Professor Sorin Istrail is the Julie Nguyen Brown Professor of Computational and Mathematical Sciences and former Director of the Center for Computational Molecular Biology at Brown University. Before joining Brown, he was the Senior Director and then Head of Informatics Research at Celera Genomics, where his group played a central role in the construction of the Sequence of the Human Genome; Professor Istrail's research focuses on computational molecular biology, human genetics and genome-wide associations studies, medical bioinformatics of multiple sclerosis, autism, HIV, preterm labor and viral immunology, statistical physics, algorithms and computational complexity.
Professor Rocco Servedio is an associate professor in the Computer Science Department of Columbia University, where he does research in theoretical computer science. his main research area is computational learning theory, but he also have strong interests in computational complexity theory and the role of randomness in computation. Before coming to Columbia he was an NSF Mathematical Sciences postdoc in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D in computer science, his MS in computer science, and his AB in Mathematics all from Harvard.