GVU Center 25th Anniversary

You are invited to join us October 18-19 as we celebrate the GVU Center's 25th Anniversary and our community of researchers who are advancing globally focused computing solutions. Connect with us, explore the anniversary events below, and learn about the legacy of our research community.

The GVU Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology is dedicated to transforming computing research into innovative, relevant, and useful solutions that address the needs of people. As we celebrate 25 years in Atlanta, we continue our focus to unlock and amplify human potential through innovation in a variety of interactive computing techniques. Our community of researchers from across Georgia Tech's six colleges embody a unique collaborative spirit, one that fosters dynamic, interdisciplinary teams able to address complex human challenges.

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Anniversary Program

Technology Square Research Building, 85 5th St., N.W. Atlanta, GA 30332


Wednesday, October 18

9 a.m. - 10 a.m. 


10 a.m.


10:15 a.m. - 11 a.m. 

Reflections on 25 years and Future Directions

Keith Edwards, GVU Center Director

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Keynote Speaker

Scott Hudson, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. 

Impact Awards Presentations and Lunch

2 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

GVU Center Research Showcase and ACC Smithsonian Creativity & Innovation Festival Winners


Thursday, October 19

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Distinguished Alum Brownbag Seminar

Jennifer Mankoff, University of Washington


Opening Ceremonies

Keith Edwards is a Professor in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech and Director of the GVU Center. His research interests focus primarily on driving human-centered concerns into core computing infrastructure. He is a pioneer in the exploration of human-centered perspectives on computer networking, particularly in the home and has been active in developing more usable approaches to information security systems. Lately, his research has expanded into a number of explorations of the social impacts of computing technology, and understanding how technology can support the work of non-profits and NGOs. While he is a technologist at heart, he enjoys working with designers, as well as ethnographers and other social scientists.


Keynote Speaker

Scott Hudson is a Professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute within the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University where he serves as the founding director of the HCII PhD program. He was previously an Associate Professor in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Colorado in 1986. Elected to the CHI Academy in 2006, he has published over 150 technical papers. He has regularly served on program committees for the SIGCHI and UIST conferences, served as papers co-chair for CHI '09, and again for CHI '10. He has previously served as Program Chair for UIST '90 and UIST '00, as well as Symposium Chair for UIST '93 and the founding UIST Doctoral Symposium chair from 2003 to 2005. He also served as a founding Associate Editor for ACM Transactions on Computer Human Interaction. His recent research funding has been from the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, and Disney Research.


GVU Distinguished Alum Brownbag Speaker

Jennifer Mankoff is the Ladner Professor in the Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. Her research areas include HCI, Fabrication, Ubicomp, Diversity, and Accessibility. Jennifer applies a human-centered perspective to data-driven applications by combining empirical methods and technical innovation to solve pressing social problems in areas such as accessibility, health and sustainability. Integrating computational approaches with human-centered analytics, she develops tools that can influence energy saving behavior, provide support for individuals with chronic illnesses and design 3D-printed assistive technologies for people with disabilities. She runs the make4a11 group, which can be found on twitter (@make4a11) and online at http://make4a11.org. Jennifer received her PhD at Georgia Tech, advised by Gregory Abowd and Scott Hudson, and her B.A. from Oberlin College. Her previous faculty positions include UC Berkeley’s EECS department and Carnegie Mellon’s HCI Institute. Jennifer has been recognized with an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, IBM Faculty Fellowship and Best Paper awards from ASSETS, CHI and Mobile HCI. Some supporters of her research include Autodesk, Google Inc., the Intel Corporation, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft Corporation and the National Science Foundation.




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Event Details


    Atlanta, GA


  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm