Industry Innovation Day Speakers


Plenary Speaker - What Makes a Smart City Healthy?

Chris Greer Senior Executive for Cyber-Physical Systems, Director of the Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office, and National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Chris' responsibilities include promoting the emergence of a globally interoperable Internet of Things and coordinating the development of a national framework for smart grid interoperability. Prior to joining NIST, he served as assistant director for information technology R&D in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and cybersecurity liaison to the national security staff. His responsibilities there included networking and information technology research and development, cybersecurity, and digital scientific data access. Chris has also served as director of the national coordination office for the federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program. This program coordinates IT R&D investments across the federal government.

Plenary Speaker - Intelligent Humans Meet Intelligent Machines: Building Disruptive Ecosystems for Health Innovation
Jordan Amadio, MD, MBA, Faculty Neurosurgeon, University of Texas Dell Seton Medical Center, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, NeuroLaunch accelerator

Dr. Jordan Amadio is the co-founder of NeuroLaunch. He is an Innovation Fellow for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, a recipient of the AMA Foundation's Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award, and among the “40 under 40” of MedTechBoston and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Dr. Amadio earned degrees from Princeton, MIT, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard Business School. He was the Chief Resident in Neurosurgery at Emory University and served on the faculty of Exponential Medicine by Singularity University. He is currently an attending neurosurgeon at University of Texas Dell Seton Medical Center. NeuroLaunch was founded in 2014 with the mission to enable growth for startups focused on brain technology through direct investment, or by enabling rapid growth through its global community of entrepreneurs, pioneers, researchers, and leaders in neuroscience.

Panel Discussion: Creating Smarter Systems for Health and Wellness
Margaret Wagner Dahl Associate Vice President for Information Technology and Analytics, Georgia Institute of Technology

Margaret Wagner Dahl is the Associate Vice President (AVP) for Information Technology and Analytics in the Office of Industry Collaboration with responsibility for implementing Georgia Tech's strategic and tactical objectives within the healthcare IT and analytics sector. Dahl focuses primarily on increasing industry collaboration with key faculty collaborators and government partners to provide solutions to the healthcare industry in the fields of interoperability, clinical integration, and effective affordable care delivery. She's also a member of the USG Total Rewards Steering Committee and chair of the USG Wellbeing Subcommittee.

Steve Derbis Innovation Development Director, Anthem Innovation Studio

Steve Derbis is a technology leader with more than 30 years of diversified experience in the software industry, primarily in technical and business leadership positions, producing leading-edge software products and platforms. Most recently, he built SaaS platforms for financial planning and portfolio management, and RFID-based real-time location service. Currently, Steve is leading an Agile practice of emerging technology exploration and software development in support of business initiatives in healthcare.

Sagdrina Jalal Executive Director, Georgia Farmers Market Association

Sagdrina Jalal is the founding Executive Director of the Georgia Farmers Market Association: a state wide organization led by farmers, farmers market managers and other local food advocates. GFMA seeks to support communities in growing healthy local food systems and fostering pathways to equitable food access. Sagdrina, a graduate of the University of Georgia, holds a Bachelors of Science in Education and was a 2015 participant in Black and Latino Farmers Immersion Program. In addition to her work to with Georgia Farmers Market Association, she serves as an Advisor for both the Center for Civic Innovation’s Food Innovation Fellowship Program and Tuskegee University’s Organic Farming Project. Sagdrina was also recently elected to serve as a board member for the National Farmers Market Coalition and as an 2018 Well-Being Impact Area Advisor for the Community Foundation of Atlanta. Her commitment to local food and health extends to her home life as she loves to cook, tinker with tinctures and considers herself a kombucha mixologist. She is currently a studying herbalism at Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine. Sagdrina has found her space in the good food movement; at the intersection of food and community.

Michelle Ossmann Director for Healthcare Environments, Steelcase Health

Michelle Ossmann received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing from Emory University and spent 10 years providing clinical care. While completing her PhD in Architecture from Georgia Tech, Michelle joined Steelcase Health in 2014, where she directs the research focus in health-environment design, and supports business strategy and product development.


Beth Mynatt Executive Director, Institute for People and Technology

Elizabeth Mynatt is the executive director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology, a College of Computing distinguished professor, and the director of the Everyday Computing Lab. Mynatt is also the Chair of the Computing Community Consortium, and serves as member of the National Academies Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB). She has been recognized as an ACM Fellow, a member of the SIGCHI Academy, and a Sloan and Kavli research fellow. Mynatt is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of ubiquitous computing and assistive technologies. Her research contributes to ongoing work in personal health informatics, computer-supported collaborative work and human-computer interface design.

Intelligent Health Project Previews
Munmun De Choudhury Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

Munmun De Choudhury is currently an assistant professor at the School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Tech. Munmun’s research interests are in computational social science, with a focus on reasoning about personal and societal well-being from social digital footprints.


Amy Bruckman Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

Amy Bruckman is Professor and Interim Chair in the School of  Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on social computing, with interests in online collaboration, social movements, and online moderation and the balance  between free speech and harassment. Bruckman received her Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab's Epistemology and Learning group in 1997, her M.S.V.S. from the Media Lab's Interactive Cinema Group in 1991, and a  B.A. in physics from Harvard University in 1987. More information about her work is available at her personal site.

