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This page features periodic updates as supplied by Nayar Prize teams.


September 12–16, 2016

Ron Henderson Presents The Driverless City in Beijing

Ron Henderson, professor and director of the Landscape Architecture Program at Illinois Tech, is presenting The Driverless City project at the Designing Future Cities international alumni seminar in Beijing, held September 12–16. Co-sponsored by Technische Universität Berlin and Tsinghua University, Beijing, the seminar includes speakers from Germany, China, South Korea, Thailand, and the United States. It features topics on the development and future design of urban areas in Asia and Europe.

One of three teams selected to receive initial funding from the Nayar Prize I, T​he Driverless City investigate​s the urban design implications of driverless cars. In addition to Professor Henderson, the team ​comprises Illinois Tech faculty members Marshall Brown, Lili Du, Laura Forlano, ​and Jack Guthman.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Screen Time is a collaboration of the Developmental Media Lab at Illinois Institute of Technology and the Erikson Institute. This one-day symposium will be held at Illinois Tech's Conviser Law Center in Chicago. It is open to researchers, practitioners, parents, educators, media makers, and other stakeholders. (

May 21–June 29, 2016

Marshall Brown is at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. He is one of 12 architects to produce the U.S. exhibition at the biennale. The U.S. Pavilion at the biennale will host The Architectural Imagination, an exhibition of new speculative architectural projects commissioned for specific sites in Detroit but with far-reaching application for cities around the world. The exhibitions will emphasize the importance and value of the architectural imagination in shaping forms and spaces into exciting future possibilities.

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Chicagoland Alumni Gathering 6–9 p.m.

Join President Alan W. Cramb with fellow alumni and friends to learn about the Nayar Prize. Hear from faculty members of the three finalist teams about their groundbreaking work, and how it has the potential to change the future.

May–June 2016

The ADEPT Cancer Imager and Language Development Through Games Nayar Prize I finalist teams have been busy contributing research papers and making conference presentations:

Language Development Through Games

  • Carly Kocurek and Jennifer Miller will be presenting “Cognitive Principles for Game-Based Learning in Young Children” and “Olive Dreams of Elephants: Game-Based Learning for School Readiness and Pre-Literacy in Young Children” at the iLRN 2016 conference scheduled for June 27–July 1 at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • Carly Kocurek presented “Caregiver-Infant Contingencies: Uncovering Social Mechanisms of Development” and “The Importance of Vocal Feedback Loops for Development: Specificity to Speech-like Vocalizations in Infant-Caregiver Interactions” at the 2016 International Congress for Infant Studies, held May 26–28 in New Orleans.

ADEPT Cancer Imager

Lagnojita Sinha (doctoral candidate) has been selected to present “Detector Saturation Helps to Achieve High Spatial Resolution Images in Optical Tomography” at the World Molecular Imaging Congress 2016 in New York in September. Sinha, who has been working with the ADEPT team, was also given a Student Travel Stipend to attend the conference.

April 27, 2016

ADEPT team oral presentation at the Optical Society of America Biomed Conference (

March 31–April 2, 2016

The Driverless City team travels to the University of Michigan to visit U-M’s Mcity Test Facility, a research center that tests new technologies in a realistic off-roadway environment.

The Driverless City Team at McityThe Driverless City Team at Mcity

March 9, 2016

The Driverless City team convened in an all-day workshop.

March 2, 2016

Carly Kocurek of the Language Development Through Games team joins a roundtable at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies to discuss pitching and publishing books in game studies from her perspective as a result of her work in editing the Influential Game Designers series for Bloomsbury.

February 20, 2016

Driverless studio professors Ron Henderson and Conor O’Shea attended the Chicago Auto Show to benchmark current automobile technologies and interview manufacturers.

February 13, 2016

ADEPT team invited talk at SPIE Photonics West Conference, San Francisco, California, “The benefits of paired-agent imaging in molecular-guided surgery: an update on methods and applications” (


Members of the Adept Cancer Imager team had their manuscript “Enhanced Detection of Early Photons in Time-Domain Optical Imaging By Running in ‘Dead-Time’ Regime” (Volume 41, Issue 14) published on the Optics Letters website. This work was completely funded by the Nayar Prize award.

Cities Should Plan For Driverless Technology Now, Experts Urge.

Motown Meets Venice in Architectural Record

Finalists from the Nayar Prize at Illinois Tech discuss their research into driverless-cities in an article in Wired Magazine.

Bio-EARN Team Earns Top Spot Overall at BME Design Competition

Carly Kocurek has article published in Visual Studies journal

Carly Kocurek publishes piece on crowdfunding in MediaCommons

Carly Kocurek's coin-op oral history project now online

"Coin-Operated Americans" book launch party

College of Architecture Associate Professor Marshall Brown Selected for U.S. Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennial

Driverless Cars Are Coming. Are Our Cities Ready?

Lili Du among one of four engineering faculty members to receive prestigious NSF Career awards

Ron Henderson Wins Three Awards

Ron Henderson In Design Miami

Michael Anthony DeAnda (doctoral candidate) and Carly Kocurek contributed a paper to the journal Technical Communications Quarterly, published online on May 6

Associate Professor of Architecture Marshall Brown, principal investigator of “The Driverless City” and head of the urban design and architecture studio Marshall Brown Projects, is one of 12 architects from the United States selected to participate in the 2016 Venice Architecture Bienniale. News about Brown and the Bienniale appeared in May in the following publications: