Fall 2018 IPaT Thursday Think Tank Schedule

Fall 2018 IPaT Thursday Think Tank Schedule

Alyson Powell Key
August 21, 2018
IPaT will kick off another semester of the IPaT Thursday Think Tank on September 13. The Think Tank is a weekly gathering of the IPaT community to brainstorm about research and stay informed about the work that everyone is doing. It's an informal gathering where the moderator kicks off the weekly topic but everyone is encouraged to join the discussion.

Networking begins at 3:30 pm and the discussion starts at 3:45 pm at IPaT, Centergy Building, Suite 600, 75 5th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308. Here's a look at this semester's topics and schedule:

September 13
Atlanta Map Room

(*Note: This week's Think Tank discussion will take place in TSRB Room 209)

The Atlanta Map Room is a public space for creating interpretive maps of the city, from a combination of contemporary data, historical documents, and personal experiences. These maps are large-scale physical artifacts, collaboratively-made, and meant for exhibition. The Atlanta Map Room builds upon the recent success of the St. Louis Map Room, a project lead by artist Jer Thorp in conjunction with the Center of Creative Arts.

Our team is collaborating with Thorp to develop a unique iteration of the project in Atlanta, meant to explore invisible tensions in the city, between its rapid development as a commercial hub and its long history as a center for civil rights and culture in the Southeast. The overarching goal of the Atlanta Map Room is to investigate what it means to visualize civic dialog around data. How can the seemingly mundane details of property tax assessments, building permits, and community surveys become the source materials for acts of collaborative creative expression?

Yanni Loukissas, Assistant Professor, School of Literature, Media, and Communication

September 20
The Reality of Poverty in a STEM Environment

Given our advances in science and technology, it’s easy to believe that poverty will soon be a thing of the past. Yet we have seen that while we can overcome poverty with the help of science and technology, we can also be seduced into overlooking the reality of poverty in our scientifically and technologically advanced age. At this week's IPaT Thursday Think Tank we will discuss hidden poverty that’s right here on campus and explore ways to address that poverty, including Georgia Tech's Students' Temporary Assistance and Resources (STaR) program, which facilitates collaboration between organizations offering student support for food, finances, clothing, housing, and connections.

Steven Fazenbaker, STaR Coordinator, Georgia Tech Division of Student Life

September 27
(There will not be a Think Tank discussion this week; please join us instead for the opening of the Everyday Georgia exhibit) 

Everyday Georgia: Exhibit Opening and Reception
Join us on Thursday, September 27 at IPaT as we showcase the portraits and stories of Georgians from different walks of life and regions of the state during the opening of this special exhibit. The Everyday Georgia project explores the lives of those touched by Georgia Tech’s research and technology initiatives. Through the coupling of photographs and audio interviews, the project shares the personal stories of more than a dozen Georgians – their challenges and accomplishments, and their vital role in Creating the Next at Georgia Tech.

October 4
Smart Cities, Smart Homes and Smart Lives: What If We Optimized Them for Wellbeing?
As we enter an era of connected devices, objects, systems, and infrastructure, combined with machine learning to make sense of the data, the possibilities to radically change our everyday experiences are tantalizing. Historically, when we’ve harnessed the power of new technologies, we’ve optimized (implicitly) for values like convenience, independence and private over public space. What values will we bring to this new era? What if we were to optimize for human well-being?

Steve Downs, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

October 11
(There will not be a Think Tank discussion this week.)

October 18
Mobile Health Platforms
Beth Mynatt, Executive Director, Institute for People and Technology
Jeremy Johnson, Research Scientist, Interactive Media Technology Center

October 25
Building Capacity for Sustainable, Interdisciplinary, Smart Campus Research

At this week's IPaT Thursday Think Tank, we'll discuss the development of a resource for use by researchers and service operators across disciplines and departments who seek to build capacity for sustainable, interdisciplinary, smart campus research and service delivery. We're leveraging communities and projects in process including the Living Building Challenge, Coda Data Instrumentation Project, Campus Enterprise Service Bus, and ongoing smart campus efforts in the GT Facilities. We plan to leverage our living lab efforts underway with Auxiliary services, Facilities, and OIT. We expect that a key contribution will include identifying the essential ingredients for novel and sustainable living lab operation and research models. This process will include gathering artifacts which we will make available in a repository and could serve as the basis for templates or accepted campus models.

Matt Sanders, Co-Director, Georgia Tech Research Network Operations Center
Russ Clark, Co-Director, Georgia Tech Research Network Operations Center

November 1
Creating Georgia Tech’s Center for Computing and Society

The influence of computing is remarkable, and its future frequently touted as unbounded. Yet against this backdrop of unprecedented development lays sobering recent events in which computing has managed not to advance society, but instead to fray it. The time is right – indeed urgent – for computing as a diverse community to mature beyond today’s whiz kid, shiny object, “move fast and break things” attitudes. The various disciplines that reflect on computing must grow up and take ownership of the steps needed to mitigate negative impacts of research and development, as well as harness computing in service of pressing social problems.

At this week's IPaT Thursday Think Tank, we'll discuss the creation of the Georgia Tech Center on Computing and Society: an emerging cross-disciplinary research initiative aiming for national and international leadership in understanding and advancing computing systems that are responsible and accountable to society.

Ellen Zegura, Professor, School of Computer Science
Carl DiSalvo, Associate Professor, School of Literature, Media, and Communication
Michael Best, Associate Professor, School of Interactive Computing

November 8
Connecting Georgia Tech with the Future of Esports

Electronic sports, known as esports, have undergone a meteoric rise in popularity over the past several decades enabled by technological advances in network connectivity, game engines, and online streaming platforms. Over 300 million fans have streamed almost 300 million hours on the Twitch platform alone, and the global viewership is expected to top 380 million by the end of 2018. However, even with the rapid acceptance and legitimation of esports in popular culture, there are still many fundamental gaps in our understanding for how to support the user experience around it.

At this week's IPaT Thursday Think Tank, we'll discuss how esports have much to gain through human-computer interaction (HCI) research in supporting viewers. Barriers for capturing and supporting new and diverse audiences are significant, and it is necessary that this research be driven and founded through industry partnerships to be successful.

Laura Levy, Research Scientist, Interactive Media Technology Center
Anne Sullivan, Assistant Professor, School of Literature, Media, and Communication

November 15
(There will not be a Think Tank discussion this week. We will instead host the invitation-only Convergence Innovation Competition.)

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