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Kathryn H. Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, isthe vanAmeringen Chair in Nursing Excellence & Professor of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Vice President & Director of Research, Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY). Throughout her career, Dr. Bowles’ research has focused on the use of information technology and health informatics to improve healthcare for at-risk older adults and support healthcare providers’ efforts to improve planning and provide transitional care following hospital discharge, thereby reducing hospital readmissions. Her ongoing studies, funded primarily by NIH, include the development of decision support tools to determine the best site of care for those needing post-discharge services; telehealth technology applications; the effect of home care and post-acute referrals on patient outcomes; and evaluation of electronic health records.

Kathy Bowles


Steven Kimbrough is Professor of Operations and Information Management at the Wharton School. His research interests that include: decision support systems; electronic commerce; artificial intelligence and computational rationality; logic modeling; evolutionary computation (including genetic algorithms and genetic programming). Current projects include: knowledge-based decision support systems, intelligent filtering and retrieval of multi-media information, and computational modeling of intelligent adaptation.

Steven Kimbrough


John Pourdehnad holds his Ph.D. in Systems Sciences from the Wharton School, and is an adjunct professor of Systems Engineering. His primary areas of focus and research include implications of Systems Thinking in complex problem formulation and systems redesign, knowledge development in creation of new products and services and the development of socio-technical systems for learning and knowledge-to-wisdom management in complex adaptive systems.


Barry Silverman is Director of ACASA at Penn and professor of engineering/SE, and secondary in Medicine and Nursing as well as fellow and honoree of several professional societies. He has authored or edited 12 books, 160 articles and 7 copyrighted software systems on intelligent agents, knowledge management and virtual worlds for enhancing human performance and adaptivity.

Barry G. Silverman


Tony Smith is a Professor of Systems Engineering and Regional Science at the University of Pennsylvania. His primary area of research is in the theory and application of probabilistic models to spatial interaction behavior. A secondary area of research is in transportation and land use modeling. Dr. Smith holds his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He has written two textbooks and numerous journal articles. Dr. Smith was designated the 1999 recipient of the Walter Isard Award for Distinguished Scholarship by the Regional Science Association International.

Tony E. Smith

Vukan R. Vuchic is UPS Foundation Professor (Emeritus) of Transportation Engineering and Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. Areas of research include: Urban Transportation, Urban Public Transportation, Highway Transportation, Transportation Networks and Railroad Systems.