Austin Hodges is a junior at Southern Methodist University, double majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. Austin's current interests are artificial intelligence programming and biometrics. Austin works as a member of the SMU Biometrics Research Team, where his primary focus is on developing and testing iris recognition algorithms on various platforms. Austin is also an active student in the Innovation Gymnasium and has participated in two of the Immersion Design Experiences, both of which have concentrated on remotely controlling an unmanned aerial vehicle from a smartphone.
Nathan Huntoon is the Director of the Innovation Gymnasium at Southern Methodist University. He runs several programs that involve undergraduate students participating in interdisciplinary design projects. In addition to leading design teams, Nathan teaches Senior Design in the Electrical Engineering Department and coordinates the joint Senior Design Program for the Lyle School of Engineering. When not teaching design, Nathan works on his first love electromagnetics. His current research interests include neurophotonics, high performance computing and innovative cultures.
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)