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Bill Jepson

ORG University of California, Los Angeles Title BIO Bill Jepson is the Director and Founder of the UCLA Urban Simulation Laboratory which is located in the School of Arts and Architecture. The Urban Simulation Lab is a multi-million dollar distributed computing facility. Bill was honored with the 1994 Computerworld/Smithsonian award in the education and academia category. The award, considered as one of the industries most prestigious, recognizes information technology that best serves the needs of society. Bill's work is included in the permanent archives of the Smithsonian American History Museum.

Other Honors Include:
2001 American Institute of Architects "Research and Technology Award"
2001 UC, Santa Barbara, "Chancellor's Medal (Innovation in GIS Technology)"
2000 American Planning Association "Most Innovative Use of Technology Award"
1999 Named as founding member of Silicon Graphics "Vanguards of Visual Computing" Program

Recent Keynote Speeches:
2002 National Trans. Visualization Conf., April 25, Salt Lake City, Utah
2001 All UC Senior Managers Conference, July 10, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
2001 UC Santa Barbara GIS, May 17, Goleta, CA
2000 GIS 2000 Conference, Oct. 31, Savannah, Georgia
2000 Educause Conference, June 9, Seattle, Washington
2000 Internet2 Meeting, Mar. 28, Wash. DC
1999 National League of Cities, Dec. 2, Los Angeles, CA
1999 National Conference of States CIO's, Oct. 27, Indianapolis, Ind.
1999 AEC Systems, May 25, Los Angeles, CA
1999 CENIC Conference, May 6, Monterey, CA

Bill is currently directing the creation of the Virtual Los Angeles Project. This project is actively creating a Virtual Reality model of the entire Los Angeles Basin, which is accurate to the level of the signs in the windows and graffiti on the walls. Bill has been awarded numerous grants and contracts from the National Science Foundation, the City of Los Angeles Housing Department, the City of Los Angeles' Mayor's Office, Mirage Resorts, Los Angeles World Airports, the MTA, Maguire Partners, Arba Development Group, the Hollywood Business Improvement District and the Getty Education Institute. Bill's research interest areas include: real-time simulation, virtual-reality, computer aided architectural design, advanced computer graphics and visualization; architectural database design and the utilization of advanced programming tools and methods in computing.