Donna Cox

Donna J. Cox, MFA, PhD

Keynote Speaker
Professor Emeritus, Art and Design, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Connecting People for Advancing Our Future
As a pioneer in the intersection of art, science, social science, and technology, Cox will speak to her legacy of effectively bringing together people from vastly different fields into renaissance teams. She will highlight accomplishments over her long career, emphasizing the connections and positive outcomes in scientific visualization and public outreach. Her presentation will be visually rich.

Donna J. Cox, MFA, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), is Professor Emerita School of Art and Design, Michael Aiken Chair Emerita, Director Emerita Advanced Visualization Laboratory, Director Emerita Emerging Digital Research and Education in Arts Media, and Chief Scholar Emerita at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (UIUC). Cox is an internationally acclaimed ground-breaker in the art of scientific visualization. She’s known for defining Renaissance Teams to provide interdisciplinary skills in the quest for discovery. She and her collaborators have thrilled millions globally with stunning cinematic presentations of science for giant-screen productions, fulldome, IMAX, and television documentaries. Twice she’s walked the Academy Awards’ red carpet. Among her awards and lifetime achievements, ACM SIGGRAPH awarded Cox with the distinguished lifetime achievement award and induction into the ACM SIGGRAPH Academy, 2019. She’s lead co-editor and contributor of New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts (2018).