With 2011 drawing to a close, it’s the time of year when I think about how the accomplishments of Georgia Tech’s community have positively impacted our state, our nation and our world. And, more specifically, I consider how our research at the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) has enriched people’s lives; it has made our society healthier, wiser, happier, and more connected.
Created in February of this year, IPaT is a young organization with long tradition of Georgia Tech's leadership in multi-disciplinary research that impacts our society. This year several achievements come to mind:
One Million Healthy Children (1MHC)– Georgia Tech's collaborative effort with IBM, Emory University, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Georgia Cancer Coalition and the Georgia Department of Community Health has made inroads in modeling new systems of health care that can respond to Georgia's pediatric healthcare challenges due to childhood obesity, health care disparities, and rising health care costs.
The Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U)– Georgia Tech's living laboratory for fundamental change in higher education, is uncovering the numerous ways that technology will shape learning. The Center is asking hard questions about the future role of universities and technology in our society. Also, The K-12 program Direct 2 Discovery (D2D) has transformed distance and interactive learning, through high-speed video that connects students and educators in new, revolutionary ways.
The FutureMedia Outlook 2012– Georgia Tech’s annual projection for the future of media distills six megatrends that will have pervasive social and industrial impact over the next five years. One leader is Georgia Tech's augmented reality browser Argon that integrates web content into our physical world, creating a narrative multidimensional user experience.
Humanitarian Systems– Georgia Tech's researchers have developed powerful approaches for communities to support and sustain each other through the use of novel communication networks and information technologies. Projects range from first-response technologies for crisis and disaster relief to social media applications for democracy and social justice.
During this holiday season, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our colleagues and partners for contributing to our collective success and impact.
May the New Year be filled great accomplishments and lasting joy.
Another success! In just three days, FutureMedia Fest 2011 featured a slew of outstanding discussions, workshops, keynote speeches, and research demos. Check out stats, summaries, and more from this renowned GT event.