New Research Institute to Connect People and Technology

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Monique Tavares
Office of the Executive Vice President for Research 

To support the
strategic plan’s focus on faculty-led, interdisciplinary and transformative
research, Executive Vice President for Research Steve Cross has announced
the launch of the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT).

Similar to the
Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, IPaT will catalyze research
activities, create new economic development opportunities, and address
important societal problems. It will support various college research centers
that collectively pursue transformations in healthcare, education, consumer
media, and other complex human enterprises by integrating advances in
human-centered computing, architectural and digital design, policy, and system
science and engineering.

"IPaT
will create an innovation crossroads where Georgia Tech faculty, students,
industry partners, government partners and other stakeholders meet to
co-innovate, collaborate and pave the road for Georgia Tech research that addresses
complex societal challenges,” stated Cross. “IPaT will focus on
engaging the Tech community and our external partners in far-reaching
leadership goals through its investment in unique research platforms, through
our living laboratories and datasets, through partnership with Georgia Tech's
Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2), and through alignment with the many ongoing
research activities on campus.”

The Institute
for People and Technology will be led by Executive Director Beth Mynatt, College
of Computing professor and former director of the GVU Center. Mynatt is a
renowned researcher in human-computer interaction, health informatics and
ubiquitous computing. She is a member of ACM's SIGCHI Academy, is a Sloan and
Kavli research fellow and serves on Microsoft Research's Technical Advisory
Board. She has published more than 100 scientific papers and recently chaired
the CHI 2010 conference, the premier international conference in human-computer
interaction. Prior to joining the faculty in 1998, she was a member of the
research staff at Xerox PARC, working with the founder of ubiquitous computing,
Mark Weiser. Mynatt earned both her master’s and PhD in computer science from
Georgia Tech.

"I'm thrilled that Beth has agreed to lead the Institute for
People and Technology," said Cross. "Her vast understanding of the complexities
inherent in today's social and business institutions and the transformative
role of technology in those enterprises is a critical foundation for this new
institute. Moreover, her track record in bringing together diverse stakeholders
to accomplish difficult interdisciplinary and translational research and to
provide solutions for today’s challenges is a prized asset for leading an
institute that will connect so many parts of the Georgia Tech community."

The IPaT
leadership team includes Deputy Director Jeff Evans, deputy director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)
Information and Communications Laboratory. In addition to being a graduate of
Georgia Tech, Evans has been a research engineer for GTRI for more than 20
years, directing more than 70 successful external sponsored research programs
in networked systems, performance applications and emerging wireless services.
He has collaborated extensively across campus in leading and supporting
research efforts in the Georgia Centers for Advanced Communications Technology (GCATT) and several interdisciplinary centers, establishing
network-based platforms and test beds to support a wide range of research
efforts. Evans will continue the development of technology convergence test
beds for IPaT, and his leadership will promote a broad set of research
opportunities for a diverse group of government and industry interactions with
Georgia Tech.

Ron Hutchins
(OIT), Bill Rouse (ISyE/COC), and Renu Kulkarni (GTRI/EI2) will also play important
leadership roles. IPaT will be supported by EI2’s Strategic Partners Office.

IPaT will
bring together many notable, cutting-edge and renowned research activities,
including: 

  • the Health Systems Institute;
  • the Tennenbaum Institute;
  • the College of Computing’s GVU Center;
  • the College of Architecture’s Center for Music
    Technology;
  • the College of Architecture's Digital Building
    Laboratory;
  • the Interactive Media Technology Center;
  • the Center for 21st Century Universities;
  • GTRI’s nationally recognized expertise in applied
    research and systems development;
  • the Ivan Allen Institute for Advanced Studies; and
  • Future Media, a campuswide, collaborative initiative
    focused on transforming the way content is created, distributed and
    consumed.

 These
existing centers represent every college at Georgia Tech as well as GTRI and
EI2.