyebeam Atelier, and SK Telecom’s Art Center Nabi.

He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, a Master’s Degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, in Computer-Human Interaction, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz where his dissertation is on technology, culture and entertainment. He was formally a Professor of Interactive Media at the University of Southern California. He serves as an adviser to the US Pavilion for the Shanghai 2010 World Expo, and is on the board of advisors the Lift Conference and can often be found jurying international art-technology conferences. He is presently conducting a research study on the relationships between art, technology and innovation practices under a grant from the University of Southern California’s Provost’s Office and completing a book on “New Interaction Rituals” and a pamphlet for the Architectural League on urban networks. His current interests include: Design, Science Fiction, Film, Urban Space, Future Things and strategies for thinking about and creating conversations that lead to more habitable near future worlds.

2009 - Michelle Addington

Prior to teaching at Yale, Ms. Addington taught at Harvard University for ten years and before that at Temple University and Philadelphia University. Her background includes work at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, where she developed structural data for composite materials and designed components for unmanned spacecraft. Ms. Addington then spent a decade as a process design and power plant engineer as well as a manufacturing supervisor at DuPont, and after studying architecture, she was an architectural associate at a firm based in Philadelphia. She researches discrete systems and technology transfer, and she serves as an adviser on energy and sustainability for many organizations, including the Department of Energy and the AIA. Her chapters and articles on energy, environmental systems, lighting, and materials have appeared in many books and journals and she recently co-authored Smart Materials and Technologies for the Architecture and Design Professions. She received a B.S.M.E. from Tulane University, a B.Arch. from Temple University, a M.Des.S. and a D.Des. from Harvard University.