Maneesh Agrawala is the Forest Baskett Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Stanford University. He works on computer graphics, human computer interaction and visualization. His focus is on investigating how cognitive design principles can be used to improve the effectiveness of audio/visual media. The goals of this work are to discover the design principles and then instantiate them in both interactive and automated design tools. He received an Okawa Foundation Research Grant (2006), an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship (2007), an NSF CAREER Award (2007), a SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award (2008), a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2009), and an Allen Distinguished Investigator Award (2014).
Krishna Bharat is the founder of Google News, an automated news service aggregating more than 50,000 sources, with 72 editions in over 30 languages. Google News won the 2003 Webby Award in the news category, and Bharat received the 2003 World Technology Award for Media & Journalism. In 2004 he founded Google’s R&D operations in India and served as the center’s first director until 2006. Before joining Google in 1999, he was a member of the research staff at DEC Systems Research Center in Palo Alto. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is on the Board of Visitors of the Columbia Journalism School and the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford.
R.B. Brenner is back at Stanford after four years away from The Farm. From fall 2014 through spring 2018, he was a professor and the journalism school director at the University of Texas at Austin. Before then, he was a Lecturer in the Stanford Journalism Program, starting in 2010, and served as the program’s deputy director. R.B.’s teaching is informed by a three-decade career as a reporter and editor. He held several editing positions at The Washington Post, including Metro Editor and Sunday Editor. He was one of the primary editors of The Post’s coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings, which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2008, and played a leadership role in merging the digital and print newsrooms. He has been a consultant for two journalism-themed films: “The Post” and “State of Play.”