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We are honored to have the following keynote speakers at this year's GCASR workshop!
(alphabetical order)

Chris Gladwin
(Former CEO and Founder of Cleversafe)
Chris Gladwin was the Founder and CEO of Cleversafe, whose software is the foundation of many of the largest data storage systems worldwide. Cleversafe’s technology is used to store many of the files, maps, songs, television programs, photographs, and movies you use every day. The company created one of the 10 most powerful patent portfolios in the world and was acquired by IBM in 2015. Prior to Cleversafe, Chris founded and lead the first digital music service provider, MusicNow, and wireless tablet computer company, Cruise Technologies. Chris is an engineering graduate from MIT and is a member of the Illinois Tech Board of Trustees.

Commercializing New Information Technology in Chicago

Cleversafe created and commercialized many new technologies in the enterprise data storage space, including encoding/decoding of stored data, virtualizing all physical storage resources, and locating data through a dynamic namespace. As a result, Cleversafe became the dominant data storage technology for the world’s largest data storage systems and was acquired in 2015 in the largest software technology exit in Chicago history. The Founder of Cleversafe and other technology companies, Chris Gladwin will discuss the advantages and disadvantage of building these kinds of companies in Chicago.

Steven M. LaValle 
(The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign & Huawei)
Steven M. LaValle is Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois. He is also the Chief Scientist of VR/AR/MR at Huawei Technologies, Ltd. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1995. From 1995-1997 he was a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University. From 1997-2001 he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Iowa State University. His research interests include robotics, virtual reality, sensing, planning algorithms, computational geometry, and control theory. He is mostly known for his introduction of the Rapidly exploring Random Tree (RRT) algorithm, which is widely used in robotics and other engineering fields. He was also an early founder and chief scientist of Oculus VR, acquired by Facebook in 2014, where he developed patented tracking technology for consumer virtual reality and led a team of perceptual psychologists to provide principled approaches to virtual reality system calibration, health and safety, and the design of comfortable user experiences. He also authored the books Planning Algorithms, Sensing and Filtering, and Virtual Reality. 

Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality/Mixed Reality: Where is it all going?