John Stasko Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

John Stasko earned his PhD in Computer Science from Brown University in 1989 and joined the faculty at Georgia Tech later that year. He is a widely published and internationally recognized researcher in the areas of information visualization and visual analytics, approaching each from a human-computer interaction perspective. His Information Interfaces Research Group develops ways to help people and organizations explore, analyze, and make sense of data in order to solve problems. Stasko has been Papers/Program Co-Chair for the IEEE Information Visualization (InfoVis) and the IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST) Conferences, and has served on numerous journal editorial boards including ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, and Information Visualization. In 2013 he was General Chair for the IEEE VIS conference in Atlanta, the primary research meeting for the field of data visualization. He received the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee (VGTC) Visualization Technical Achievement Award in 2012, and was named an ACM Distinguished Scientist in 2011, an IEEE Fellow in 2014, and a member of the ACM CHI Academy in 2016. In 2013 he also became an Honorary Professor in the School of Computer Science at the Univ. of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Lauren Wilcox Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

Lauren Wilcox is an assistant professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. Her research focuses on enabling people to cultivate a more informed relationship with their health through human-centered technology. Professor Wilcox investigates how interactive technologies can be designed and developed to facilitate personal health-related information awareness and understanding. Thus far, she has addressed digital communication of health status and progress information from two complementary perspectives: those of hospital clinicians as well as patients, to discover how technology can be designed to foster patients' participation in their own healthcare Through a Dissertation Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Professor Wilcox's recent work examined the impact of a personal health record infrastructure developed in collaboration with the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.  While most of my work focuses on health-related applications, she is generally interested in how computing systems can be designed to communicate information to end users on the status and progress of complex, multi-faceted, and dynamic processes. Professor Wilcox's work employs a research methodology that draws from the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Medical Informatics, to include methods for designing, building, and evaluating technology.

Rahul Basole Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

Rahul C. Basole is an Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Computing, the Director of the Tennenbaum Institute, and a faculty member in the GVU Center at Georgia Tech. He is also a Visiting Scholar in the mediaX/H*STAR Institute at Stanford University and a Batten Fellow in the Darden School of Business. His research and teaching focuses on computational enterprise science, data visualization, and strategic decision support. Current research includes the design, development, and application of novel visual analytic tools for understanding complex business ecosystems and enterprises. His work has received numerous best paper awards and has been mentioned in outlets such as the New York Times, CNBC, and Fortune. He has published extensively in leading computer science, informatics, management, and engineering journals. Prof. Basole is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Enterprise Transformation and an editorial board member of INFORMS Service Science and Decision Support Systems. Prof. Basole is a member of ACM, IEEE, and INFORMS. He received a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Maribeth Gandy Director, Interactive Media Technology Center

Dr. Maribeth Gandy is the Director of IMTC as well as the Associate Director of Interactive Media for the Institute for People and Technology. She does research in the areas of augmented reality, mobile computing, and HCI. She is a computer scientist who is interested in not only building interesting mobile applications, accessible interfaces, and AR experiences but in bringing HCI techniques for design and evaluation into these domains. Maribeth has worked on a wide array of projects in the 12 years she has been a faculty member at Georgia Tech; ranging from an augmented reality prototyping tool, to an accessible computer interface based on gesture, to a virtual reality experience for exposing theater students to vaudeville. She is currently collaborating with NC State on an NSF funded project to develop cognitive games for older adults.She is currently developing presence metrics for measuring engagement in AR environments using qualitative and quantitative (physiological measures) data. She also teaches the “Video Game Design” course and the "Principles of Computer Audio" (which she created in 2001) in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech.

IPaT Innovation Spotlight
Thad Starner Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

Thad Starner is a Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Interactive Computing. He was perhaps the first to integrate a wearable computer into his everyday life as an intelligent personal assistant. Thad's work as a PhD student would help found the field of Wearable Computing. His group's prototypes and patents on mobile MP3 players, mobile instant messaging and e-mail, gesture-based interfaces, and mobile context-based search foreshadowed now commonplace devices and services. Thad has authored over 100 scientific publications with over 100 co-authors on mobile Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), pattern discovery, human power generation for mobile devices, and gesture recognition, and he is a founder and current co-chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Wearable Information Systems. His work is discussed in public forums such as CNN, NPR, the BBC, CBS's 60 Minutes, The New York Times, Nikkei Science, The London Independent, The Bangkok Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

Adriane B. Randolph Associate Professor, Kennesaw State University

Dr. Adriane B. Randolph is the Founder and Executive Director of the BrainLab and an Associate Professor of Information Systems in the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. She earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Department of Computer Information Systems at Georgia State University and a B.S. in Systems Engineering with Distinction from the University of Virginia. Dr. Randolph’s research focuses on brain-computer interface systems which allow for non-muscularly controlled assistive technologies and reflect varying human mental states. As director of the KSU BrainLab, she is working to discover impactful solutions for brain-computer interfaces by uncovering the underlying characteristics that affect users’ control. Other research interests include human-computer interaction, neuro-information systems, and process improvement. Prior to academia, Dr. Randolph worked for Accenture implementing change management and human performance tools in the federal government sector in Washington, D.C.

Luka Antolic-Soban Co-Founder, Sanus Solutions

Born in South Africa with his family originating from Croatia, Luka is the Co-Founder of Sanus Solutions. He, along with Klaus Zeng, formed Sanus Solutions while the two were working on undergraduate research at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. The pair hit it off immediately while developing wearable audio technology for notifying operating room personnel of sterility breaches due to human positioning throughout the room. After winning first place in the renowned Convergence Innovation Competition for their prototype, the two formed their company upon graduation.