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Ellis and Repenning Honored at Telluride Tech Festival


October 2010

The 2010 Telluride Tech Festival recently honored University of Colorado Computer Science professors Clarence (Skip) Ellis and Alexander Repenning:

Clarence (Skip) Ellis photo

Clarence A. (Skip) Ellis is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science and Director of the Collaboration Technology Research Group at the University of Colorado Boulder. He was the first African American to receive a PhD in Computer Science. Ellis has worked as a researcher and developer at IBM, Xerox, Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation, Los Alamos Scientific Labs, and Argonne National Lab. His academic experience includes teaching at Stanford University, the University of Texas, MIT, Stevens Institute of Technology, and in Taiwan under an AFIPS overseas teaching fellowship.

Skip is on the editorial board of numerous journals, and has been an active instigator and leader of a number of computer associations and functions. He has been a member of the National Science Foundation Computer Science Advisory Board; of the University of Singapore ISS International Advisory Board; of the NSF Computer Science Education Committee; and chairman of the ACM Special Interest Group on Office Information Systems (SIGOIS). He has published several books, and over 100 technical papers and reports, lectured in more than a dozen countries, and was an invited speaker on object-oriented systems at the most recent IFIP World Computer Conference.

Alexander Repenning photo

Alexander Repenning is a computer science professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, a member of the Center for Lifelong Learning and Design at the University of Colorado and the founder of AgentSheets, Inc. Repenning's research interests include education, end-user programmable agents, and artificial intelligence. He is the director of the Scalable Game Design Initiative.

Repenning has worked in research and development at Asea Brown Boveri, Xerox PARC, Apple Computer, and Hewlett Packard. He is the creator of the AgentSheets simulation and game-authoring tool. He has offered game design workshops nationally at Stanford, the MIT Media Lab, and University of Colorado as well as internationally in Europe and Japan. His work has received numerous awards including the Gold Medal from the mayor of Paris for "most innovative application in education of the World Wide Web" and "best of the best innovators" by ACM. Repenning is an advisor to the National Academy of Sciences, the European Commission, the National Science Foundation, The Japanese Ministry of Education and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Repenning has raised over $10 million for research from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, the Department of Defense, and the European Commission.

The Telluride Tech Festival is an event designed to honor individuals who are leaders and innovators and have contributed to technology and the world as a whole. The festival involves presentations and panel discussions, as well as Friday night appetizers and cocktails, the annual Saturday picnic and a nightly Tesla Coil Presentation. Throughout the event, opportunities are provided for honorees, special guests and attendees to discuss ideas with one another and to inspire each other.

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